Student Services

Samuel Merritt University offers students a variety of support services during every stage of your educational journey.

Support for Students

The Office of Student Services supports the mission of the University and plays a significant role in educating the whole student in preparation for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society. Through the promotion of health, leadership, and community, Student Services supports students for life and a career in the health sciences.

The programs and services (listed in the menu to the left) foster the integration of student learning with personal development, personal responsibility, and the advancement of a healthy campus community.

SMU contracts with multiple agencies that require a criminal background and drug screening for students to be able to participate in rotations at their sites.  In response to these requirements, student criminal background check and drug screenings are conducted within a standardized process through the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services.  Criminal background checks are completed for all students as a condition of student admission.  Drug screenings are conducted for students from the DPM, DPT, MPA and MOT programs as required by their assigned rotation agency sites.  Both a criminal background check and drug screen are required upon admission for students attending all nursing programs with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.  Information and compliance guidelines for the SMU student criminal background and drug screening process are outlined below. 

A criminal background check must be completed by each SMU student as a condition of admission. By contract, in order to participate in rotations, SMU’s clinical agency partners require that each student complete a criminal background check.  Current statute of limitation:  If students maintain continuous enrollment, they generally will not be required to repeat a background check screen unless a clinical site specifically requires an updated report.

A drug screen is required by many of SMU’s clinical agency partners. All newly admitted nursing students are required to complete a drug screen.   Only students participating in the DNP and FNP or CM post professional nursing programs whose clinical rotations are conducted only at their existing place of employment may possibly be exempted from this additional requirement.   All other students (DPM, DPT, MPA, OTD, MOT) must complete a drug screen upon advance notification from their program clinical faculty/staff or program chair.  Currently, if students maintain continuous enrollment, they will not be asked to repeat a drug screen by the majority of clinical agencies.  Some agencies, however, may establish different timeframes for their drug screening and it is possible that some students will be required to be screened more than one time.

Background Check and Drug Screen

Background Check Only

Drug Screen Only (10 Panel)


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Academic Support

Academic Support Services helps students become more efficient and effective learners. We offer peer tutoring, writing assistance, study skills workshops, and professional development seminars.

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Career Services

The career team offers personalized assistance with your job or internship search and can help you explore online resources to prepare you for life after SMU.  

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Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments through training, partnerships, and innovative programs and accommodations.

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

We can help you determine what financial aid options are best for your academic needs and career goals.   

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Student Health & Counseling

SMU offers medical care services, from flu shots and urgent care to exams and screenings. Mental health services, including individual counseling, are available from licensed counselors. 

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Student Technology Resources

Learn how to keep all your devices connected while you’re on campus and how to connect to our services when you’re at home. 

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Veteran’s Resource Center

SMU provides assistance and support to active-duty and veteran students and their eligible family members.

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Writing Support

We offer resources for your writing and research needs. We provide online and peer tutoring and staff support.

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