We offer undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at three Northern California campuses and online.
Provider of registered nurses in Northern California
Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates employed within six months
Occupational therapy is an in-demand career. We prepare you with hands-on experience from day one.
Board exams pass rate
Employment rate within one year of graduation
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.
Our broad, immersive curriculum is designed to prepare you for the variety of options available in this well-paid field.
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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.
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.
Length of time SMU has prepared nursing professionals
Expected job growth for family nurse practitioners through 2022
Median salary for nurse practitioners in 2018
We have a rich tradition of educating skilled and compassionate health professionals.
Graduates Who Find Work in Their Profession Within One Year
Our alumni are in high demand in our local community and beyond.
SMU has been preparing health care professionals for more than a century.
Students Who Receive Enough Financial Aid to Cover Costs
We’re committed to making your health care education as affordable as possible.
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 Bay Area, and the greater Sacramento area by partnering with local non-profits, schools, clinics, and faith-based organizations.Our Community Connections
Strength in Diversity
We believe that the more health care providers reflect the diversity of our communities, the better prepared they'll be to address health care inequities.We Value Diversity
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