New name. Same WCUI legacy.
WCUI is now Smith Chason College.

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Los Angeles, CA Campus

Associate Degree in Nursing

Enroll Now! Start Sept 2024

Become a Student

A registered nurse is at the core of the healthcare industry.

From your family doctor’s office to the local urgent care, to the school nurses working in your district, registered nurses are at the crux of our medical system. It is a career built on passion, caring, and expertise, and you could be a part of it with the Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Smith Chason College School of Nursing in Los Angeles, CA.

What to Expect

  • Multiple Starts A Year
  • 24-Month Program
  • No Prerequisites Required
  • NCLEX Preparation through ATI
  • 100% NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for Q4 2023-2024!*
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • Hands-On Learning in On Campus Nursing Skills & Simulation Labs
  • 768 Hours of Clinical Experience
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We are a true partner in your journey to becoming part of the nursing profession.

For over 25 years, the founders of Smith Chason College have made it our mission to produce graduates who display academic excellence with the highest levels of integrity.

Smith Chason offers you a learner-focused experience, with an evidence-based approach to your education that’s built on the knowledge of our professional nursing instructors. Our Los Angeles ADN program combines online theory and lecture classes with hands-on nursing skills in our highly developed simulation and skills labs, and off-site clinical experience, to provide you with complete education in the skills and competencies you will need as a registered nurse.

With our associate degree in nursing, you’ll take a wide range of core and general education courses that include:

  • Beginning Medical Nursing
  • Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Arts and Science of Nursing – Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Leadership and Ethics in Nursing
  • How to utilize evidence-based interventions to achieve the best patient outcomes 
  • How to prepare and prioritize the appropriate skills, up through the highest levels of care 
  • How to communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals 
  • How to be a patient safety advocate at all times by establishing compassionate, caring, and therapeutic relationships 
  • And more

At Smith Chason College, our commitment to comprehensive education extends beyond the classroom. Through our externship and clinical programs, we seamlessly integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience, empowering our students to thrive in their respective fields. Collaborating with esteemed hospitals and clinics nationwide, we offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning under the guidance of experienced mentors. Whether aspiring to become proficient sonographers, MRI technologists, nurses, or healthcare professionals, our students gain invaluable real-life experience, ensuring they emerge as exceptional practitioners prepared to meet the demands of their chosen profession. 

These immersive experiences are typically conducted toward the end of the program, allowing students to apply their accumulated knowledge in real-world settings. Moreover, these opportunities often serve as a gateway to potential job opportunities, enabling students to forge connections and establish themselves within their chosen field even before graduation. At Smith Chason College, we believe in equipping our students with not only the requisite skills but also the practical experience and industry connections necessary for a successful career in healthcare. 

Course Name Course # Type Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credit Hours
Fundamentals of Nursing and Clinical NURS100 Core 36 72 108 8.0
Communication in Health Care NURS105 Core 36 0 0 3.0
Beginning Medical-Surgical Nursing and Clinical NURS110 Core 36 36 144 8.0
Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing and Clinical NURS120 Core 36 24 48 6.0
Arts and Science of Nursing – Pediatrics and Clinical NURS140 Core 36 36 0 7.0
Leadership and Ethics in Nursing NURS146 Core 36 0 48 4.5


Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn an Associate Degree in Nursing and will:

  1. Communicate effectively using interpersonal skills and to use appropriate informatic technology.
  2. Utilize evidence based nursing interventions to achieve best outcomes in patient care.
  3. Prepare and prioritize the appropriate nursing care skills, from simple to highest level of care throughout the life span, always keeping safety as the top priority.
  4. To teach and employ critical reasoning and critical thinking to effectively and safely provide the best nursing care.
  5. To always provide patient centered nursing care using the nursing process to accommodate social and cultural differences along with all members of the healthcare team.
  6. Respect the right of patients to participate in decision making process affecting their health and always ensuring confidentiality.
  7. Be a patient safety advocate at all times, establishing compassionate, caring and therapeutic relationships in a physical and psychologically safe environment.
  8. Assume responsibility for the quality of nursing care and always adhering to legal and ethical standards, giving positive image to the profession.
  9. Always serve as an advocate as a continuity of care and promote quality access to healthcare for our patients and families.
  10. Mentor students to transition into the nursing profession as lifetime learners and promote continuing high education.


Theory/Lab hours are typically 2 to 3 days a week (Monday-Friday), 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, and one 12-hour Clinical a week, Tuesday-Sunday, (i.e. 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM or 7:00 PM – 7:00 AM) 

Connect with an admissions advisor to learn more about the schedule.

All applicants must meet the Smith Chason College General Admissions Requirements and pass the entrance exam to be eligible for enrollment.

All Associate Degree in Nursing applicants must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by ATI Entrance Exam with a satisfactory score of 65 or higher. This must be completed before you can begin your application.

In addition to meeting the General Admissions Requirements, Associate Degree in Nursing applicants must:

  • Applicant must be 18 years or older.
  • Completion of Application for Admissions.
  • Submit proof of graduation from an accredited high school or the equivalent recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign high school transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluation agency.
  • Submit a copy of an unexpired valid government-issued photo ID.
  • Completion of Letter of Intent (500-word essay)
  • Interview with the Nursing Program Director or Designee.
  • Completion of physical examination which includes:
    • Student health form(physical)
    • Tdap (Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis) Booster (if not within 10 years)
    • Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps (MMR 1,2), Varicella (X2), and Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer Report
      • If the titer is negative, immunizations required as medically warranted. If titer level indicates nonimmunity, 1st injection required prior to starting program.
      • Having the disease is not proof of immunity
      • The series of Hepatitis immunizations takes several months to complete. Proof of each Hepatitis B immunization (#1,2, &3) is required to be submitted to the program office within one week of the immunization injection
    • 2–step Tuberculosis (TB) tests with the TB surveillance survey form
      • The 2-step TB test required consists of 2 complete TB tests 2-step PPD test required. 2nd PPD after 7 days of receiving the first PPD and within 3 weeks of the 1st PPD If TB test is positive, chest X-ray is required with an annual TB surveillance survey
      • Chest X-ray must have been completed within the last 5 years. (Chest X-ray will only be accepted if proof of positive PPD or QuantiFERON® documented).
      • Chest X-ray is not accepted without a TB surveillance survey form
    • Annual influenza immunization by the official beginning of flu season or proper waivers and agreements as required by the county or institution.
    • COVID-19 vaccine may be required at clinical sites
  • Proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) completion card (American Heart AssociationHealth Care Provider)
  • Complete a criminal background check. Background checks must be processed and cleared.
  • Provide fingerprinting and urine drug screenings prior to the start of clinical experience. Students are responsible for all associated costs.
  • Nursing Liability Insurance as required

Prepare for Your Future at Smith Chason

Smith Chason is committed to presenting broadening prospects within the nursing profession. Our objective is to help you reach success and support you from enrollment through graduation and beyond.

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    Approved by the California BRN

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    Complete ATI Partner

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    Developed Nursing Simulation Lab

Take the next step

Find the information you need to apply to the Smith Chason College School of Nursing on our Admissions Page.

  • STEP 01

    Study and Register for the TEAS Entrance Exam

  • STEP 02

    Connect with an Admissions Advisor

  • STEP 03

    Start your Educational Journey