Welcome Prospective RN to BSN Student

RN Nursing Programs in California

Welcome to Samuel Merritt University’s RN to BSN program! Our program is designed to help working RNs gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to change the way we deliver health care.  You start the program with a meditation course to help enrich self-care practices.  You will deepen your knowledge of the evidence and science that supports expert nursing care.  You will hone your communication and teamwork skills. Because great swaths of our health care system are designed for the industry rather than patients, we will build your confidence and leadership skills to transform “delivery systems” into healing environments.  It is a tall order, but the system won’t change without the leadership of registered nurses like you!

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Samuel Merritt University RN to BSN Scholarship

Samuel Merritt University, through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to assist nurses in covering the costs of the RN to BSN program. Scholarships are available first come, first served. Nurses who are currently working for Kaiser Permanente, public hospitals and clinics, federally qualified health centers, and public health departments will be awarded a scholarship that covers 80% of the tuition. Student Body, health insurance, books, transportation, and other fees are not included. Scholarships are renewable each term based upon satisfactory academic performance and continued progress towards the degree.

Scholarships are not available to nurses who are employed outside of Kaiser Permanente or do not work at a safety net hospital. 


Samuel Merritt University is planning on three cohorts per semester. Locations will vary. Currently, we are accepting applications for the fall 2017 chorts on the SMU campuses in Oakland and Sacramento. 

Our faculty have gone to great lengths to remove as many barriers to entry as possible. We are certain you will find the admission requirements straight-forward and easy to understand. 


Spring 2018
Location Class Day/Time Orientation Date Classes Begin Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
SMU Oakland Tuesday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. December 12, 2017 January 9, 2018 November 1 December 1
SMU Sacramento Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m. November 29, 2017 January 10, 2018 November 1 December 1
Summer 2018
Location Class Day/Time Orientation Date Classes Begin Final Application Deadline
SMU Sacramento Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m. April 18, 2018 May 9, 2018 March 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Location Class Day/Time Orientation Date Classes Begin Final Application Deadline
SMU Oakland Tuesday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. TBD September 11, 2018 July 1, 2018
SMU Sacramento Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m. TBD September 12, 2018 July 1, 2018


If you have any questions about admission to the program, please contact:

Allyson Purcell
Admission Counselor

In less than two years, my family has a better life. It was a fast program and I spent many nights studying after the kids went to bed, but now I’ve got a lot to show for it: A new career Alejandra Villegas FNP
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