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Prepare for your career in the medical field at a nationally recognized institution. Samuel Merritt University offers a variety of high-quality health sciences programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Create Healthier Communities One Patient at a Time

SMU offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatric medicine.

Our curriculum is rooted in our school’s mission to educate students to become highly skilled and compassionate health care professionals. Students learn to transform the experience of care with kindness and respect, and to advance the health equity and well-being of diverse populations and communities.

We believe in a well-rounded health sciences education. No matter what program you’re interested in, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning and service work embedded into your curriculum.

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SMU Advantage

Respected in the community, we're known across the country for our premier health sciences education.


Graduation Rate

Our dedicated students have a higher-than-average completion rate of their degree programs.

4 Doctoral Programs

SMU offers four doctoral programs: occupational therapy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, and nursing practice.


SMU Students Receiving Financial Aid

We’re committed to making your health care education affordable.

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SMU excels in training future nurses and nurse practitioners. We offer several nursing degree options, including bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral degrees. We also offer online and accelerated program options.

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Master of Physician Assistant

Physician assistants play a vital role in the health care field. Our broad, hands-on curriculum is designed to prepare you for national certification.

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Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapy program focuses on treating the whole person, combining basic sciences and occupation-based practice.

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Podiatric Medicine

Our California School of Podiatric Medicine prepares students to specialize in foot and ankle diseases, disorders, and injuries.

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Online Programs

Flexible and convenient, our online programs were designed for working health care professionals.

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Trained to Lead

SMU has been at the forefront of health professions education for more than 100 years.