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Transforming health care. Transforming communities.

Samuel Merritt University delivers a high-quality health sciences education with a focus on
compassion and community engagement. Our students become skilled and caring professionals
motivated to improve health outcomes and increase access to care.

Our Programs

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We offer undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at three Northern California campuses and online.

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Provider of registered nurses in Northern California

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Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates employed within six months

Celeyse Matthews ABSN 19
Occupational Therapy Students

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is an in-demand career. We prepare you with hands-on experience from day one.

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Student-teacher ratio


Board exams pass rate

Occupational Therapy students

Employment rate within one year of graduation

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FNP student and patient

Physician Assistant

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

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First-time National Certification Pass Rate.
SMU students have a higher-than-average first-time pass rate.

Students and faculty
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Podiatric Medicine

Our comprehensive Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program prepares students to treat foot and ankle diseases, disorders, and injuries.

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First-time pass rate of graduates on the NBPME licensure exam.

CSPM student, 2019

Residency placement rate.
Our Doctor of Podiatric Medicine graduates find residencies all over the nation.


Median salary

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Students studying


We offer flexible and convenient online programs designed for nursing professionals to advance their careers while working full- or part-time.

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100+ years

Length of time SMU has prepared nursing professionals


Expected job growth for family nurse practitioners through 2022

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Median salary for nurse practitioners in 2018

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SMU Success

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.


Year Founded

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.

Featured Events

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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.

Osmary Hernandez at La Clinica de la Raza

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
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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

SMU Perspectives

Celeyse Matthews ABSN 19
I had always thought about a nursing career but didn’t feel ready for it when I was younger.
Celeyce Matthews ABSN '19

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