Welcome Prospective MSN-FNP Student

School of Nursing

Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner program at SMU prepares practitioners to provide family-oriented, high quality, patient centered health care for a diverse, multicultural population in primary care settings. To be considered for admission to the advanced practice FNP program, you must already have a baccalaureate and be a licensed RN. The program requires 49 semester units and can be completed in five semesters of full-time study or nine semesters of part-time study. Designed for working adults, the FNP program offers classes mostly during the evening and in weekend intensives, while the online program offers all courses fully online. The curriculum has an emphasis on meeting the needs of multicultural and underserved populations. There is a combination of theory and practice, with 630 hours of clinical work. The program assists with clinical placements. Our graduates may sit for the national certification exam which allows them to practice in all 50 states. The FNP program is available on the main campus in Oakland, at our Regional Learning Center in Sacramento, hybrid or fully online. 

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

In July 2016, Samuel Merritt University (SMU) was awarded $7.8 million in scholarship money for disadvantaged students who will join the University's mission to diversify the healthcare workforce and improve outcomes in underserved communities. The federal assistance, known as the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program, will be available to students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Under this program, the University will award up to $30,000 per year to each recipient, depending on need. New and continuing students are eligible to receive this scholarship. 

More information about the scholarships

Questions about the Family Nurse Practitioner program can be directed to Anne Seed at 510-869-1550 or aseed@samuelmerritt.edu