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Transforming healthcare. 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


Occupational Therapy

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

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Occupational Therapy students

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FNP students

Doctor of Nursing Practice Online Program – Family Nurse Practitioner

At Samuel Merritt University, our DNP-FNP program is designed to empower nurses to excel in this changing landscape, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and perspective to make a significant impact in the lives of patients and the broader healthcar

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We look for Bachelors-level nursing professionals seeking to advance in their career in an advanced practice specialty area

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Samuel Merritt University is offering $10,000 scholarships to all first-time, full-time DNP-FNP applicants

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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

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Three year average residency placement rate. Our doctor of podiatric medicine graduates find residencies all over the nation.

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National Average Salary


Master of Social Work

SMU’s Master of Social Work program prepares graduates to work as respected members of interdisciplinary teams that provide health services and social services that enhance people's quality of life.

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Created to meet the needs of healthcare providers looking for well-trained medical and behavioral health social work providers

MSW students

Prepared to effectively collaborate as part of integrated teams to advance health outcomes for the individuals, families, and communities

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Specialized practice in integrated health, behavioral health, and medical social work

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SMU Success

We have a rich tradition of educating skilled and compassionate health professionals.


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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.

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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.

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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
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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

SMU Perspectives

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Samuel Merritt University has been named the best college in California for getting a job by career research website Zippia.
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