Who We Are
West Coast Ultrasound Institute (WCUI) is dedicated to the success of its students. We are a private postsecondary vocational college. Our main campus is located in Los Angeles, California. We have Branch campuses located in Ontario, California and in Phoenix, Arizona.
West Coast Ultrasound Institute is unique in that it is owned and operated by Board Certified Radiologists, Cardiologists and Technologists that are currently employed in the medical field. Their expertise enables our students to be current in new technology, imaging protocols, and innovations.
West Coast Ultrasound Institute’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.
Purpose and Philosophy Statement
West Coast Ultrasound Institute believes that the rewards of education are both valuable and enduring. WCUI’s main purpose is to allow each student to reap the rewards of their education by achieving their highest potential in the growing healthcare industry.
At WCUI, our motto is “Knowledge Builds Careers”.
West Coast Ultrasound Institute has designed specialized programs for all qualified students. These programs develop the students’ knowledge base and cultivate their skills while enabling them to meet the requirements of their particular fields. This allows our students to enter the healthcare job market with confidence. Students who successfully complete the programs offered at WCUI can rely on a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge when they enter the medical field. Students are trained for entry‐level positions in their respective healthcare fields.
Dr. Neville Smith, M.D., a Board Certified Radiologist opened West Coast Ultrasound Institute in 1998 with Myra Chason, BS, BSN, RDMS, a well known instructor of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Together with the talents of many instructors known in the community, they have pioneered the innovative teaching style of “edutaining.” This teaching style is a combination of education and entertainment, this allows the learning process to be more entertaining while still learning the complexities and technical skills necessary in today’s challenging medical careers.
Dr. Smith recognized the importance of a school that specialized in radiological imaging. In addition to the imaging programs he recognized the overwhelming need for a Nursing program. This lead to the development of an outstanding Nursing department with an experienced and innovative Director of Nursing; Dr. Hany Nashed, FMD, MSc, BSN PHN.
West Coast Ultrasound Institute is unique in that along with the school, it also operates a low cost ultrasound clinic onsite catering to patients without medical insurance. This clinic has over twenty-five referring medical agencies and primary care physicians. This allows students to participate in “real” patient care through the various training programs.
The learning experience at West Coast Ultrasound Institute includes both the didactic instruction as well as actual hands on clinical experience. Between the three school locations, there are over 50 multi-functional ultrasound machines exclusively for student use. All students are given a clinical externship at a hospital or imaging center upon the successful completion of their program. WCUI has many clinical affiliations with hospitals and imaging centers.
Accreditation and Approvals
West Coast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to provide educational services in the State of California. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. WCUI is also licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to provide educational services in the state of Arizona. WCUI’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging AAS program is programmatically accredited by ARMRIT. WCUI's Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).
Following the completion of our imaging programs, qualified students will be eligible, based on what program the student graduated from, to take their respective registry and/or board examinations from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT), Cardiac Credentialing International (CCI), American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), or the Board of Vocational Nursing.
United States Department of Education
Approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to administer Title IV Federal Financial Aid to those students who qualify.
California State Licenses
Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means the institution is
complaint with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT)
Arizona State Approval
Approved by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE)
Approved by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Education (AZDVS) and the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) to enroll veterans and other eligible persons.
Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance Program (TA)
Approved for training of active-duty service members through the Department of Defense's Military Tuition Assistance Program.
United States Department of Homeland Security, SEVP – Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students
American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT)Upon completion of the MRI program, graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) – www.armrit.org National Certification Examination.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
West Coast Ultrasound Institute prohibits harassment or discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religion, ancestry, sex, military or veteran status, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.
*West Coast Ultrasound Institute does not guarantee employment.