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Samuel Merritt and Notre Dame de Namur Universities Announce
Cooperative Program for Nursing Education

Belmont, CA, November 23, 2010 — Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) and Samuel Merritt University (SMU) today announced a cooperative program under which students will be able to study at both institutions and receive a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree from Samuel Merritt University, based in Oakland, California.

Under the agreement students will take two years of foundation course work in liberal arts and sciences at NDNU.  Beginning in spring 2012, NDNU will then designate a number of students for admission to SMU. The nursing students will be admitted if they meet Samuel Merritt’s curricular and grade point average requirements and have satisfied NDNU’s requirements. Students may also be admitted in the fall on a space available basis.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for NDNU students interested in a career in nursing. They have the opportunity of benefitting from two outstanding programs.  NDNU’s will give them a quality liberal arts and pre-professional academic experience as well as a grounding in community service and social justice. Samuel Merritt University will provide a fully accredited curriculum, and quality faculty as well as access to an outstanding reputation for educating nurses and other health care professionals,” said NDNU President Judith Greig, Ph.D.

Arlene Sargent, MSN, EdD, RN, Associate Dean of SMU School of Nursing, sees the partnership as a great example of how universities can join together to be highly efficient in meeting a critical state and community need.

“Samuel Merritt School of Nursing is pleased to welcome NDNU as a partner in the BSN program and looks forward to building on the strong academic background the students will bring to the nursing experience,” said Dr. Sargent.  “The partnership promises to expand the availability of a quality nursing curriculum to NDNU students.”

Students will be exposed to the rural and urban communities during their 2+2 year education and will be immersed in varying nursing practices, scenarios and concerns because of the diverse communities.  In addition, students in the program will be mentored by experienced and nationally recognized faculty.

NDNU and Samuel Merritt administrators
November 8 meeting at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA
to kick off the partnership after the MOU was signed.Audrey Berman, Ph.D., RN,
Dean and Professor of Nursing, Samuel Merritt UniversityHernan Bucheli,
Vice President for Enrollment, NDNU

Margaret Rivero Early, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Chair, BSN Program
Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing

Lisa Bjerknes, M.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, NDNU