Samuel Merritt University (School of Nursing)

Samuel Merritt University (School of Nursing)

Oakland, CA
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Tuition Cost $44,166 | $44,166
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Samuel Merritt University

Established in 1909, Samuel Merritt University prepares individuals to become compassionate and skilled professionals who provide high-quality health care to diverse populations. Its main campus is located in Oakland, California, in the western region of the United States.

Samuel Merritt is highly regarded in the health care industry for educating and cultivating outstanding health care professionals.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program that can be completed in as little as 12 months.

The program is designed for individuals who have bachelor's degrees in other fields but are interested in pursuing careers in nursing. It allows them to build upon their past experiences and academic achievements to gain high-level nursing skills.

The program is offered at the university's main campus in Oakland, California, and satellite campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Mateo.

ABSN Curriculum

The ABSN curriculum, which includes five terms of intensive and fast-paced study, consists of 52 units of coursework. Prior to entering the program, students complete prerequisite science courses, such as pharmacology and pathophysiology.

Courses include "Community Health Nursing," "Health Assessment I and II," "Nursing Research," and "Pediatric Nursing." The curriculum also includes a "Senior Synthesis," which allows students to focus on specific areas of nursing and provide quality care to diverse patient populations.

Although the ABSN program's curriculum and format are different from the traditional BSN program, its goals, foundational concepts, and learning outcomes are the same.

Admission Criteria for the ABSN Program

Applicants to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program have completed their baccalaureate degrees and prerequisites at regionally accredited institutions. They also have cumulative GPAs of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units, as well as minimum GPAs of 3.0 for science prerequisites.

In addition, they have basic word processing skills, CPR certifications, TOEFL scores of at least 100 (if required), and Test of Essential Academic Skills scores that meet or surpass national averages.

Applicants also each submit two reference letters and three writing samples. Applicants who are seeking to transfer from other nursing programs submit statements explaining the reasons for their transfers, and letters of good standing from the deans of their schools.

Traditional BSN Program at Samuel Merritt University

The traditional BSN program includes pre-nursing and nursing curricula. The pre-nursing curriculum includes liberal arts and science courses that form the foundation of nursing education. Students complete this curriculum at Holy Names University, Mills College, Notre Dame de Namur University, or Saint Mary's College of California.

The nursing curriculum is completed at Samuel Merritt University during students' junior and senior years. It includes 67 units of clinical, laboratory, and lecture courses including "Community Health," "Healthy Aging," "Pharmacology," and "Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing."

Clinical Education at Samuel Merritt University

Students receive clinical education at more than 100 reputable institutions throughout the Bay Area and through clinical laboratories at the university. As a result, they acquire broad exposure to nursing practice, multicultural health practices, and cutting-edge research.

Students also receive group (eight to nine students) supervision that facilitates learning and sound nursing practice. Furthermore, students in their last terms of study are assigned nurse preceptors who provide individualized support that helps them fulfill their clinical objectives and course requirements.

Rigorous classroom learning and clinical education ensure that students graduate from the program prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Financial Aid at Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University is committed to helping students finance their college educations, so it participates in federal grant, loan, and work study programs. The university also offers scholarships and tuition payment plans.

Students may also pursue scholarships from external sources such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship.

Exceptional Nursing Faculty at Samuel Merritt University

Nursing faculty members have exceptional academic and clinical backgrounds. They are also excellent mentors and teachers who are committed to their students' academic and professional success.

Professor Collin Bowman-Woodall has been a registered nurse since 1991. She specializes in critical care and post-anesthesia care. Maria Burkhalter Ronquillo has more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in all areas of maternal-newborn nursing. She is also an experienced preceptor for nursing students and new nurses, as well as an outstanding trainer for nurses who want to learn about labor and delivery.

Student Life at Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University offers students a wide range of support including health care, counseling, disability services, academic assistance, and career services.

The university also provides a variety of activities such as career fairs; films, seminars, and workshops on health-related topics; exercise and fitness classes; and social and recreational activities.

In addition, the Student Body Association coordinates academic activities, events, social gatherings, and sponsorships that connect students from various programs and locations. The organization also represents the student body and facilitates communication between students and the university's administration.

In fact, it is the largest provider of new registered nurses in the state of California. The university is also the largest source of physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians in the greater East Bay area.

Location & Contact

3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94609
United States

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled738
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $45
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      immunizations, prerequisite course work, transcript of college record, CPR certification, health exam, minimum 3.0 GPA in nursing prerequisites, health insurance
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer December 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$44,166
    • Out-of-state tuition *$44,166
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,327
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students738
    • Male Student Percentage17%
    • Female Student Percentage83%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino19.69%
    • Black or African American3.85%
    • White or Caucasian37.54%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.15%
    • Asian25.38%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.77%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown or International Student6.62%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students.2% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Not Reported
    • Drama / theater group Not Reported
    • Student-run radio station Not Reported
    • Student-run television station Not Reported
    • Marching band Not Reported
    • Choral groups Not Reported
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Not Reported
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Not Reported
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Not Reported
    • Greek sororities Not Reported
    • Local fraternities Not Reported
    • Local sororities Not Reported
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Body Association, California Podiatric Medical Students' Association (CPMSA), International Healthcare Club, Community Service Honor Society, Scholars in Service
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other 24-hour controlled access


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty333
    • Full-time Percentage47%
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Female Percentage74%
    • Male Percentage26%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 1,162 students to 133 faculty



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