Education Driven By Students

We are thrilled to reintroduce you to Smith Chason College. Over 20 years ago, our founders, Dr. Neville Smith, M.D., and Myra Chason, BS, BSN, RDMS had a dream of providing the best healthcare education to aspiring healthcare workers who wanted to make an impact on their community. That dream has fueled our growth over the years, from a small ultrasound college in Beverly Hills to four beautiful campuses across the west coast, over 10 medical imaging and nursing degree and diploma programs, and over 1,500 active students and 5,000 plus alumni.

Our family has grown together. Formerly West Coast Ultrasound Institute (WCUI), Smith Chason College has evolved into a new, but familiar, name. We continue to meet our mission of turning our students’ passion into real skills and knowledge by growing our team and our programs to meet our founders’ original goals.

Our experienced instructors are educating the next generation of sonographers, and MRI technologists under our WCUI School of Medical Imaging, and the next registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, and licensed practical nurses under our Smith Chason School of Nursing. Together, our supportive Smith Chason College faculty and staff will be here to guide our medical imaging and nursing students on their journey to success.

We will continue to provide the same education you come to expect from WCUI and Smith Chason School of Nursing, and as always, we will continue to support our students’ goals so you can enter or return to the evolving workforce with confidence.

Today, we celebrate this growth and the legacy of our founders and welcome you to the Smith Chason College legacy. 

About the Smith Chason College WCUI School of Medical Imaging

Smith Chason College is the parent college with two specialized colleges underneath, WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Smith Chason School of Nursing. This allows the educators at each of the colleges to curate specialized educational programs and environments that reflect their own experiences. Our WCUI School of Medical Imaging offers degree and diploma programs that help prepare students for entry-level careers in sonography and MRI.

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, and 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.

Our programs are offered at four beautiful and convenient campuses in Los Angeles, California, Ontario, California, Phoenix, Arizona, and our newest campus in San Marcos, California. We’ve developed diploma and degree programs with weekday, weeknight, and weekend schedules to help our students gain an education while balancing life’s obligations. Our degree programs span various specialties in medical imaging to help our students find their chosen path that matches their interests, including cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic medical sonography, and magnetic resonance imaging. In addition, our diploma programs assist current MRI technologists, X-ray technologists, and echocardiographers to earn additional education in order to help them earn their registries. Graduates of our programs are eligible to sit for their registry exams including, SPI, CCI, NCCT, ARRT, ARMRIT, and ARDMS. We strongly recommend our students obtain their certifications to provide them with the best knowledge and opportunities when entering the medical imaging field.  Our students receive registry reviews and assistance with the registry exam process to assist them in one of the most important parts of their education, certification.

We are a family of field-experienced sonographers and technologists 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.

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About the Smith Chason College School of Nursing

Our Smith Chason College School of Nursing offers degree and diploma programs that help prepare students for a profession in nursing as an RN, LVN, and LPN.

Smith Chason School of Nursing is built on the foundation of drive and compassion. Together we are a team of nurses that have experienced the highs and lows of the nursing field because we have been there. We recognize what it takes to help you thrive in this career and profession and are committed to your success.

Through a complete all-inclusive partnership with ATI, a nationally recognized product that has been proven to increase NCLEX pass rates, fully developed nursing skills and simulation labs with the latest High Fidelity Simulation mannikins and a variety of equipment that nurses use daily to increase our student’s confidence for their in-person clinical rotations, alongside supportive faculty and staff, we are here to empower you on your journey. At Smith Chason School of Nursing, we provide you with an educational experience crafted by nurses for nurses.

Our Smith Chason School of Nursing offers the following programs:

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In Memory of Dr. Neville Smith

Dr. Neville Smith

Dr. Neville Smith, Board Certified Radiologist, Co-Founder of Smith Chason | 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 and MRI. We honor his memory and his contributions to Smith Chason and 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. Smith Chason College and WCUI are 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.



Today our programs combine online didactic courses with in-person labs to provide our students with the hands-on instruction and experience they need to enter the healthcare community with confidence. Our students have access to various ultrasound machines in our on-campus ultrasound labs. In addition to, off-campus MRI imaging centers and resources, so they can begin building familiarity with the equipment they’ll use in the field. Students will then complete their program with an externship rotation in a hospital or imaging center to continue to build their knowledge and skills.

WCUI Admissions


Smith Chason College is nationally accredited by ACCSC, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. We have been an ACCSC-accredited school since 2001. Please view a full list of our approvals on our Admissions page.


Our WCUI School of Medical Imaging offers the following programs:

Bachelor Degree Programs

Associate Degree Programs

Diploma Programs



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 and MRI Technicians.


The mission of Smith Chason College is to transform our healthcare communities as we transform the lives of our students. We nourish students’ passion to provide excellent, compassionate, inclusive, and equitable patient care. The central focus of Smith Chason College is to promote and enhance student learning, foster personal achievement, and develop professional competence.



Myra Chason, of WCUI

WCUI opens its main campus in Beverly Hills, California by founder Dr. Neville Smith, a board-certified radiologist and Myra Chason, a nurse and registered sonographer.
WCUI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
WCUI is approved by the Department of Education to participate in the Title IV Financial Aid program.

WCUI Ontario, California campus

WCUI opens the Ontario, CA campus.

WCUI Phoenix, Arizona campus

WCUI opens the Phoenix, Arizona campus.
WCUI Phoenix receives the 2012 ACCSC School of Distinction Award.
WCUI launches Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography program.

FORBES and ACCSC recognition

Forbes ranks WCUI #20 in the 2017 Top 30 Two-Year Trade School list.
WCUI Phoenix receives the 2017 ACCSC School of Excellence Award.
WCUI receives the 2017 ACCSC Excellence in Community Service Award.

WCUI Los Angeles

WCUI expands their main campus to Los Angles, California with a floor built out exclusively for WCUI and our students.

Chandler Dixon

Chandler Dixon, a WCUI Cardiovascular Sonography Graduate receives the 2019 ACCSC Outstanding Graduate Award.

WCUI Phoenix campus moving

WCUI Phoenix moves in the summer of July 2020 to a brand new campus built in the heart of the Bioscience Healthcare District.

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