Samuel Merritt College officially became Samuel Merritt University today. The announcement is being made tonight by College President Sharon Diaz at Founder's Day, the institution's Centennial kickoff celebration.
Dr. Cornelius Hopper, the chair of the Samuel Merritt Board of Regents, said that changing the name to Samuel Merritt University better reflects the range of professional programs, including doctoral degrees and research opportunities, offered by the institution.
Over the past century, Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has evolved from a small school of nursing to a health sciences institution offering undergraduate and graduate education programs. It is the only provider of physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Recognizing the importance of advanced educational degrees in the expanding healthcare field, SMU offers doctoral programs in physical therapy and podiatric medicine and plans to offer doctorate degrees in nursing and pharmacy.