Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses

Hi! Have questions? Most are answered in the FAQ's section below! 

***SUMMER 2020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY ONLINE ONLY***
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both anatomy and physiology will be taught online for Summer 2020 term.

Through the Department of Basic Sciences and the School of Nursing, certain pre-requisite courses are available to the general public. Courses available include:

  • Human Anatomy(includes lab) (Basic Sciences)
  • Human Physiology (includes lab) (Basic Sciences)
  • Pathophysiology (School of Nursing)
  • Pharmacology (School of Nursing)

These courses are offered year round in spring, summer and fall, and can be used to meet the pre-requisite requirements for a number of Samuel Merritt University’s programs. Space is made available to students who wish to take the courses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please read all of the information on this page before registering for courses. For additional information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Anatomy & Physiology

***ONLINE ONLY FOR SUMMER 2020***

Anatomy and Physiology are offered through our Oakland campus. The courses are in person only. All on campus meetings are mandatory. Lab and lecture must both be taken together. Although there are no pre-requisites for these classes, prior coursework in Biology and Chemistry will be helpful. Students may take both classes simultaneously; however, if you plan to take them in sequence, we recommend taking Anatomy first followed by Physiology.

Human Anatomy Lecture and Lab (4 units)

BSCI 015 & BSCI 016
Offered: Spring, Summer & Fall
Method of Delivery: On Oakland Campus
Course Description

Human Physiology Lecture and Lab (4 units)

BSCI 025 & BSCI 026
Offered: Spring, Summer & Fall
Method of Delivery: On Oakland Campus
Course Description

Course Dates

FALL 2020

Physiology

September 9 - December 16, 2020 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Lecture/Lab: 4:00 - 6:50PM MW

Anatomy WILL NOT BE OFFERED FALL 2020, WILL BE AVAILABLE SPRING 2021 TERM

Registration Period

July 20 @ 10am - August 31, 2020 @ 10am

 

 

Pharmacology & Pathophysiology

Pharmacology and Pathophysiology are offered online through the School of Nursing. * Please note that both anatomy and physiology are required prerequisites for pharmacology and pathophysiology. HOWEVER: We do not require official/unofficial transcripts; you are certifying completion by submitting an application to pharmacology/pathophysiology. 

Pharmacology (3 units)

Offered: Spring, Summer & Fall
Method of Delivery: Online

Prereqs: anatomy & physiology

Pathophysiology (3 units)

Offered: Spring, Summer & Fall
Method of Delivery: Online

Prereqs: anatomy & physiology

Course Dates

FALL 2020

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 

August 10 through October 18, 2020

Registration Period

July 1 @ 10am - July 29, 2020 @ 10am

 

 

Questions

After reading the above information and the FAQs, additional questions can be directed towards the individuals below. 

Questions about course registration (application, enrollment) can be directed to:

Registrar's Office
Jose Vera
510.879.9200 x 7310
jvera@samuelmerritt.edu

 

Questions about Anatomy & Physiology courses can be directed to:

Department of Basic Sciences
Dr. Barb Puder
510.879.9286
bpuder@samuelmerritt.edu

 

Questions about Pathophysiology & Pharmacology courses (course content, material, syllabus, etc) can be directed to:

School of Nursing
510.879.0788

 

Tuition

Tuition for undergraduate pre-requisite courses is listed on the SMU Tuition Page. These amounts do not include the cost of course materials (i.e., books).

Important Note about Financial Aid: because these courses are taken outside of a degree granting program, financial aid is not available to assist in covering the costs of tuition. All applicants must assume the responsibility for the cost of each course. 

How do I register/apply?

Submit an online application during the application/registration period (link below). 

What are the undergraduate pre-requisite courses at SMU?

The undergraduate pre-requisite courses offered at Samuel Merritt University include Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology. These courses are considered prerequisite courses and therefore do not require applicants to submit transcripts from other institutions to SMU. 

Who can register for Basic Science courses at SMU? 

Anyone who is interested in taking the available courses offered can apply and be registered for these courses. Please note that in almost all cases students who apply will be registered in the courses selected on their application.

Are these classes online or in person?

Pharmacology and Pathophysiology are available online only through the Canvas student portal. More information about Canvas is available once an application has been submitted and the individual has been registered in the course(s).

Anatomy and Physiology are in person courses held on the Oakland campus. All on campus meetings are mandatory.

How many courses can I be registered in each semester?

It is up to the applicant to decide how many courses they want to take in any given semester. However, it is advised that applicants consider the workload they can personally manage during a semester.

Please note that in almost all cases students who apply will be registered in the courses selected on their application.

I’ve submitted my application for the course(s) I wish to take. Now what?

You will receive a confirmation email from the SMU Office of Admission confirming that we have received your application. Please make sure to check the email account that you used when you submitted your application.

Once we receive your application, you will be registered for the course(s) you selected. You will receive a second email message confirming your registration and which also includes instructions for preparing for your upcoming course(s). The registration process usually occurs 2-3 weeks after you submitted your application.

I submitted my application but have decided to no longer continue with the course. What do I do?

Once you have received confirmation via email that you were registered for the course(s) you selected on your application, please use the provided link in that email to formally withdraw from the course(s). You can also use our petition to drop courses. If you require further assistance with this process, you can also contact the Registrar’s Office for help.

How much does each course cost? 

Tuition for undergraduate pre-requisite courses is listed on the  SMU Tuition Page. These amounts do not include the cost of course materials (i.e., books).

Important Note about Financial Aid: because these courses are taken outside of a degree granting program, financial aid is not available to assist in covering the costs of tuition. All applicants must assume the responsibility for the cost of each course. 

Can I receive financial aid to cover the cost of the courses? 

No. Because these courses are taken outside of a degree granting program, financial aid is not available to assist in covering the costs of tuition. All applicants must assume the responsibility for the cost of each course. 

Is the application fee ($50) refundable if I change my mind but already submitted an application?

No. The application fee is non-refundable. By submitting an application, you are confirming you intend to take these courses and reserving a seat in these highly in-demand courses.

I have questions/concerns regarding my application and/or submitting my pre-requisite grade(s)/transcript to SMU/NursingCAS.

Please contact the Admission Office: admission@samuelmerritt.edu. 

I am looking for application/course dates for a future semester but do not see them listed on this website.

If registration/application dates are not posted to this webpage, that means dates are still pending and not yet finalized. When they are, they are posted to the website. Generally, Spring semester registration runs between November-December, with the term running between early January-mid March. Summer registration generally begins in late March through April, with term running between early May and late July. Fall registration is typically opened in late June/early July through end of July, with courses held between mid-August through late October.