For more than 20 years, WCUI has been educating students with the knowledge they need to become successful working professionals. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Neville Smith, M.D., a board-certified radiologist, and Myra Chason, BS, BSN, RDMS, a well-known diagnostic medical sonography instructor, WCUI has always had the goal of providing the highest quality sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nursing education.
Our leadership, faculty, and staff are highly educated medical professionals, many of whom are well known in the healthcare community. Their experience paves the way for your success. We are dedicated to providing an education that focuses on a promising career through an engaging, instructive, and supportive environment that continues beyond graduation.
Our instructors stay after hours to assist our student’s needs, our campus director’s office doors are always open. Everyone on staff and in the classroom share one top priority: helping students into their careers.
We are a family of field-experienced sonographers, technologists and nurses who understand your career ambitions because we have experienced them ourselves. We believe you are the future of healthcare, and we take your passion and turn it into the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to launch a successful career.
In Memory of Dr. Neville Smith
Dr. Neville Smith, Board Certified Radiologist, Co-Founder of WCUI, & Medical Director of Ultrasound Institute Medical Group (UIMG)
Dr. Smith was dedicated to enhancing quality education in the art and science of Medical Sonography, MRI and Nursing. We honor his memory and his contributions to WCUI in maintaining quality education, curriculum innovation, and an effective course of clinical rotations. Dr. Smith also created an affordable ultrasound clinic for serving the less fortunate members of the Los Angeles area. WCUI is in perpetual gratitude for having been a part of his vision which still is viable today. Although we no longer have the pleasure of having a personal relationship with him, we continue to admire the footprints he left behind as his legacy is carried on through the students and staff that knew and loved him, and all of those who have followed.
To provide quality medical imaging and nursing education for students of all backgrounds, and to fill the growing job market with passionate, knowledgeable, and skilled sonographers, MRI Technicians, and nurses.
WCUI’s mission is to provide our students with a solid foundation in their field of study. We are dedicated to giving these students a well‐balanced curriculum, which includes classroom instruction, laboratory training, and supervised clinical experience. Students are taught in a supportive educational environment by a highly qualified staff of professionals. We aim to produce superior graduates with the knowledge and confidence necessary to succeed both professionally and financially. Our goal is to make West Coast Ultrasound Institute (“WCUI”) the preferred source of education in the community for each of our specified fields of study.
WCUI has been an ACCSC-accredited private post-secondary vocational school since 2001. We have expanded beyond our initial location in Beverly Hills, CA to maintain campuses in Ontario, CA, and Phoenix, AZ, as well as our new main campus in Los Angeles, CA. We currently have more than a thousand students and offer a variety of programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Sonography, Vocational Nursing, Practical Nursing, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease.