School of Nursing Samuel Merritt University

School of Nursing Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
7 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Nursing Programs at Samuel Merritt University

The School of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University has been preparing students for nursing leadership and practice for more than 100 years. It offers graduate programs that allow individuals from diverse cultural, professional, and personal backgrounds to earn degrees in 2 to 3 years.

The school's entry-level Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are ideal for college graduates interested in pursuing careers in nursing. The Post-Professional MSN programs are designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees in nursing, RN licenses, and clinical experience.

Additionally, the Doctor of Nursing program (DNP) is intended for advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders who have MSN degrees.

Entry-level Master of Science in Nursing Program

The EL MSN program includes the case management and family nurse practitioner tracks.

During the first 4 semesters of the program both tracks include pre-licensure coursework. Students on the case management track complete 3 additional semesters while students on the family nurse practitioner track finish 6 more semesters.

After the 4th semester, students are eligible to take the RN licensure examination. They may also pursue the program on a part-time basis at this point.

EL MSN Case Management Track

The EL MSN Case Management track includes at least 90 units of coursework including a thesis or special project.

The program helps students gain the skills needed to facilitate delivery of quality health care to families and individuals in a cost effective manner. Specific duties include complex condition management, population health management, and transitions in care.

EL MSN Program -- Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Students in the EL MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program complete 110 units including 630 clinical hours.

Upon graduation, students have the clinical and leadership skills needed to practice in a variety of health care environments including ambulatory care settings, clinics, community health agencies, emergency departments, inpatient units, and private practice settings.

Post-Professional MSN -- Case Management Program

The MSN post-professional program in case management prepares experienced nurses for health care delivery to diverse populations. Its curriculum consists of 37 units of coursework including clinical practice and a thesis or special project. Emphasis is placed on strengthening students' critical-thinking, planning, and decision-making skills.

Post-Professional MSN -- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program

The MSN in Nurse Anesthetist program is designed for disciplined students who have the maturity and drive to complete the rigorous 7-semester program. The program's 58-credit curriculum covers all aspects of anesthesia including general and regional techniques. It includes basic science courses, basic and advanced clinical anesthesia applications, and MSN core courses.

The curriculum also includes full-time clinical residency at health care facilities throughout the Bay Area, the Sacramento metropolitan area, and Fresno.

Post-Professional MSN -- Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The MSN post-professional in family nurse practitioner (FNP) program trains experienced nurses for advanced practice roles, particularly in multicultural and underserved communities.

It consists of 49 units including interdisciplinary core courses, FNP specialty courses, an internship, and 630 clinical hours.

Students graduate from the program prepared to provide ongoing care to families and individuals in several areas including health promotion, diagnosis, treatment, and disease management.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that trains advanced practice nurses for high-level leadership roles in clinical practice or administrative specialty areas. It also enables students to gain the skills and experience needed to improve health care outcomes through nursing practice, policy work, and practice research.

The 24-month program can be completed almost entirely online. Its curriculum consists of 36 units of coursework, including 1,000 clinical hours and a capstone project that focuses on organizational or clinical practice.

The DNP is a cohort program, so students are encouraged to advance sequentially through the courses. They each also attend an on-campus session early in the program as well as a session for the capstone project each year of the program.

Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Graduate students at Samuel Merritt University may qualify for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Federal Direct Graduate Plus loans. These loans can be used to assist with tuition, fees, and living expenses (although living expenses are not included for online programs).

Accomplished Nursing Faculty at Samuel Merritt University

Nursing faculty members at Samuel Merritt University are accomplished practitioners, educators, and researchers who are well-versed in all areas of the nursing profession.

Director of the Case Management Program Fusae Abbott has been a registered nurse and taught nursing courses in Japan and the US for more than 40 years.

Professor Cecily Cosby has been a family nurse practitioner since 1979, including several years of work at the UCSF AIDS Clinic. She has published numerous articles in her research areas, which include domestic violence, HIV and AIDS symptoms management, and sexual assault.

Samuel Merritt University

Founded in 1909, Samuel Merritt University is a small, private institution that focuses on the health sciences. It is located in Oakland, California, in the western region of the United States.

Samuel Merritt offers 1,400 students bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and podiatric medicine.

Samuel Merritt is committed to providing "academic and clinical excellence" as well as individualized instruction that meets the needs of each student. As a result, a high percentage of its graduates secure employment within a year of graduation.

Location & Contact

School of Nursing

Samuel Merritt University

3100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609-3108
United States

Dr. Audrey Berman

John Garten-Schuman

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
    • Nurse Anesthetist Certificate
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
    • Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
    • Case Management Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 31
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


72% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 154
    • Accepted 112
    • Acceptance Rate 72
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 2.5 in science, 3.0 overall; previous course work in statistics; current RN license
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students180
    • Female Percentage86%
    • Male Percentage14%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students180
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Full-time Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian64%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian16%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty18
    • Full-time Percentage61%
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGerontology, community health, maternal-child health, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, oncology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$35,000