University Facilities and Locations


The primary campus of the university is located within the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center campus in Oakland.

Peralta Medical Office Building (3100 Telegraph Avenue)

A number of the University’s administrative offices are located on the 1st Floor of the Peralta Pavillion.  Offices include Admissions, Financial Aid, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services, the Campus Service Center, Information Technology, and Media Services.

The Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) is located on the 3rd Floor.

Five University-exclusive active learning classrooms and two conference rooms are located on the 4th Floor.

Peralta Pavillion (450-30th Street)

The Office of the President is located on the 2nd Floor of the Peralta Pavillion. Other administrative offices on the 2nd Floor include Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO, Registrar, Development and Alumni Affairs, Human Resources, and Payroll. The Bookstore is also located on the 2nd Floor.

The Departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and California School of Podiatric Medicine are located on the 3rd and 4th Floors.

The Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) is located on the ground level.

Four classrooms, a full computer lab, five laboratories, and the Student Lounge are located on the Lower Level.

Adjacent to the Peralta Pavillion building, near the green space, are the Gross Anatomy Lab and the Student Gym.

South Pavillion (3100 Summit Street AND 3012 Summit Street)

The School of Nursing offices are located on the 3rd Floor of the South Pavillion.  To access this area, use the elevator located closest to the 3100 Summit Street entrance.  Students have access to this area Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The Histology/Microbiology Lab is located on the G-Level.  To access this area, use the elevator located closest to the 3100 Summit Street entrance.

The Facilities Department, Institutional Research, and the Director of Assessment are located on the 1st Floor of the South Pavilion in the C-Wing.  The C-Wing is most easily accessed from the 3012 Summit Street entrance.

The School of Pharmacy is located on the 6th Floor.  To access this area, use the elevator located closest to the 3012 Summit Street entrance.



The Health Education Center (HEC) is a 44,000 square foot building which houses:

  • Three classrooms, one conference room, and one Tandberg® classroom

  • Bechtel Room, a 350-seat multi-purpose room

  • A fully equipped kitchen for catered luncheons and banquets

  • Fontaine Auditorium, which seats 250 and has audiovisual capabilities from television to multimedia presentations

For more information about the Health Education Center and how to reserve the conference rooms, please see the Facilities webpage under Health Education Center.



Located in the Health Education Center, the John A. Graziano Memorial Library houses one of the largest collections of health sciences materials among private holdings in the East Bay.  The library extends borrowing privileges to students, faculty and staff of Samuel Merritt University and the employees and medical staff of the Oakland campus of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.  Weekday and weekend hours are ample to accommodate the needs of a diverse undergraduate and graduate population. The collection includes a variety of journals, indexes, electronic full text books and journals, and health sciences texts.  Library staff provide information, assistance, and guidance in the use of materials for research projects and class assignments.  Remote access to library-licensed databases is available by proxy server.  Through Inter-Library Loan and Document Delivery Services, students may make arrangements to borrow books and copies of articles from other local, regional, and national collections.

The library provides computerized search facilities, an online library catalog, two photocopy machines, video viewing rooms equipped with audiovisual equipment, individual study carrels, computer room and printers.  Access to the full suite of Microsoft Office software is also available.  Contact (510) 869-8900 for more information.



The University provides the following laboratory facilities located in the Peralta Pavillion.

Gait Laboratory

The Gait Laboratory contains treadmills, an EKG unit, a Kinesiology EMG unit, bicycle ergometers, a metabolic cart, and potential facilities for motor control studies and other research activities.

Gross Anatomy Laboratory

The Gross Anatomy Laboratory is approximately 3,800 square feet.  It contains stainless steel anatomical dissection cadaver tables, metal stools, sinks for hand washing, and cabinets for storage of dissection equipment and specimens.  Equipment in the lab includes hanging skeletons, disarticulated skeletons (bone boxes), spine models, and various joint models.

Health and Physical Assessment Laboratories

The University maintains health and physical assessment laboratories for both the Nursing and Physician Assistant programs.  Ten stations are available for practicing physical examination skills.

