Smith Chason College Garners the Prestigious ACCSC School of Excellence Award

Recognizing Dedication to Academic Excellence and Adherence to Accreditation Standards

Arlington, Virginia, 9/21/23 – Smith Chason College in Phoenix, Arizona, has been presented the ACCSC School of Excellence Award by our accrediting commission for the 2022-2023 academic year during the Annual Meeting and Institutional Awards Celebration.* This esteemed recognition highlights Smith Chason’s unwavering commitment to maintaining exceptional academic achievements and its continued excellence in medical imaging and nursing education through our Smith Chason College WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Smith Chason College School of Nursing programs. The award also reflects the institution’s steadfast efforts to provide quality education, evident from the college’s graduation and employment rates across all programs offered.

What an honor this is for me as the CEO and the collaborative talented team, we are so excited and grateful for this recognition,” said Myra Chason, CEO and Co-Founder of Smith Chason College. “Our motivation is all about the students and a dedication to their successful outcomes. Our school of excellence really means our dedication to our students. Thank you to ACCSC for the educational blueprint and support you provided. Thank you to our strong team of educators, administrators, and staff, and most of all to our wonderful students that we are dedicated to. 


*ACCSC only awards the School of Excellence to an institution in conjunction with a school’s initial or renewal of accreditation review, which occurred in 2022 for our school


Smith Chason College: Pillar of Greatness in Higher Education 

A proud recipient of the award, Smith Chason College was recognized throughout the 2023 ACCSC Professional Development Conference (PDC) held in Arlington, Virginia from September 18-20, 2023. With the theme “A Community of Partners in Education,” the conference served as an avenue for the higher education community to further promote excellence in education. Smith Chason College’s outstanding achievements were acknowledged before a distinguished audience of industry professionals, esteemed educators, and peers. 


Image of the Smith Chason College Leadership team receiving their award for School of Excellence


Smith Chason College is deeply appreciative of the recognition of School of Excellence from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges,” stated Andrew High, COO and General Counsel of Smith Chason College. “We are continually encouraged to find ways to add value for our students and invest in the healthcare education process. Thank you to ACCSC and our stellar students, alumni, staff, and faculty that made this possible!”

A Smith Chason College Legacy

For 25 years, Smith Chason College, formerly known as West Coast Ultrasound Institute/WCUI (1998-2022), has established itself as a pillar of academic excellence, empowering students to achieve their career aspirations. Through its growing program offerings, Smith Chason commits itself to nurturing the medical community with quality education developed by experienced medical professionals.​

Smith Chason College Phoenix Directors on Winning the Award

Dr. Yasmin Ali, Director of Education – Phoenix Campus:

“I am humbled to receive the School of Excellence award. The recognition symbolizes the hard work, dedication, and passion of each team member and their desire to prepare healthcare professionals for the 21st century. It also represents the success of each and every student and their relentless efforts in making it to the finish line. After all, it is the students that we all serve! I am grateful to our heroic faculty that possess the knowledge, expertise, and a little bit of patience that make all of this possible. I look forward to the impactful changes that we will continue to generate!”

Douglas Boyd, MRI Program Director – Phoenix Campus:

“What an honor this is for the Smith Chason Phoenix team by molding the next rise of MRI Technologists by leading them to a pathway of success in their professional and academic careers. This would not be possible without our pristine academic team that believes in our quality MRI program. Thank you ACCSC and to our students, faculty, and clinical partners for their continuous support and grateful for this esteemed recognition.”

Laurie Bentson, Ultrasound Program Director – Phoenix Campus:

“Thank you ACCSC! We greatly appreciate the acknowledgment. We would like to recognize our amazing faculty and staff, student body, and clinical partnerships! We are thankful for their continued efforts to create quality sonographers”

Kathy Doeschot, Director of Nursing – Practical Nursing Program – Phoenix Campus:

“We are grateful for the privilege of shaping the next generation of nurses and endeavor to continue leading the way in academic and professional development in our field. We thank our adept and supportive faculty and staff for their dedication to the program and commitment to excellence. Of course, none of this would be possible without an academic leadership team who truly believes in providing quality. It takes the hard work of many to uphold the Smith Chason mission and values. I am so very proud of what we do!”

Sophia Perkovich, Campus Director – Phoenix Campus:

“The Smith Chason Phoenix team is incredibly grateful for the privilege and honor of being in service in higher education and for the prestigious recognition from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. We would like to recognize and extend a heartfelt thank you to our clinical partners, faculty, and staff for their invaluable support and contributions.”



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