Remembering WCUI Co-Founder, Dr. Neville Smith

Dr. Neville C. W. Smith was a Board Certified Radiologist, Co-Founder of WCUI, and Medical Director of Ultrasound Institute Medical Group (UIMG). His contributions and dedication to the healthcare field, have shaped and guided WCUI into the school and community we are today. Although today we mourn the loss of such an influential figure 11 years ago today, we also remember the amazing work he put into his community, education, and our students, staff, and faculty.

Who Was Dr. Neville Smith

Dr. Neville Smith      

(Pictured above, Dr. Neville Smith WCUI Co-Founder)

Dr. Neville Smith was dedicated to enhancing quality education in the art and science of medical sonography, MRI, and nursing. In 1998, Dr. Smith and fellow co-founder Myra Chason, BS, BSN, RDMS, a well-known diagnostic medical sonography instructor, began WCUI in Beverly Hills, California. WCUI began as a medical imaging college specializing in ultrasound and MRI with the goal of providing advanced and high-quality education to the next generation of medical imaging professionals. With the support of a well-renowned staff and faculty from the community, Dr. Smith, and Myra Chason initiated the new training style of “edutaining” that is still in place in our programs today!  This particular teaching style blended education & entertainment, which allows the learning process to be more entertaining, while students still learn the complex subject matter, skills, and protocols needed in the demanding medical field. In addition to understanding the important need of having an institution specializing in medical imaging, Dr. Smith recognized the great need for a top-quality nursing program as well. This led to the expansion of a truly outstanding nursing department that is still growing today!

Along with the development of WCUI, Dr. Neville Smith opened the Ultrasound Institute Medical Group (UIMG), a low-cost ultrasound health center, which caters to patients who do not have medical insurance. Today, the clinic continues to offer low-cost diagnostic imaging to patients in need.

In Memoriam 

Dr. Neville Smith’s mission continues to live on in WCUI’s journey and development. Today, WCUI has three campuses located in Los Angeles, California, Ontario, California, and Phoenix, Arizona. We offer nine programs and counting, ranging from two Bachelor of Science degree programs in Sonography, three Academic Associate of Science degree programs in Sonography and MRI, to five diploma programs in Pediatric Echocardiography, MRI, Vocational and Practical Nursing. And our WCUI Smith Library at each location honors his commitment to learning.

We honor his memory and his contributions to WCUI in maintaining quality education, curriculum innovation, and an effective course of clinical rotations. WCUI is in perpetual gratitude for having been a part of his vision which still is viable today. 

WCUI is launching a Practical Nursing program that has been built for the next generation of Arizona Practical Nurses! In March, WCUI School of Nursing completed the approval process to offer a Practical Nursing diploma program at our Phoenix, Arizona campus. We are now accepting applications for an anticipated July 2020 start at our new campus in Midtown Phoenix. 

“The spread of COVID-19 is demonstrating the need for a strong nursing workforce more than any event in recent history.” Myra Chason, BSN, CEO and Owner of WCUI stated.  “WCUI School of Nursing is excited to introduce the Practical Nursing Program and classes will start in July of this year. Phoenix needs Practical Nurses and we are proud to provide their education.” 

What is the WCUI Practical Nursing Program?

The WCUI Practical Nursing program is a 12-month, 3 day a week diploma program that will prepare students to advance their nursing career and meet the growing demand for nurses in the field. The program combines theory, technical skill, biology, pharmacology, simulation labs, NCLEX preparation, and off-site clinical experiences to provide students with the skills and competencies they need to start their career as a Practical Nurse.

The Practical Nursing program is a great opportunity for those who have healthcare experience as a CNA/ LNA, MA, EMS, or more and are looking to further their healthcare journey in the nursing field.

To learn more about WCUI School of Nursing’s program and admissions requirements for the Practical Nursing program, please visit: https://nursing.wcui.edu/practical-nursing-program/

Why WCUI?

  • Our Practical Nursing program has been approved by the Arizona Board of Nursing (AZBN).
  • Flexible schedules to fit any lifestyle. Classes and labs are held 3 days a week to help you maintain the work/life balance you need while you pursue a career in nursing.
  • Gain knowledge from experienced nursing professionals.
  • Our Practical Nursing program prepares you to sit for the NCLEX exam, which is required to enter the workforce as an LPN.
  • Receive hands-on experience in simulation lab and off-site clinical sites while completing the program.

WCUI School of Nursing Programs

The Practical Nursing program joins WCUI School of Nursing’s Vocational Nursing program offered at our California campuses in Los Angeles and Ontario. Our California Vocational Nursing program has produced successful graduates for almost 10 years! WCUI’s Vocational Nursing program’s current California NCLEX-PN pass rate is 86.67% at our LA campus and 89.47% for the Ontario campus. To learn more about the WCUI School of Nursing and all our nursing programs, please visit nursing.wcui.edu

 

To see the full press release about WCUI’s brand new Practical Nursing program, follow the link here: LPN in AZ Press Release

 

A big congratulations are in order for our California campus nursing students! The current California NCLEX Pass Rates at our Ontario campus is 89.47% and 86.67% at our Los Angeles campus! We are so proud of our nursing students and all the hard work they put into their education to be the best nurses they can be.

THANK YOU HEALTHCARE HEROES

With the upcoming nursing shortage and the sudden pandemic our world is battling, nurses are as critical as ever to healthcare. The care and resilience nurses at all levels provide our friends and family inspires us daily. Nurses are standing alongside doctors, technologists, and other medical professionals taking care of our communities. We want to thank all of our nurses out there for keeping us safe while risking their own health. Whether you are a WCUI School of Nursing LVN or not, we stay home for you! 

OUR WORLD NEEDS NURSES

If you have ever considered a career as a nurse, now is the time to start. Our WCUI Vocational Nursing program is now available online through the COVID-19 crisis so you can pursue a nursing career while you stay safe at home. By combining the use of virtual simulation and interactive online lectures, we are able to provide the education you expect from WCUI School of Nursing.

NCLEX-PN reviews are integrated during classes at each level of the program* to help you prepare for the NCLEX exam after graduation. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the material and testing format of the NCLEX exam and see where their strengths and weaknesses lie. Our nursing faculty is always on-hand to provide further NCLEX reviews and study assistance throughout the VN program to help our nursing students succeed.

Are you interested in becoming a licensed vocational nurse? We are currently enrolling at our Los Angeles and Ontario campuses for the Summer term start in June 2020! Our admissions team is ready to assist you through the process and figure out if our vocational nursing program is the right move for your healthcare career. Virtual Admissions Interviews are available! Give us a call at (888)315-4993 or email admissions@wcui.edu.

 

For more information on prepping for the NCLEX exam visit:
https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm
https://nursejournal.org/articles/6-things-to-know-about-the-nclex-examination/

For more information on the licensure requirements in California: https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-california.html

* Current NCLEX Quarter Rates up through Qtr4 2019. Please see www.bvnpt.ca.gov for per campus rates.
* WCUI’s Vocational Nursing program only leads to licensure in the State of California.

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