Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements


The deadline to submit an application for consideration for the fall 2015 term of the ELMSN-Case Managment has been extended to December 1, 2014.

This extension is ONLY for the Case Management track of the ELMSN program. New submissions for consideration for the FNP track are no longer being accepted.

If you have additional questions, please contact Rosa Alvarado at 510-869-1571 or at RAlvarado@samuelmerritt.edu


Samuel Merritt University welcomes the opportunity to help you learn more about our Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing program.   The ELMSN program is offered on our campuses in Oakland (fall) and Sacramento (January).  The ELMSN program requires a previous baccalaureate in a non-nursing field.

Learn more about the ELMSN program:

Virtual Drop-In Counseling Now Available - Join an ELMSN chat room online
We are pleased to offer virtual drop ins to prospective ELMSN students.  You are welcome to virtually “drop in” and ask quick, general questions of an Admission Counselor.  This is entirely online.  Dates and times are:

October 6, 2014 12pm-1pm

October 10, 2014 12pm-1pm

October 14, 2014 12:30pm-1:30pm

October 20, 2014 12:30-1:30pm

October 21, 2014 3pm-4pm

October 27, 2014 2pm-3pm

October 29, 2014 12pm-1pm

Please note that all times are Pacific Standard Time (California time zone).

Please click here for more information about the VIRTUAL DROP INS.  After you have reviewed the general chat information and are ready to start the chat (see dates and time above), click here to join the chat.

Drop-In Counseling (Oakland only)
If you have a quick question or just need to know one or two things, drop-in counseling may be perfect for your busy schedule. No appointment is needed. Drop-in counseling is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. These are brief visits designed to provide you with some quick information.  Drop-in counseling is not available during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.

Counseling Appointments
Counseling appointments are regularly available on our campuses in Sacramento and Oakland and occasionally available at the San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center in San Mateo. Appointments are available weekdays, during regular business hours. Please call 510-869-6576 to schedule your counseling appointment.  These appointments are usually 30-45 minutes in length and the main purpose is to review your transcripts for required prerequisites.  Please bring unofficial or official transcripts with you to the appointment.

Admission Overview Sessions, ABSN and ELMSN programs
We offer regular admission overview sessions that include information on admission requirements, prerequisites and the application process. You may bring copies of all college level transcripts with you to be left with an Admission Counselor who will check them for the required prerequisites and get back to you in 5-10 working days.

Sacramento Regional Learning Center
The Information Session covers the ABSN and ELMSN program only.
Parking is free and plentiful, adjacent to the building. No RSVP is required.



Campus and Location

JAN 16, 2015, Friday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

JAN 30, 2015, Friday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 2, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

FEB 13, 2015, Friday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 2, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833 CANCELLED

FEB 27, 2015, Friday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 2, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
CANCELLED and rescheduled for March 6, 2015, Friday

MAR 6, 2015, Friday12 pm - 2pmClassroom 1, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

MAR 13, 2015, Friday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 2, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

MAR 27, 2015, Friday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 2, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

APR 9, 2015, Thursday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

APR 24, 2015, Friday

12 pm - 2 pm

Classroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

Please feel free to email losoteo@samuelmerritt.edu with any questions you may have.

Here is a directional link to the Sacramento Campus: http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/locations/sacramento


Admission Application


Please visit the Applications page for a copy of the application.

Priority Application Deadlines


Entry Term


November 1*



July 1



* Please note that the postmark deadline for ELMSN applications for fall admission is now November 1st.  A completed application including the application,  goal statement, prerequisite worksheet, 2 letters of recommendation, $50 non-refundable application fee, official or unofficial copies of all college transcripts must be postmarked by this deadline.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of baccalaureate and all prerequisites by the time of entry
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (prerequisites only)
  • Letters of reference - A minimum of two letters are required. One letter should be from an academic source addressing your academic preparedness for graduate study. The second should be from a healthcare professional addressing your clinical expertise.
  • Basic computer word processing skills
  • For those applying to the FNP track, conversant skill in a second language is highly desirable
  • If you have attended a nursing program at another college or university, a statement explaining your reasons for seeking a transfer will be required. Additionally, a letter from the Dean or Director of your nursing program indicating that you are in good standing and eligible for continued enrollment in the nursing program will be required.
  • CPR - certification at the healthcare provider level, earned prior to the start of classes from the American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org.
  • TOEFL (U.S. citizens or international students) - The need for TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided on the application for admission; if required, a score of 100 must be achieved and official score results must be provided, www.toefl.org.
  • TEAS Exam - Results must be available at the time of the application deadline. Applications without the TEAS will not be considered.

    Please click here for TEAS FAQs:   http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/nursing/teas_faq

    Please click here to register for the TEAS:  http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/nursing/teas_registration

  • Writing Sample - please adhere to the guidelines set within the application

Please click here for a list of TEAS FAQs.
Please click here to register for the TEAS exam.

Program Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be completed by with a grade of C or above.  Prerequisites may not be completed concurrently with the program; if you will not have prerequisites done by the stated time, you should apply for admission for a subsequent term.   There is no recency requirement for prerequisites.

English Composition/English Literature/English Critical Thinking (not Philosophy)

6 semester units

Interpersonal Communication
(a public speaking course is not acceptable)

3 semester units

Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology

3 semester units

Social Science Elective
(any anthropology, sociology, psychology or ethnic studies course beyond those required)

3 semester units


3 semester units

Life Span/Developmental Psychology
(content must cover birth to death)

3 semester units


3 semester units

Human Anatomy with lab*

4 semester units

Human Physiology with lab*

4 semester units

Chemistry with lab

4 semester units or 6 quarter units

Microbiology with lab

4 semester units

*These courses are often taught at Samuel Merritt University fall, spring and summer terms. They are designed for prospective students; you will find the information regarding the upcoming courses here: SMU Special Status Courses.

Application Processing Timeline

For a representative timeline of the admission cycle, please click on the appropriate link below.  NOTE: This is a tentative timeline and is intended for informational purposes only. The ELMSN department reserves to right to change or modify this timeline as necessary.

Fall 2015- Oakland Campus

Spring 2016- Sacramento Campus


Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of FAQs, please click here.

Course Resources

The following links list suggested acceptable prerequisite courses at local community colleges:

Other Resources

Grade Point Calculations and Course Repeat Policy

  • GPAs are calculated using a 4.0 scale
  • If a course has been repeated, only the most recent grade is included in the GPA
  • Science GPA is calculated using the four prerequisite science lab courses:  Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry

International Students

Please note that international students can only be admitted to study on the Oakland campus. We are unable to administer student visas at our Sacramento or San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center in San Mateo.