Health Sciences Education at Samuel Merritt University


Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is an accredited, health sciences institution with a mission to provide excellent healthcare education and train professionals to meet the needs of diverse communities.

The university has a strong reputation for personalized instruction with outstanding faculty who bring impressive academic and clinical backgrounds in support of student success. SMU is known for its early clinical experiences, hands-on curriculum, innovative research, and small classroom sizes. Every SMU academic program incorporates human simulation.

Degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and podiatric medicine are offered.

Samuel Merritt University is one of the largest sources of new registered nurses in California. The university is also the largest provider of physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians in the greater East Bay. Student enrollment is over 1,400, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, and San Mateo. The university strives to reflect the community it serves by recruiting students with a variety of ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Due to the university’s reputation for academic and clinical excellence, its graduates are heavily recruited, and have one of the highest rates of employment within one year of graduation. And, the financial aid office is able to provide over 98% of its students with the proper amount of financial aid to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses.

3100 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland,


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