Samuel Merritt University Scores High Among U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools

Bill Hendee

U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of graduate schools places Samuel Merritt University (SMU) among the nation’s top providers of graduate health education. SMU’s graduate Physician Assistant program is one of four specialties recognized in the new 2023-2024 Best Graduate School Rankings just released by U.S. News. The PA category is one that U.S. News does not normally evaluate every year.

"Physician Assistants ranks #2 for Best Health Care Jobs and continues to transform healthcare across the United States in providing direct patient care across nearly every specialty area. Congratulations to our faculty, staff, and students for this recognition as one of the best programs in the country. Samuel Merritt's PA program is leading the way in promoting health equity and producing practitioners that are committed to addressing the social determinants of health. Our students are engaged in the community and are key partners in interprofessional education (IPE) efforts at Samuel Merritt and this achievement is a testament to their commitment to patient outcomes and the region.” 

- Brian Clocksin, SMU Provost 

SMU is also ranked by U.S. News for its Nursing – Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy graduate programs, as well as being recognized as a Best Nursing School for Doctor of Nursing Practice. U.S. News is considered an authority in education rankings, providing data-driven information and guidance to help prospective students and their families understand their higher education options.

Recognition by U.S. News cements Samuel Merritt University’s reputation as a top graduate school. Earlier this year, college ranking website bestowed honors for Best Online Nurse Practitioner, Best Master of Science in Nursing, and Best Online Master of Science in Nursing degree programs. In 2021, SMU was called the Best College in California for Getting a Job by career research website Zippia.

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