No. 2 in Nation, No. 1 in State

Samantha Bronson, SMU News

Samuel Merritt University’s College of Nursing has been ranked No. 2 in the country and its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program ranked No. 1 in California, according to college rankings website College Factual. 

College Factual awarded the top spot to SMU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program after analyzing U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on more than 1,000 universities nationwide. In particular, the ranking highlighted the early-career salaries of BSN graduates—with Samuel Merritt graduates making a median $102,400 annually. That’s 65% higher, or $40,000 more annually, than the typical college graduate in the field.

Not only are the University’s BSN graduates better compensated, but they are also in high demand with 72% finding jobs in the field within six months and 95% find a job within a year. In addition, nearly all, 97%, of students graduate on time.

The BSN program is known for its emphasis on hands-on learning, with clinical courses that place students into hospital and community settings. The U.S. Department of Labor projects the field of nursing will grow 15 percent through 2026, faster than the average for other occupations.

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