Samuel Merritt College

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master’s Certificate.

Program Length

27 months, full time

Credit Hours

63 units

Starting Month


Application Deadline

Priority application deadline is November 1st. Applications will be accepted through December 1 or after until the class is filled in March.

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing is preferred. RNs with baccalaureate degrees in other fields will be evaluated individually and additional course work may be required.

A current California licensure as a registered nurse, may be obtained after you’re accepted.

1 year ICU experience at the time of interview required. Two to three years of critical care nursing experience is preferable. Acceptable critical care experience includes: Surgical ICU (including trauma, post-cardiovascular surgery and neurosurgical specialty units), Medical ICU (coronary care, pulmonary care, and other medical sub-specialty units), Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU.

A minimum cumulative of 3.0 and minimum last 60 semester or 90 quarter unit GPA of 3.4 or higher. Average cumulative GPA of accepted students is 3.53. Average last 60 units is 3.661.

A minimum score of 290.

Certifications required, but may be obtained after you’re accepted: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). It is also highly recommended that CCRN is completed.

Completion of a 1-2 day clinical shadowing experience with a CRNA or physician anesthesiologist.

Prior to enrollment, applicants must have completed: College Chemistry (Content to include inorganic, organic and/or biochemistry), Statistics, and Intro to Physics (not required, but highly recommended).


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