Requirements for BRN/NCLEX


Thank you for your interest in Samuel Merritt University.  We receive many inquiries from Internationally educated healthcare professionals who have been instructed by the California Licensing Boards to contact us about taking one or more classes to be eligible to take the Licensure Exam in California.  Over the years, we have been able to accommodate some students in our classes.  In order to assist you in getting the required courses, please complete the following steps:

  1. Please click here for the application to use if you are an internationally trained nurse, needing to take class/es to meet BRN requirements to take the NCLEX.  Please print the application, complete it and return it to the address indicated on the form.
  2. Attach a copy of the letter from the Board of Registered Nursing or Other Licensing Boards.
  3. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

Once we have authorized you to take classes you will need to complete the addition 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 & drug screen: A criminal background check and drug screening is 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 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 (SMU) plans or waive SMU insurance if you have a plan of your own.  Enroll or register a waiver at  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 be the Basic Life Support BLS module (must include adult, infant and children). You may go to any provider for these classes but the University has a partnership with HeartStart CPR including discounted pricing.

Required health forms: Every student must complete the Student Health Forms, which list 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 do not hesitate to 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 drc@samuelmerritt.eduto schedule a private conversation

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