Transition to Professional Nursing Post Admission Requirements

Criminal background check:

A criminal background check and drug screening is required to be eligible to enroll in courses.  Please click on the following link to initiate your report:

Questions: Call Customer Service at 1.888.666.7788

Health insurance:

All students are required to have medical insurance coverage before the program start date. You can either enroll in one of Samuel Merritt University’s (SMU) insurance plans or waive SMU insurance if you have a plan of your own. You can find additional health insurance information including online insurance enrollment and online insurance waiver at If you have not received a confirmation email within five days after your submission, please contact our insurance consultant Trish Ivey at 888-978-8355.

SMU Online Learning Course

Prior to the start of the program, you are required to complete an online learning course through the SMU Canvas site. Access will be provided upon paying your tuition deposit and will come from the information technology department. . For help with your log-in information, please contact our helpdesk as 510-869-6836.

CPR Certification:

Certification must be from the American Heart Association and be the Basic Life Support BLS module (must include adult, infant and children). You may go to any provider for these classes but the University has a partnership with HeartStart CPR including discounted pricing.

Required health forms:

Every student must complete the following link: that specifically details your medical requirements. These documents should be submitted to Student Health and Counseling Center as soon as possible, but no later than your program start date to avoid a registration hold. All information must be submitted by uploading to Student Health System; fax to 510-869-6212; postal mail or hand delivers to the Health and Counseling Center located at 3100 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 3105, Oakland, CA 94609.  Due to privacy best practices, unencrypted email of documents is discouraged.


If you have a disability-related reason that prevents you from fulfilling any of these requirements, please contact the Disability Resource Center at to schedule a private conversation.

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