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Samuel Merritt College

Samuel Merritt College is a fully accredited health science institution based at 370 Hawthorne Avenue, in Oakland, California. In 1909, the Samuel Merritt College was established as a hospital school of nursing. It was named after Dr. Samuel Merritt, a successful physician and mayor of Oakland from 1867-69. The college added the entry-level Master of Physical Therapy in 1990, the Master of Occupational Therapy in 1992, and also offered Master of Science in Nursing in Case Management, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Nurse Anesthesia. It also established the California School of Podiatric Medicine, in 2002. Samuel Merritt College awards undergraduate degrees in nursing and graduate degrees in nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy. It is the only provider of physical and occupational therapists and physician assistants and is the largest source of nurses in the greater East Bay. The baccalaureate nursing program is offered with the help of Saint Mary's College of California, in Moraga. The John A. Graziano Memorial Library, built in 1985, is the main source of information for students and faculty members at the college. It houses more than 15,000 books/monographs and an extensive collection of more than 1100 videos, audiocassettes, and CDs. The library owns the largest and most qualitative collection of nursing journals and monographs in the East Bay and one of the best collections in this specialty area in California. Samuel Merritt College was the first institution of higher education to receive the prestigious California Governor's Quality Award. It is an affiliate of Sutter Health and Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center, and is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior College and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.