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Samuel Merritt University (SMU) was founded in 1909 in Oakland, California, as a hospital school of nursing. Offering undergraduate courses in nursing, and graduate programs in nursing, occupational therapy, podiatric medicine, physical therapy and physical assistant, the college is located on the campus of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.
Pre-nursing training via partnership programs are available at four San Francisco Bay area schools including Saint Mary’s College of California. Students successfully meeting graduating and performance criteria at these colleges are guaranteed admission to the B.S.N. program at SMU.
The mission of the SMU School of Nursing is commitment to educational innovation in theory and practice in order to empower future nursing leaders who will work to improve nursing practice and the health of diverse populations. The school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Cost per credit for in-state and out-of-state students is $1,118, which puts this private school far above the average among all nursing schools in terms of affordability. Credit requirements vary between 36 and 58 credits. Financial aid is available for students who qualify, as are scholarships for eligible students.
State-of-the-art facilities include a Health Sciences Simulation Center that provides a virtual environment where risk-free learning in facilitated.
Career services are provided to graduating students in the form of résumé writing, job searches and interviewing tools. Additionally, a partnership with AfterCollege, Inc. provides an avenue for jobs and internships. An ongoing project in collaboration with Interview Stream will allow students to attend mock interviews in preparation for a career in health care.
Below is a list of areas of study that may be available for students. Any linked program will direct you to the respective program's profile page which provides general educational requirements and possible career paths.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Health and Clinical Professions
*The posted costs for tuition, fees and supplies are determined through historical data and may not represent current costs.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimated to provide a comparative context. For more detailed information individuals are asked to contact the school.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
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Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.
Tuition & Fees Information
Undergraduate Courses - Tuition Details
- Annual tuition estimates are between $54,000-$65,000
- For part-time students, charges are between $1,800-$2,200 per unit
- Required fees for full-time students: $1,500
Graduate Courses - Tuition Details
- Annual tuition estimates are between $40,000-$48,000 for graduate students
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,100 to $1,400 per credit hour
- Required fees for graduate students are around $500
- Annual tuition estimates for specific graduate schools:
- Podiatry School: $39,000
Alternate Tuition Plan Options Available
- Some programs may have tuition rates that will remain the same as the first year for up to five years.
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||48%||$11,764|
|Student Loans (Federal)||78%||$12,279|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 0.8%.