Nursing Success! Seminar

Nursing Success SeminarNursing Success! Seminar 
June 5-7, 2019

Samuel Merritt University hosts a three day nursing seminar that provides participants from underrepresented groups with the opportunity to explore the nursing profession.  The Seminar is presented via two simultaneous tracks:

Track 1 BSN Direct-Entry:  Open to participants currently completing pre-nursing coursework at California’s Community Colleges or 4 year institutions. This track is only available to prospective participants who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and who is interested in SMU’s direct entry transfer BSN program.

Track 2 ABSN/ELMSN:  Open to participants who already have (or will have) a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and who are interested in SMU’s the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) or Entry Level Master of Science (ELMSN) program.

During the Nursing Success Seminar you will:

  • Have an invaluable learning experience and opportunity to explore the profession of Nursing
  • Participate in organized lectures covering relevant topics in nursing such as: Reducing Health Disparities, International Nursing, and the Nursing Profession Today
  • Learn about the SMU admission process, Financial Aid and preparation for the TEAS exam
  • Tour and demonstration of SMU’s state of the art Health Sciences Simulation Center
  • Meet and speak with SMU nursing students, faculty, and University staff

How does one qualify for the Seminar?

Successful applicants to Track 1 must have completed a minimum of 24 semester units of college level coursework at either a CA Community College or 4 year institution. Applicants to Track 2 must have earned or will earn a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Applicants may not have been previously enrolled in a nursing program. Your overall college GPA will be taken in consideration, since there is limited space, expect acceptance to be competitive.

How many participants are accepted to the Seminar?

Participation in the Nursing Success Seminar is limited to 25 participants for each track.

Where does the Seminar take place?

The Nursing Success Seminar will be held on the main campus of Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA.

Cost & Out of pocket Expenses

There is no program cost associated with the Seminar. Seminar participants will be expected to cover their own travel & parking expense to and from the campus. Breakfast and lunch are included as part of the seminar.

How do I apply for the Nursing Success Seminar?

Apply Here

In addition to a complete application, please submit: a complete set of your unofficial transcripts from all colleges attending/attended (merge all transcripts into one document before uploading to the application) and a type written response to the personal statement. 

When is the application deadline?

April 15, 2019

When will you know if you’ve been accepted to the Seminar?

Successful participants will be notified by May 7, 2019 by email.

Should you have questions regarding the Nursing Success Seminar, please forward questions to:

Shawna Holbrook
Admission Counselor
Samuel Merritt University
P: (510) 879-9222

Applying to SMU in the future?
While attending the SMU Nursing Success Seminar will not guarantee you admission into the BSN, ABSN, or ELMSN programs, we hope it will ease some of the stress of the application process. There will be some additional benefits to you should you choose to apply to SMU after your participation in the seminar. These will be discussed during the seminar.

What students are saying about Nursing Success:

“I can truly say the Nursing Success Seminar was a life changing experience for me. You did an awesome job coordinating the event with valuable content about the nursing industry and speakers! Thank you for the genuine effort to make a difference in the "faces of healthcare"; diversity is always more progressive!”

Natalie Lucas
Nursing Success Seminar, 2016: Accepted for Fall 2018 ELMSN-FNP


“Thank you for this wonderful seminar! I had a great time and I learned a lot. Samuel Merritt is certainly a great school with a mission statement that resonates strongly with me. This seminar ended up being far more special than I thought a three day seminar could ever be, and hopefully I will return to this school as a student in the future.”

Daniel Klein
Nursing Success Seminar, 2016


“I just wanted to thank you again for hosting the Nursing Success Seminar. It was a truly life-changing and one of a kind experience. I have never been in a room full of intelligent, kind-hearted, and diverse group of individuals striving for the same positive change. Thank you for all the hard work that you, along with the student ambassadors, and staff to create such a well-organized, detailed, informative, and inspiring event. I left feeling united with my peers and even more excited to apply to Samuel Merritt University”

Lisa Soohoo
Nursing Success Seminar 2017: Accepted for spring 2018 BSN


“Thank you so much for the wonderful experience as I have learned a lot and gained valuable information about nursing careers from amazing speakers. I really enjoyed my experience as it was very empowering to be in a program full of other like-minded students who have similar goals and interests. This experience solidified my interest to pursue a career in nursing.”

Dahae Hwang
Nursing Success Seminar 2019


“Thank you for giving me an opportunity to participate in the seminar which was really informative. It was one of the best experiences of my life and a great eye opener in the field of nursing. I will definitely stay connected and utilize the resources given to us during the seminar to achieve my goal.”

Tenzin Gyaltsen
Nursing Success Seminar 2019


“I wanted to thank you again for such an informative and immersive experience. I had a great time meeting so many like-minded  and intelligent people that I could to relate to on many levels. The seminar calmed my nerves and provided me with a lot of  information to prepare for the nursing application as well as a career in nursing. I was not expecting how deep and emotional this experience would get after hearing how passionate my peers were about becoming a nurse and helping the community. It was truly inspiring and felt right.” 

Kendall Miller
Nursing Success Seminar 2019

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
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