Accreditation

Samuel Merritt University is accredited through Spring 2021 by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  As a consistently high-performing institution, the University was selected as one of the inaugural group of institutions eligible in 2020 for a new Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation process based on a theme of the University’s choosing.

Student success is the reaffirmation theme selected by SMU because, as the demands on healthcare professionals become more complex, the education SMU provides needs to nurture a broader range of skills in students, including the ability to contribute to interprofessional healthcare teams. In support of this Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation, faculty and staff from every division of the University are engaged in an analysis of how the University promotes, supports and measures student success.  The expected WSCUC visit is in Fall 2020.

In addition to this continuous internal assessment, the University uses program specialty accreditation reviews as opportunities to evaluate how well programs and initiatives are serving the mission, vision, and values of the University.

Program and Accrediting Organization

Last/ Next Accreditation

Current Accreditation Letter

Undergraduate nursing programs: Baccalaureate Program in Nursing (BSN), Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

Accredited by California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN, and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE*

2017/2021

BRN

CCNE

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Accredited by California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN

2017/2021

BRN

Post-professional Certificate and Master’s Degree Program in Nurse Anesthesia (MS)

Accredited by Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, COA

2014/2024

COA

Entry-level Master’s Degree Program in Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Accredited by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, ACOTE

2018/2028

ACOTE

Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) – Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Accredited by California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN, and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE

2017/2027

BRN

CCNE

Entry-level Master’s Degree Program for Preparation of Physician Assistants

Accredited by Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., ARC-PA

2019; probation accreditation status/2021

ARC-PA

Entry-level Doctoral Degree Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Accredited by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, ACOTE

2018/2023, 2024

ACOTE

Doctoral Degree Program in Podiatric Medicine

Accredited by Council on Podiatric Medical Education, CPME

2014/2022

CPME

Entry-level Doctoral Degree Program in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Accredited by Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, CAPTE

2017/2027

CAPTE

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE

2017/2027

CCNE

* The Baccalaureate degree program in Nursing, Master’s degree program in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Samuel Merritt University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org)

 

  1. Licensure Examination Pass Rates
  2. Employment in Specialty
  3. Retention Rates
  4. Graduation Rates
  5. Program GPA
  6. Participation in educationally purposeful activities, community service, co-curricular activities
  7. Achievement of course, program and institutional learning outcomes

Metrics