We offer undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at four Northern and Central California campuses and online.
RN First-Time NCLEX Pass Rate
Nursing alumni employed within six months
Occupational therapy is an in-demand career. We prepare you with hands-on experience from day one.
Employment rate within one year of graduation
NBCOT exams pass rate
Our rigorous Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares students to become skilled, competent practitioners in a rapidly growing profession.
First-time pass rate of graduates on the NPTE licensure exam
Find a job within one year
Our broad, immersive curriculum is designed to prepare you for the variety of options available in this well-paid field.
Best Healthcare Jobs—U.S. News & World Report
First-time National Certification Pass Rate. SMU students have a higher-than-average first-time pass rate
Our comprehensive Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program prepares students to treat foot and ankle diseases, disorders, and injuries.
First-time pass rate of graduates on the NBPME licensure exam
Three year average residency placement rate. Our doctor of podiatric medicine graduates find residencies all over the nation.
We offer flexible and convenient online programs designed for nursing professionals to advance their careers while working full- or part-time.
Expected job growth for family nurse practitioners through 2028—Bureau of Labor Statistics
Length of time SMU has prepared nursing professionals
Median salary for nurse practitioners
We have a rich tradition of educating skilled and compassionate health professionals.
Our alumni are in high demand in our local community and beyond.
Close connections to faculty and fellow students and a personalized approach to education are just some of the benefits.
Students Who Receive Financial Aid
We’re committed to making your health care education affordable.
Providing Hands-on Learning
We believe one of the best ways to build your confidence as a care provider is to prepare you with plenty of practical experience.Explore
Dedicated to Community
SMU is committed to serving Oakland, the San Francisco Peninsula, Sacramento, and Central California by partnering with local nonprofits, schools, clinics, and faith-based organizations.Our Community Connections
Strength in Diversity
We believe that the more healthcare providers reflect the diversity of our communities, the better prepared they'll be to address healthcare inequities.We Value Diversity
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