Health Sciences Department


SMC Nursing Students

Providence Saint John's Hospital

SMC Partners with Providence Saint John’s to Create New Healthcare Solutions

The Health Sciences Department at Santa Monica College offers programs designed to prepare you for careers in Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Programs offered:

  • 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.

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Respiratory Care

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.

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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.

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Rehabilitation Therapy Aide

The Certificate of Completion introduces students to the field and practice of rehabilitation therapy, including occupational, physical and speech therapy.

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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!

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Skill Builders (Noncredit) ESL for Careers in Healthcare

These courses are designed to build your English language skills around careers in healthcare.

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