Samuel Merritt University and Notre Dame de Namur Universities Announce Cooperative Program for Nursing Education

Samuel Merritt University

For Immediate Release

Samuel Merritt University and Notre Dame de Namur Universities Announce Cooperative Program for Nursing Education

(Oakland, CA and Belmont, CA, November 23, 2010)  Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) and Samuel Merritt University (SMU) today announced a cooperative program under which students will be able to study at both institutions and receive a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree from Samuel Merritt University, based in Oakland, California.

Under the agreement students will take two years of foundation course work in liberal arts and sciences at NDNU.  Beginning in spring 2012, NDNU will then designate a number of students for admission to SMU. The nursing students will be admitted if they meet Samuel Merritt's curricular and grade point average requirements and have satisfied NDNU's requirements. Students may also be admitted in the fall on a space available basis. 

"This is a wonderful opportunity for NDNU students interested in a career in nursing. They have the opportunity of benefitting from two outstanding programs.  NDNU's will give them a quality liberal arts and pre-professional academic experience as well as a grounding in community service and social justice. Samuel Merritt University will provide a fully accredited curriculum, and quality faculty as well as access to an outstanding reputation for educating nurses and other health care professionals," said NDNU President Judith Greig, Ph.D.

Arlene Sargent, MSN, EdD, RN, Associate Dean of SMU School of Nursing, sees the partnership as a great example of how universities can join together to be highly efficient in meeting a critical state and community need. 

"Samuel Merritt School of Nursing is pleased to welcome NDNU as a partner in the BSN program and looks forward to building on the strong academic background the students will bring to the nursing experience," said Dr. Sargent.  "The partnership promises to expand the availability of a quality nursing curriculum to NDNU students."

Students will be exposed to the rural and urban communities during their 2+2 year education and will be immersed in varying nursing practices, scenarios and concerns because of the diverse communities.  In addition, students in the program will be mentored by experienced and nationally recognized faculty.

Notre Dame de Namur University is an independent Catholic, coeducational institution serving nearly 1800 students. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur, Belgium in 1851 and chartered by the state in 1868, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement. The University is fully accredited and offers 21 liberal arts and career preparation undergraduate programs, and 12 graduate degrees and 7 credentials. The 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, just south of San Francisco. 

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit

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