I am starting the ABSN program this Fall 2009 in San Francisco, and I have heard certain things on the reputation of Samuel Merritt's nursing program. Because I'm wondering of the job outlook after graduating next year, I am curious to hear what others have heard or know regarding the reputation of Samuel Merritt nursing graduates, whether they're good or bad. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
What is it that you heard? Samuel Merritt University nursing graduates are generally well regarded by hospitals and nurses. A large portion of the students hired into my new grad program are from SMU. The school has a very good reputation. It's been around for a hundred years, and graduates more nurses annually than any other school in the state.
The only negative things I ever heard about SMU students/grads were rare statements that they're "prima donnas" or that they "bought their degrees." Keep in mind though that these statements came from students at other schools, not nurses, and that it's an assumption made based on how high SMU's tuition is.
I guess people have a hard time comprehending the truth that SMU students aren't generally spoiled or rich, and they don't get any kind of special treatment or consideration in return for their tuition (aside from maybe smaller class sizes). The program is just as difficult as any other out there, and it's not going to hurt your chances of finding work. It might help.
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hey just wondering if there were any updates on the SMU topic? I'm thinking about applying there because the CSU are so impacted and private schools are not as impacted. So is SMU a good school?
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