Nursing Success! Seminar

Nursing Success SeminarNursing Success! Seminar 
January 16-18, 2019

Samuel Merritt University hosts a three day nursing seminar that provides participants from underrepresented groups with the opportunity to explore the nursing profession.  The Seminar is presented via two simultaneous tracks:

Track 1 BSN Direct-Entry:  Open to participants currently completing pre-nursing coursework at California’s Community Colleges or 4 year institutions. This track is only available to prospective participants who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and who is interested in SMU’s direct entry transfer BSN program.

Track 2 ABSN/ELMSN:  Open to participants who already have (or will have) a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and who are interested in SMU’s the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) or Entry Level Master of Science (ELMSN) program.

During the Nursing Success Seminar you will:

  • Have an invaluable learning experience and opportunity to explore the profession of Nursing
  • Participate in organized lectures covering relevant topics in nursing such as: Reducing Health Disparities, International Nursing, and the Nursing Profession Today
  • Learn about the SMU admission process, Financial Aid and preparation for the TEAS exam
  • Tour and demonstration of SMU’s state of the art Health Sciences Simulation Center
  • Meet and speak with SMU nursing students, faculty, and University staff

How does one qualify for the Seminar?

Successful applicants to Track 1 must have completed a minimum of 24 semester units of college level coursework at either a CA Community College or 4 year institution. Applicants to Track 2 must have earned or will earn a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Applicants may not have been previously enrolled in a nursing program. Your overall college GPA will be taken in consideration, since there is limited space, expect acceptance to be competitive.

How many participants are accepted to the Seminar?

Participation in the Nursing Success Seminar is limited to 25 participants for each track.

Where does the Seminar take place?

The Nursing Success Seminar will be held on the main campus of Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA.

Cost & Out of pocket Expenses

There is no program cost associated with the Seminar. Seminar participants will be expected to cover their own travel & parking expense to and from the campus. Breakfast and lunch are included as part of the seminar.

How do I apply for the Nursing Success Seminar?

Apply Here


In addition to a complete application, please submit: a complete set of your unofficial transcripts from all colleges attending/attended (merge all transcripts into one document before uploading to the application) and a type written response to the personal statement. 

When is the application deadline?

October 15, 2018

When will you know if you’ve been accepted to the Seminar?

Successful participants will be notified by November 12, 2018 by email and/or by phone.

Should you have questions regarding the Nursing Success Seminar, please forward questions to:

Shawna Holbrook
Admission Counselor
Samuel Merritt University
P: (510) 879-9222

Applying to SMU in the future?
While attending the SMU Nursing Success Seminar will not guarantee you admission into the BSN, ABSN, or ELMSN programs, we hope it will ease some of the stress of the application process. There will be some additional benefits to you should you choose to apply to SMU after your participation in the seminar. These will be discussed during the seminar.

What students are saying about Nursing Success:

“I can truly say the Nursing Success Seminar was a life changing experience for me. You did an awesome job coordinating the event with valuable content about the nursing industry and speakers! Thank you for the genuine effort to make a difference in the "faces of healthcare"; diversity is always more progressive!”

Natalie Lucas
Nursing Success Seminar, 2016: Accepted for Fall 2018 ELMSN-FNP

“Thank you for this wonderful seminar! I had a great time and I learned a lot. Samuel Merritt is certainly a great school with a mission statement that resonates strongly with me. This seminar ended up being far more special than I thought a three day seminar could ever be, and hopefully I will return to this school as a student in the future.”

Daniel Klein
Nursing Success Seminar, 2016

“Thank you so much for choosing me to be part of this seminar.  I’m so energized and motivated to apply to Samuel Merritt. Everyone has been AMAZING!!.  Again, thank you!!”


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