Health Sciences Simulation Center

The Health Sciences Simulation Center is a 5,500 square foot facility, designed with four large teaching and learning areas, including two simulation suites. Each simulation suite is comprised of a simulation action room, control room, conference/debriefing room, and a storage area.  Human patient simulators (HPS) are life-like manikins integrated with computer software that enable replication of normal and abnormal physiological responses to events and/or therapeutic interventions (e.g., drug administration).  The Center currently houses four SimMan® and two SimBaby® simulators produced by Laerdal®.  A unique feature of the Center is the digital audio-video system and performance assessment software provided by Education Management Solutions, Inc. (EMS) that is integrated with the human patient simulators.  The technologies and software applications work in tandem to record the student/patient simulation sessions, enabling University faculty to evaluate the performance of the students.  It is the EMS software that enables the immediate review of patient care scenarios during debriefing sessions, a critical component of simulation training.  All of the areas have distance learning capability, via the Tandberg® videoconferencing system.

Two additional teaching/learning areas are situated adjacent to the simulation suites.  Both areas are spacious, have a realistic clinical milieu, and are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and clinical instruments that allow for experiential learning in physical diagnosis, health assessment and all the foundational skills for nursing and physician assistant clinical practice.

Human Occupation Laboratory

The Human Occupation Laboratory supports a range of activities, from splinting to facilitating small crafts for use as hand tools and applying adaptive equipment.  This is a multipurpose laboratory where various projects and group activities can be conducted.  This room has an observation booth and can serve as a pediatrics laboratory for children with special needs.

Splinting and Orthotics Laboratory

This room is equipped with thermoplastics materials, casting-bracing products, heating pans, and splinting tools for the fabrication of splints and appliances for the management of scar tissue and edema.

Therapeutic Exercise Laboratory

The Therapeutic Exercise Laboratory is approximately 2,000 square feet in size.  It is equipped with high-low therapy tables, rolling treatment stools, metal footstools, mat tables, a set of wall pulleys, parallel bars, a hydrocolater pack machine and other therapeutic exercise equipment.  Storage units contain crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, floor mats and free weights.  The room also contains traction tables.  This lab is designed for instruction in physical therapy patient evaluation and management.



There are several common areas within the University which are available to all currently enrolled students.  When students use these areas, they agree to keep them clean and to report damages or safety hazards to the Facilities Department.  Any person or group planning to use any common area for an event must contact an HEC Scheduling Coordinator to avoid conflicts by making reservations.  The exception to this rule is the Student Lounge for which reservations should be made through the Student Body officers or the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services.  Appliances and furniture are for the enjoyment of all users and must not be removed from the designated areas.

Barbecue Grill

Use of the barbecue grill must be approved by the Facilties Department (x1505).

Student Fitness Room

Located in the Peralta Pavillion Green Space, adjacent to the Peralta Pavillion, the student gym is available 24-hours each day.  An SMU ID badge is required for access to the gym.  As this area is unsupervised, students are invited to use the equipment at their own risk.  The University cannot assume liability for injuries incurred from use of the equipment.


After using the kitchen in the Health Education Center and the Peralta Pavillion Student Lounge, students should make sure that all appliances are turned off, dishes and utensils are washed and put away, and the area is clean.  Personal items in the refrigerator should be marked with the owner’s name and date.


A limited number of lockers are available for commuting students at no cost.  Students must provide their own locks. Lockers are located (1) on the 4th Floor of the Peralta Medical Office Building; (2) on the lower level of Peralta Pavillion in the men’s and women’s restrooms; (3) in the Health Sciences Simulation Center – both North and South; and (4) in the Anatomy Lab.

Lost and Found

Lost and found services are available at the ABSMC Security Department, HEC Front Office, and Facilities Department.



Sacramento Regional Learning Center (SRLC) is located at 2710 N. Gateway Oaks Drive, 3rd Floor.  Suite 360 houses the Managing Director, administrative offices, administrative assistants, two large classrooms, student lounge, and study area/library with part-time librarian.  Also in this area are a small classroom/Tandberg® System, computer lab, and clinical/simulation lab.  Suite 340 houses the Admission and Student Services Counselor, faculty offices, and an administrative assistant.

San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center (SFPLC) is located at 1720 Amphlett Boulevard.  This location houses the Managing Director, faculty and staff offices, three large wireless classrooms (one of which has Tandberg® capability), a 12-bed skills lab, a student computer lab with a small library and part-time librarian, break room, conference room, and traveling office spaces for student services such as Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Accounts, and Admission Counselors.

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