- Please click here for the application to use if you are an internationally trained nurse who needs to take classes to meet BRN requirements to take the NCLEX. Please print the application, complete it, and return it to the address indicated on the form.
- Attach a copy of the letter from the Board of Registered Nursing or other licensing boards.
- See answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Once we have authorized you to take classes you will need to complete the additional steps below in preparation for clinical rotations. Please note that as a non-matriculated student you will not be eligible for financial aid.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen: A criminal background check and a drug screening are required to participate in clinical rotations. To initiate your background check and drug screening, visit this website and complete the process as required within 30 days. If you have questions about the process, please call CertifiedBackground.com customer service at 888.666.7788.
Health Insurance: All students are required to have medical insurance coverage in effect by their program’s first day of orientation. You can either enroll in one of Samuel Merritt University’s plans or waive SMU insurance if you have a plan of your own. Enroll or register for a waiver here. If you have not received a confirmation email within five days of your submission, please contact our insurance consultant, Trish Ivey at 888.978.8355.
CPR Certification: Certification must be from the American Heart Association and you must complete the Basic Life Support BLS module (adults, infants, and children). You may go to any provider for these classes but the University has a partnership with HeartStart CPR that includes discounted pricing.
Required Health Forms: Every student must complete the Student Health Forms, which lists the health requirements for incoming students. Please visit the Student Health Portal to enter your health information, as well as upload all the required supporting documents. In order to avoid a registration hold, please submit all your health requirements as soon as possible after being accepted into the program, but no later than 30 days before your program start date. All health information must be submitted online. Documents submitted by mail, fax, or email will not be accepted and your documents will not be returned.
If you have any questions please contact us.
If you may have a disability-related reason that prevents you from fulfilling any of these requirements, please contact the Disability Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org schedule a private conversation
Student Visas & Timeline for International Applications
We strongly encourage international applicants, including Canadian citizens, to observe the admissions deadlines for their program of interest as it can take up to three months to obtain a student visa.
Tests: TOEFL & MCAT
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international medical graduates applying for the Master of Physician Assistant program, Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. TOEFL scores may also be required for some applicants seeking to enroll in nursing courses.
For the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program, international students must have taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Coursework in the United States
While not required, Samuel Merritt University strongly encourages international graduate and doctoral applicants to complete one semester of graduate or undergraduate work at a U.S.-based college or university before beginning studies at SMU.