Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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About the Degree

Samuel Merritt University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is a two-year program that is completed in four semesters.  Applicants typically complete their prerequisite courses at other colleges and universities (including community colleges). We admit both in the fall and spring.  Please visit the Admission Process page to review all admission requirements and prerequisites.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is an intensive, 12-month program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, who have completed the prerequistes for the nursing program.

Why Choose Nursing?

Today, nursing is a profession that demands sophisticated knowledge, strong decision-making skills, and a high degree of compassion for humankind. In return, you will experience respect, an unrelenting demand for your services and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Nursing is a dynamic, evolving discipline based on knowledge of human health derived from research, theory, and practice. For more information about opportunities for today's nurse please visit the following websites: or

The SMU DIfference

We have been preparing nurses for over 100 years. Our reputation for preparing highly qualified, exceptionally well-prepared health care professionals is due to our excellent curriculum, state-of-the art learning facilities, and personal attention to the student. Our graduates are known throughout their fields as exceptional health care professionals who care for their patients using a holistic approach. Our course offerings emphasize real-world learning and integrate the latest health care research. Samuel Merritt faculty possess exceptionally strong clinical and academic backgrounds, helping our students keep in tune with the latest advances and innovations within their specialties.

We are committed to educational innovation in theory and practice to prepare highly competent professional nursing leaders who are engaged in the advancement of nursing practice and the improvement of health for diverse populations/peoples. In our commitment to our students, we ensure that each BSN student is assigned a faculty nurse advisor for the entire program. Moreover, students have opportunities for leadership, community involvement, engagement with students across the other health science majors, and global travel. We welcome you to take a look at our students' journeys during their program at SMU.



In less than two years, my family has a better life. It was a fast program and I spent many nights studying after the kids went to bed, but now I’ve got a lot to show for it: A new career Alejandra Villegas FNP
Our background in sports and passion for physical performance drove us to study the science of human movement. Tino and Tron Tino & Tron Hardy Physical Therapy
So many foot problems can be successfully treated if they are identified early, and corrective measures are taken. Then, there are patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases that require specialized, ongoing foot care. We see everything in our clinics. Samantha Ralstin Samantha Ralstin Podiatric Medicine

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