2017-2018 Tuition and Fees

What is tuition for entry level case management programs


Application fees - Payable to 3rd Party Vendor (Centralized Application Service):
Nursing Undergraduate $45
Nursing Graduate $65
Occupational Therapy (MOT & OTD) $140
Physician Assistant $175
Physical Therapy $140
Podiatric Medicine $160
Application fees - Payable to Samuel Merritt University:
Undergraduate Basic Science (Special Status Student) $50
School of Nursing Special Status Student Fee (BRN Required Courses) $300
Advanced Standing Application Fee Podiatric Medicine-CSPM $500
Nursing Transition to Practice $50
Tuition deposit:
Undergraduate, Graduate & OTD $350
(with exception to Doctor - Podiatric Medicine)  
Doctor - Podiatric Medicine $1,000
Note: Application fees and tuition deposits are non-refundable, whether or not the student withdraws in the first week of the term.


This cost analysis assumes a traditional, full-time track and does not take into account any annual tuition and fee increases, which become effective every Fall (except DPM which has a Summer increase). The rate of annual tuition increase assessed by the University in the last five years ranged from 3 percent to 5 percent. The average annual tuition increase assessed in the last five years is 3.9 percent.



Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) $73,241/annual
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Full-time (10+ units per term) $47,766/annual
Part-time (1 - 9.5 units per term) $2,013/unit
RN to BSN $865/unit
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Nurse Anesthesia $1,353/unit
Case Management $1,353/unit
Family Nurse Practitioner $1,353/unit
Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing-Case Management $1,353/unit
Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner $1,353/unit
Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice $1,173/unit
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Full time (sequential track)* $48,309/annual
Course repetition $1,353/unit
*See additional tuition information
Master Physician Assistant (MPA)
Full time (sequential track)* $49,459/annual
Course repetition $1,353/unit
*See additional tuition information
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) $40,250/annual
Doctor - Physical Therapy (DPT)
Full-time (sequential track)* $49,459/annual
Course repetition $1,353/unit
*See additional tuition information
Doctor - Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
Full-time (sequential track)* $41,451/annual
*See additional tuition information
Improving the Care of Our Elders (DPT 700) $353/unit
Individual Independent Study (DPT 771) $353/unit
Group Independent Study (DPT 772) $353/unit
Advanced Pediatrics (DPT 781) $353/unit
Sports Medicine (DPT 782) $353/unit


Anatomy (BSCI 015) $600/unit
Anatomy (BSCI 016) $600/unit
Pathophysiology (NRSG 119) $600/unit
Pharmacology (NRSG 118) $600/unit
Physiology (BSCI 025) $600/unit
Physiology Lab (BSCI 026) $600/unit
Laboratory fees
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN) (Nursing 671) $240/course
Anatomical and Physiological I (MOT) (OT 610) $240/course
Anatomical and Physiological I (OTD) (OT 710) $240/course
Human Gross Anatomy (PA) (PA 601) $240/course
Clinical Skills (PA) (PA 629) $240/course
Doctor - Podiatric Medicine (DPM 1st & 2nd year students) $160/annual
Structure & Function III (DPT) (PT 723) $240/course
Structure & Function V (DPT) (PT 725) $240/course
Managing Care of Adults I (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 120) $420/course
Managing Care of Adults II (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 136) $420/course
Managing Care Adult Seminar I&II (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 127) $840/course
Nursing Skills I (ELMSN) (Nursing 542) $400/course
Nursing Skills II (ELMSN) (Nursing 543) $400/course
Principals of Anesthesia I (CRNA) (Nursing 651) $240/course
Principals of Anesthesia II (CRNA) (Nursing 655) $240/course
Human Anatomy (CRNA) (Nursing 657) $240/course
Clinical Anesthesia V (CRNA) (Nursing 664) $240/course
HESI Testing & Live Review Fee
HESI Testing Fee (BSN/1st Semester-Nursing 137) $479/1st Semester
HESI Live Review Fee (BSN/Final Semester-Nursing 190L) $301/final semester
ABSN Program  
HESI Testing Fee (ABSN/1st Semester-Nursing 138) $479/1st Semester
HESI Live Review Fee (ABSN/Final Semester-Nursing 170) $301/final semester
HESI Testing Fee (ELMSN-OAK/SAC/1st Semester-Nursing 524) $479/1st Semester
HESI Live Review Fee (ABSN/Final Semester-Nursing 170) $301/final semester
Other Miscellaneous Fees
Instrument Fee (DPM Only) (1st year students) $2,430/1st Semester
CPMSA Fee (DPM Only) $205/annual
CSPE Examination Fee (4th year students) $1,230/final year
APMLE Examination Fee (2nd & 4th year students) $900/annual
Student Body Association Fee
All Students $50/annual
Graduation Fees
*Billed in final semester*
Undergraduate (ABSN, BSN, RN-BSN) $130/final
Graduate $160/final
Doctor Nursing Practice (DNP) $300/final
Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM) $300/final
Doctor Physical Therapy (DPT) $300/final
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) $300/final
Health Insurance Fee **Estimated**
Medical/Dental/Vision - Basic $4,370/annual
Medical/Dental/Vision - Enhanced $5,813/annual
  Student Only
Contact the Business Office for total cost of adding Dependents.
Challenge Fee/Audit Fee
Theory $100/Course
Clinical $150/Unit
Matriculation/Internship Fee
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) $1,500/8th semester
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT 642) $1,353/Unit
Transcript Fee
5 - 10-day request $5/transcript
24-hour request $15/transcript
Synthesis Continuation Fee $100/semester
Return Check Fee $25/check

Our fees are subject to change without notice.


Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card (Visa & MasterCard only), by payment plan and/or https://smurf.samuelmerritt.edu. Payment plan information is available by contacting the Business Office at 510-879-9236 or studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu. Please note that all checks should be made payable to Samuel Merritt University. Mail or deliver checks to:

Samuel Merritt University
Attn: Cashier's Office
3100 Telegraph Ave, Suite 1110
Oakland, CA 94609


Tuition is billed at least 30 days in advance of each semester and is due and payable before the first day of class of each semester. Tuition and fees payments must be received on the due date at the close of the business day to be considered paid on time. Students who have been approved for financial aid should consult the Campus Service Center at 510-879-9200.

All students - Late Charge Fee 1% / month
Students who do not have enough Financial Aid, Active Payment Plan or 3rd Party Billing to cover their student account and have a balance at the end of each month, will incur a 1% late charge fee on the unpaid balance. The 1% late charge fee will incur at the end of each month until balance is paid in full or arrangements have been made with the Business Office.

With the exception of tuition deposits, credit balances will be disbursed to the student as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the first day of class or 14 days from the date the credit balance occurs.

In order to receive clearance from the Business Office, the student must either have paid all amounts owed or present proof that the outstanding amounts will be covered by financial aid. Clearance from the Business Office is required in order to register for each semester. Students who do not receive clearance from the Business Office are not considered registered for classes. In addition to withholding transcripts from students who have outstanding financial obligations to the University, attorney's fees and other collection costs incurred by the University will be the responsibility of the student.

For outside agency or 3rd party billing, which pay all or part of your tuition and fees, submit all paperwork to the Business Office. If you have additional questions on the process, please contact studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu or 510-879-9236.

Master Physician Assistant (MPA), Occupational Therapy (MOT), Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Doctor Physical Therapy (DPT), and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing Program (ABSN)

MPA and MOT Programs - Tuition for these programs are billed at the program rate, and amortized over six semesters in equal installments.

DPM Program - Tuition for this program is billed at the program rate: And for Year 1 is amortized over two semesters: And for Years 2, 3 & 4 is amortized over three semesters.

DPT Program - Tuition for this program will be billed for seven semesters and internship fee for the eighth / ninth semesters.

ABSN Program All Campuses - Tuition for this program is billed at the program rate, and amortized over three semesters in equal installments.

LOA/WD/Dismissal-Additional Information
Students who take a leave of absence, withdraw or are dismissed from these programs for any reason, will owe for current semester units and units completed in prior semesters at the current per unit rate. These programs are sequential in nature; therefore, re-admitted students will be charged and billed at the current per-unit rate for the remainder of their matriculation.

Students who qualify and are classified as part-time will be billed at the current per-unit rate for each semester.

Students who leave the program, for any reason, will be charged the current tuition rate upon return.

Undergraduate students in good academic standing may request to enroll in more than 17.5 units in any semester, with Registrar's approval.

In the event that a student repeats a course for any reason the student will be charged the tuition and fees in effect at the time the course is repeated.

If the dismissal is upheld, the effective date will be the end of the previous term. Any financial aid refunds will be retained by the University until the decision has been made. At the point of dismissal, all eligible financial aid will be returned to the appropriate financial aid agency.

If the dismissal is overturned, any financial aid refunds will be processed.


The student must complete a withdrawal form to request a refund. Withdrawal forms are available from the Registrar's office. The Registrar will inform Financial Services and Financial Aid once the withdrawal is approved. Refunds are based upon the schedules in the following section. Fees are generally non-refundable. The University must follow current federal regulations in effect for students who receive Title IV (federal) financial aid. Residence hall charges are refunded on a pro-rated basis.

Students may petition for an exception to the refund policy. Students who wish to file a petition must have a completed and signed withdrawal form on file in the Registrar's office before the petition will be considered. Petition forms are available in the Registrar's office.

(Title IV Funds)
The financial aid a student may keep is determined by the percentage of the term completed in days. For example, if a student withdraws from all classes on the 20th day of attendance of an academic term with one hundred (100) days, twenty percent (20%) of financial aid is considered earned and eighty percent (80%) is refunded to the appropriate student financial aid agency. This applies until sixty percent (60%) of the term is earned. When more than sixty percent (60%) of a term is earned, no federal funds must be refunded.

Note: It is possible for a student to be responsible for one hundred percent (100%) of tuition charges but have "earned" only a portion of financial aid. For example, if a student withdraws after the 18th day of attendance in a term with 72 days and the withdrawal day is also the 5th week of class, no tuition refund is due the student; however, the student who earned only 25% of financial aid is responsible for a balance equal to 75% of tuition. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office.

Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
  • 1st week 85% tuition refunded
  • 2nd week 80% tuition refunded
  • 3rd week 75% tuition refunded
  • 4th week 75% tuition refunded
  • 5th - end 0% tuition refunded

Note: The above schedule is based on the date the official notice of withdrawal is received by the Registrar.


Our fees are subject to change without notice.


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