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Alumni Impact

Samuel Merritt University alumni are transforming the experience of care in local communities and around the globe.

Success in Healthcare

Our graduates leave SMU prepared to excel in their fields and specialty areas of choice. They are successful health care practitioners and educators who work in a variety of positions and settings that impact their communities.


Great Expectations

Alumni report their program met or exceeded expectations.

94% Graduation Rate for Past Three Years

We’re committed to our students' success, just as our student are dedicated to carrying for others.


Grads Who Find Work in Their Profession Within a Year

Our alumni are in high demand in our local communities and beyond.

100% of DNP Grads Employed Within Six Months

Our graduates are in high demand and find work quickly.


Median Nurse Salary in California

SMU alumni advance the quality of patient care while also making a good living.


NCLEX Pass Rate

SMU's licensure RN pass rates exceed the national average.


Pass Rate

OT students pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) from 2015-2017.


Student to Faculty Ratio

SMU prides itself on providing a personalized education. That translates into high student graduation rates.


Employment Rate

OT grads who find work in their field within a year.

100% Graduation Rate

SMU is dedicated to student success and our numbers show it.


Median Salary in California

DPT graduates improve people's lives while also making a good living.


Ultimate Pass Rate for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)

Our graduates have a higher ultimate NPTE pass rate compared to the national average.

$113k Median Salary for PAs in California

A career as a physician assistant can be both professionally and financially rewarding.


Find Work Within Six Months

All the program's alumni report finding work in clinical settings shortly after or even before graduation.


SMU faculty lead members of the International Healthcare Club on medical mission trips to Panama twice a year


Residency Placement Rate

SMU’s Doctor of Podiatry graduates boast the highest possible residency rates, leading to competitive jobs in the field.

Hands-on Learning

CSPM patient clinicals begin as early as second year, a year earlier than most.


Median Salary

Graduates with a degree in podiatric medicine earn high salaries while putting their skills to work to help patients.

Our Alumni Make a Difference

SMU graduates' licensure and certification pass rates exceed state and national averages. And our reputation for academic and clinical excellence means our alumni are heavily recruited and have one of the highest rates of employment within one year of graduation. You’ll find SMU graduates providing patient care, conducting research, and teaching in Northern California, across the state, and around the world. Here’s a look at some of the places our graduates work.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Stanford Health Care
Sutter Health
UC Davis Medical
Dignity Health
John Muir Health
Samuel Merritt University
Kaiser Permanente
Palo Alto Medical Foundation

SMU Proud

At SMU, student success is about more than grades. It’s about what our alumni do with their education. Most address our nation’s pressing need for health care practitioners who will improve the health and well-being of our communities. Our high-achieving alumni exemplify what can happen when students apply their knowledge to meet significant health care challenges.

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Nursing Alum Finds Calling in Disaster Relief


Nataly Kuznetsov (BSN ’09) has worked as a disaster relief nurse ever since graduating from Samuel Merritt University, but even that didn’t prepare her for the wildfires that swept across Northern...

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Alumni Spotlight | Marjorie Gill Patzer


What are you doing now? I have worked as a nurse for 55 years in various positions including pediatrics, medical-surgical, and ICU/CCU. I started several new programs including a cardiac rehab program...

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Alumni Spotlight | Susan Bennett


What are you doing now? I am currently working as a CRNA (Certified Nurse Anesthetist) at Kaiser South Sacramento. What is your fondest memory from your time at SMU? My fondest memory is the group of...

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