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Samuel Merritt College
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370 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 869-6511

About the college

In 1909 Samuel Merritt College, SMC, was founded. The college is fully accredited as a health sciences institution that offers career driven programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assisting and podiatric medicine. The training is hands on in real world job environments paired with classroom instruction.

The school has a strong reputation in the nursing field, as the school is the largest source for that career field. In addition, Samuel Merritt is the only school that trains and helps students secure jobs as physical/occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatrists in the East Bay.


The Samuel Merritt College has its campus location in Oakland, California. In Oakland, California, students have a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy due to great year round weather and a close proximity to the beach and mountains. The college offers financial aid, career services, student counseling and a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.


At the college, students can choose from undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and podiatric medicine. Bachelor and master degrees can be earned so that graduates can go on to careers in case management or as a family nurse practitioner. The training at the college is hands on in the career fields that bear in high demand. The skills learned at Samuel Merritt can take graduates into the competitive workforce with the confidence and skills that employers are looking for.

Careers in the medical field are always in demand and the industry is not going anywhere. Graduates with medical education, such as nursing, have plenty of opportunities to make their mark in the workplace and help the community at the same time. Helping others feel good makes the educational journey worthwhile.

College Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Offering: Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctor's degree, First-professional degree

Campus Setting: City, Large

Campus Housing Available: Yes

Student Population: 1278, 37% undergraduates

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