The traditional path for pre-licensure nursing education, the two-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is for junior-level transfer students who have completed the prerequisite courses at another college or university and wish to pursue the license for Registered Nursing (RN).
Clinical education partnered with lecture and laboratory instruction is a hallmark of the BSN program. In addition to on-campus clinical laboratories, Samuel Merritt University maintains contracts with more than 100 institutions in the greater Bay Area for clinical rotations, which provide students with a broad and diverse exposure to nursing, multicultural health practices, and state-of-the-art research.
At the culmination of the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX and practice in hospitals, intensive care units, pediatrics, maternity, emergency rooms, and medical-surgical units. Our graduates can be found as leaders in case management, education, and practice, and many go on to complete a masters or doctoral degree to obtain even higher-level positions.
Admission to the BSN program is offered twice a year in the fall and spring semesters. The program is only offered on the Oakland campus.
- December 1 - Application Deadline for Fall
- July 1 - Application Deadline for Spring
Applications may begin to be filed as soon as the application for the upcoming term opens, keeping in mind that it is to your advantage to include as many available grades as possible with the application for admission. For example, with the application deadline of July 1 for spring, you should wait until you have grades from the spring term to submit your application. After the deadline, applications may be accepted on a space available basis. Contact the Office of Admission for further information once the deadline has passed.
Questions about the BSN program can be directed to: