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To join Smith Chason College, prospective students will schedule a virtual interview with an Admissions Representative over the phone or via Zoom. Applicant must then take a virtual or in-person tour of the facility.

During the virtual interview, our Admissions Representative will go through crucial information about Smith Chason College including our history, disclosures of completion, placement and graduation rates, tuition payment plans, and your professional educational goals.

Our admissions team will help you figure out the ideal program to set you on the right path for your future.

As experts in our programs, they’re ready to answer your questions and guide you through the enrollment process.

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In addition to the below General Admissions Requirements, some programs may have additional requirements to enroll in the program. Please review those requirements on the program’s page.

All Applicants Must

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Set an appointment with an Admissions Representative for an interview and to tour the campus (either physically or virtually). Information will include disclosures of completion, placement rates, tuition payment plans, and the applicant’s professional educational goals.
  • Submit a copy of an unexpired valid government-issued photo ID (driver’s license or an identification card).
  • Be able to read, speak and write English fluently.
  • Pass the entrance examination (passing scores per applicable program listed below).
  • Complete an Online Preparedness Questionnaire to ensure technology minimums are met to attend online courses.
  • Complete a Personal Statement or Essay (nursing students)
  • Upon acceptance, sign an Enrollment Agreement and submit a $100 Registration Fee (refundable if within 3 days after signing the Enrollment Agreement. See cancellation policy for more information).

Applicants enrolling in the programs offered by the College must show proof of having graduated from either an accredited high school or the equivalent recognized by the US Department of Education. The following are some examples:

  • High school diploma or high school transcript;
  • General Education Diploma (GED) or State Equivalent Test;
  • State tests (also referred as state-authorized examinations) such as the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) or the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), as well as those established by states, for example the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE);
  • Foreign secondary diploma translated and evaluated (at the applicant’s expense) by an evaluation agency officially recognized to perform credential evaluation services;
  • In exceptional cases, applicants who are unable to obtain records of completion of secondary school education, an academic transcript showing that the student has successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree (including a previously earned bachelor’s degree). Under these circumstances, the applicant must provide the reason(s) why documentation of the earned diploma cannot be provided.

Applicants must provide a valid High School diploma or equivalent. The College will accept an image or copy of the original diploma or transcripts; however, all images or copies must be large enough to read, not blurry or pixelated, and all pages must be centered to ensure the text is not cut off. Applicants who are unable to upload a legible copy must submit official transcripts or bring in their original diploma to the school. The College evaluates the validity of an applicant’s high school completion if we or the U.S. Secretary of Education has reason to believe that the high school diploma is not valid or was not obtained from an entity that provides secondary school education.

Prospective students may be conditionally accepted contingent upon satisfaction of all admissions requirements and receipt of supporting documentation. Acceptance into the programs is also conditional upon meeting all deadlines to complete funding paperwork, if applicable.

College entrance exams are used by admissions advisors to evaluate applicants from different high schools, stages of life, and locations. Entrance exams assess your current knowledge and help determine if you are ready to go back to school and most importantly, succeed! Exams allow advisors to understand if applicants are prepared, capable, and merit admission into our programs in addition to other admissions requirements.

Smith Chason College utilizes the Wonderlic Entrance Exam and Wonderlic Basic Skills Test for our programs, except for our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, which utilizes the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by ATI.

Wonderlic Entrance Exam and Wonderlic Basic Skills Test

Once you begin the admissions process your admissions advisor will schedule your Wonderlic Entrance Exam.

Wonderlic Entrance Exam

Wonderlic Entrance Exam Minimum passing score for each Associate program as follows:

Program Minimum Score California Campuses Minimum Score Arizona Campuses
AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography 21 21
AAS in Cardiovascular Sonography 21 21
AAS in Magnetic Resonance Imaging 21 21
AS in Radiologic Technology 21

Wonderlic Basic Skills Test

Wonderlic Basic Skills Test Minimum passing score for each program as follows:

Program Minimum Score Verbal Minimum Score Quantitative
BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography 325 275
BS in Cardiovascular Sonography 325 275
BS in Pediatric and Adult Echocardiography 325 275
Vocational Nursing (VN) 302 293

Wonderlic scores are valid for one year from the time of the test. If an applicant does not pass their initial Wonderlic exam, they can retake the entrance exam two additional times.

If the applicant does not pass the entrance exam by the third attempt, they must wait six months before attempting the entrance test again (with a maximum of three attempts).

Applicants who passed the entrance exam and subsequently change their academic program from a bachelor’s degree to an associate or certificate, are not required to retake the Wonderlic entrance exam, however, applicants changing programs from an associate level to a bachelor’s level must take the Bachelor of Science Wonderlic Basic Skills Test.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by ATI

In addition to other admissions requirements, applicants interested in entering our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program must first take and pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by ATI before you can begin your application.

Study for the TEAS entrance exam by utilizing these great resources:

TEAS Prep Resources by AT

ATI TEAS Study Guide

Register for the exam: Register for the TEAS

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by ATI 

TEAS Minimum passing score for each program as follows:

Program Minimum Score
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) a satisfactory score of 65 or higher

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To set our students up for success on day one, Smith Chason has set minimum technology requirements so you can attend your online lecture courses with ease.

Minimum Technology Requirements

  • Windows 10/11 Laptop/Desktop or Apple MacBook Pro
    • i5, generation 10, 2.5GHz processor or higher (or equivalent)
    • 8GB of RAM or higher o 120GB HD space or higher
    • External Speakers for Desktops o Webcam (w/Microphone capabilities)
    • Install and usage of the Google Chrome browser required
  • High Speed Internet o Wired internet connection (preferred) or strong Wi-Fi internet connection.
    • 50 Mbps or higher internet speeds
  • Google Chromebooks are not recommended.
  • Tablets (iPads, Android, etc.) are not recommended.
  • Cell phone usage to join live lectures, submit homework, and perform tests are not recommended.

Smith Chason accepts transfer credit based on equivalent coursework. The Registrar and/or the Director of Education will determine equivalency. Refer to Transfer Credit Policy located in the catalog.

Smith Chason will give you the preparation you need to increase your impact, so complete your journey here. We make the transfer process straightforward and painless because we know you’re ready to advance your career today.

For guidance through the transfer process, please contact one of our admissions representatives today.

ADN Program Transfer Credit Policy:

Smith Chason School of Nursing accepts transfer credit based on equivalent coursework. The Director of Nursing will determine equivalency.

Applicants applying for transfer credit must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities for evaluation. Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, and English courses with no grade less than a “C” for each course and no more than one repetition of any of these courses. Students must have a cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.5 for all college coursework taken.

Please refer to the Transfer Credit Policy located in the Nursing Handbook.

Students with military healthcare experience may petition to complete assessments for advanced placement through the Challenge Examination process at the time they are accepted and matriculate into the ADN program. All military coursework and experience on veterans’ transcript reviews, military service records, and credits-by-exam will be taken into consideration when determining the quantity and quality of applicable competencies in compliance with federal, state, and accreditation regulations. Quarter credits will be awarded to didactic and clinical nursing courses for licensure.

To assist military veterans with healthcare experience in obtaining advanced placement into the ADN program, applicants must meet the program admission requirements to be considered for advanced placement.

  1. A written request petition for advanced placement related to military healthcare experience must be completed within two years following discharge as evidenced by Form DD-214 and prior to ADN program matriculation.
  2. Meet ADN program admission requirements.
  3. Passing the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by ATI with a satisfactory score of 62 percent or higher (refer to the school’s admissions policy for more information about retaking the TEAS).
  4. An individual appointment with the Program Director or designee is required.

Challenge Exam Process

The program will determine the course(s) the veteran or corpsman must complete based on the criterion established by the college. Admission to the program is on a space-available basis and is not guaranteed.

VETERANS WITH MILITARY HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE AND AN LVN

  • An active, unencumbered Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) license.
  • Submit official transcripts with a detailed experience statement.
  • Challenge exams of each course may be requested by the student to demonstrate both theoretical and clinical competency. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 75% or higher on all written challenge exams and 100% on all clinical competency-based exams. A course overview will be given prior to the exam.
  • Successful completion of the medical dosage calculation assessment.

VETERANS WITH MILITARY HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE AND NOT LICENSED (NOT AN LVN)

  • Submit official transcripts with a detailed experience statement.
  • Challenge exams of each course may be requested by the student to demonstrate both theoretical and clinical competency. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 75% or higher on all written challenge exams and 100% on all clinical competency-based exams. A course overview will be given prior to the exam.
  • Successful completion of the medical dosage calculation assessment.

Successful completion of the tests includes skills and simulated assessments of the required nursing courses in the first quarter.

Smith Chason College is not accepting international students at this time, however, we are working on accepting students soon!

Smith Chason is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

International students must also complete or provide the following after they have been accepted for enrollment in order to receive the I-20 form to apply for an F-1 or M-1 student visa:

  • A Confidential Statement of Finances: An official letter, or bank statement, must be submitted certifying that there are enough funds available for one academic year of tuition and living expenses
  • Payment of the first 6 months of tuition in advance
  • A copy of their passport
  • A copy of the I-94 card/printout
  • Take a TOEFL test used to measure English skills and pass with a score of 62 or higher or submit proof of English Language proficiency
  • A translated and evaluated (at the applicant’s expense) foreign secondary diploma

Our Accreditation

Our commitment to excellence extends beyond our classrooms and into every facet of your educational journey. We take pride in our accreditation — a testament to our unwavering dedication to the education and job success of our students and alumni. Smith Chason College is accredited by the The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

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