Faculty Profile

Maria Ronquillo
Assistant Professor
ABSN SF Peninsula

Maternity Nursing Instructor at Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Peninsula Campus.

I have been a Maternity Nursing Instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years, and for the last 8 years, I have taught at Samuel Merrit University in the ABSN program. 

I am a lifelong OB nurse. In addition to being a busy per diem staff nurse, I am a seasoned preceptor of nursing students and new staff nurses. I have expertise in training nurses from other specialties who wish to learn Labor and Delivery as well as new graduate nurses wishing to enter maternity nursing right out of nursing school.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Biology, an Associate Degree in Nursing, and a Master of Science Degree with a focus in Nursing Education from San Jose State University. My master’s degree project was in using simulation in the teaching of OB concepts, and I have been very successful using what I learned about simulation and learning to deepen the experience of my students in their concentrated 5-week Maternity Nursing course. I am also currently working on my DNP with a focus in Educational Leadership.

I have found that not only is it especially rewarding to be part of the formation of new nurses, but it is our responsibility to develop those who will come after us to do the important life touching work that we do.



1980                BS Biology      University of the Philippines,                 Diliman Campus, Quezon City, Philippines              

1986                AA Nursing      Chabot College, Hayward, CA

2009                MS Nursing Education     San Jose State University School of Nursing, San Jose, CA

                        Fellow: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Nursing Educators for Tomorrow: A Teacher Scholar Model Program

                        Master’s Degree Project - Using Simulation for Teaching Maternity Nursing Skills: Students’ Perception of a Learning Experience.


Simulation in clinical teaching.

Mentoring of new graduate nurses and nurses interested in teaching.

Orientation and preparation of new faculty.

Nursing 144 - Maternity Nursing, Theory and Clinical

Nursing 125/126 - Health Assessment (Lab)

Nursing 170 - Community Health (Clinical)

Nursing 181 - Synthesis

Participant in Nursing Educators for Tomorrow: A Teacher Scholar Model Program, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This award included full funding for all the required courses for the Master of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing Education, plus a financial stipend.

Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics.

Certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring.

Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

AWHONN - Association of Womens Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses

ANA - American Nurses Association


Member for
7 years 11 months

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