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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 Students

Occupational Therapy

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

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Employment rate within one year of graduation


Student-to-teacher ratio


NBCOT exams pass rate

Occupational Therapy students
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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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Best Healthcare Jobs—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

Three year average 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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Expected job growth for family nurse practitioners through 2028—Bureau of Labor Statistics

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100+ years

Length of time SMU has prepared nursing professionals

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Median salary for nurse practitioners

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SMU Success

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


Student-to-Faculty Ratio

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.

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 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

No 1 Rank Zippia
Samuel Merritt University has been named the best college in California for getting a job by career research website Zippia.
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