About the RN-BSN Program

I am interested in the Bachelor's degree program for RN's. Can you give me more information?

  • Yes! Thank you for your interest in the Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars Academy! The Academy is collaborating with Samuel Merritt University to offer an RN-BSN program designed for Kaiser Permanente nurses.
  • Samuel Merritt University offers a specialized curriculum developed collaboratively with Kaiser Permanente that reflects our theoretical foundations in Caring Science and commitments to enhanced quality and safety for our members.
  • The Samuel Merritt University RN-BSN program website has information about the program, eligibility, admission requirements, timelines, financial aid and scholarships: https://www.samuelmerritt.edu/admission/rnbsn

What is the program like?

  • Courses are designed to promote teamwork among nurses with different learning styles and will include online and in-person interactions with a peer cohort.
  • This is a year-round program that takes place over 5 consecutive semesters. Students enroll in 6-7 units per semester (32 credits total).
  • Students can expect to complete this program in 21 months.
  • Typically, students will meet in person for one 4-hour session each week at a Samuel Merritt University campus or near a Kaiser Permanente facility. One Saturday intensive is scheduled each term.
  • Information on Practicum requirements is available on Samuel Merritt University’s website: https://www.samuelmerritt.edu/admission/rnbsn

Where are the class locations?

  • The locations for classes are generally at Samuel Merritt University’s Oakland, Sacramento and San Mateo campuses.
  • Future cohorts may also be located directly on KP campuses in areas that do not have an SMU campus.
  • SMU campus locations may be found at this link: https://www.samuelmerritt.edu/locations

When does the program start?


Who can apply for the program?

  • Any RN with an associate degree who wishes to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing may apply to the program.
  • RN graduates from diploma programs may also be considered.

Are there other admission requirements?

How to Apply

How do I apply for the RN-BSN program?

Tuition Assistance

Does Samuel Merritt University offer financial aid or scholarships?

  • Yes! Scholarships up to 80% and financial aid solutions are available to qualified applicants through Samuel Merritt University.
  • You can find out more by going to this Samuel Merritt University link: https://www.samuelmerritt.edu/admission/rnbsn
  • For any additional questions, please contact Allyson Purcell directly at Samuel Merritt University at 510-879-9219 or apurcell@SamuelMerritt.edu

Does Kaiser Permanente provide any tuition assistance for this program?

Does Kaiser Permanente provide any discounts for programs other than the RN-BSN program?

  • KP employees may be eligible for employee discounts (e.g. computers) through MyHR. Go to (accessible to KP employees only) https://epf.kp.org/wps/myportal/hr/kpme and click on “Employee Discount” under the “Benefits, Pay & Employment” section.


Who do I contact for more information about the Nurse Scholars Academy?

  • To connect with resources in the KP Nurse Scholar Academy, please send your inquiries to KPNurseScholars@kp.org or call (510) 987-3621.

Who do I contact for more information about the Samuel Merritt University RN to BSN program?