Welcome to the Health Sciences Department
Learn more about SMC's Nursing Program
Certified Nursing Assistant Pre-Certification
Is Nursing for me?
How to apply to the SMC Nursing Program
Apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program
The Health Sciences Department at Santa Monica College offers programs designed to prepare you for careers in Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
Registered Nurse (AS)
Respiratory Therapist (AS)
Rehabilitation Therapy Aide Noncredit Certificate
Introduction to Working with Older Adults Noncredit Certificate
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment, visit Gainful Employment.
Programs of Study
This program prepares students to meet the standards of the California Board of Registered Nursing. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate in Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse.
The program allows the graduate to take the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) and, by achieving a high cut score on the TMC, become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE); passing both exams awards the graduate the Registered Respiration Therapy (RRT) credential.
Students completing the Introduction to Working with Older Adults Certificate of Completion may qualify for entry to high demand occupations such as Caregivers, Companions, Social and Human Service Assistants, Direct Support Professionals, and Resident Care Providers.
Rehabilitation Therapy Aide
The Certificate of Completion introduces students to the field and practice of rehabilitation therapy, including occupational, physical and speech therapy.
Certified Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aid
SMC now offers tuition free noncredit Certified Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide Pre-Certification programs. Get certified in less than 2 months!
Skill Builders (Noncredit) ESL for Careers in Healthcare
These courses are designed to build your English language skills around careers in healthcare.