Some facts about the West Coast BSN program

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    So as I'm preparing to apply to BSN programs in the Southern California area for Spring 2014 admissions, I recently had an interview with West College's admissions and financial aid reps. So far, West Coast's program was on the bottom of my list because of all the negative information i had heard about the school, teachers, and that horrific price tag we have all seen associated with the school. But i'm so glad i met with the rep and got a lot of these rumors and facts verified because i can now make an informed decision. I wanted to share the details with you guys so you guys can have that opportunity as well......here it goes.

    Timeframe (Bsn): 3.5 semesters pre-nursing, 4.5 semesters nursing (21.5 months). One academic year at West Coat is made up of 2.5 semesters. Total 8 semesters for the BSN degree. Classes are 10 weeks long and year round. Students are admitted each term so multiple times a year they will accept students into the program.

    Pre-Requisites: About 16 classes and 3 of them are upper division (pathophysiology, English 2, Cultural Humanities) so those must be completed at West Coast or at a 4 year University. They have sort of an articulation agreement type thing on their website if you want to check and see if classes taken at a local community college transfer over.

    Cost: Approximate numbers - 16,000 per semester, 2.5 semesters a year so about 37,000 per year. Complete your prerequisites at a community college! Most of that tuition ( what federal and grants won't cover) you pay via 2 options-pay monthly like a car payment or then get a private loan. My thoughts: 45,000 a year for a private school BSN-not as bad as I was thinking, especially if you knock out the prerequisites at a community college. I think Loma Linda has a similar price tag. Someone please clarify if I am wrong.

    Students are doing clinical at Kaiser and Hoag Hospital, this I know for sure. I asked the west coast rep what the 6 month job placement rate was and his answer "we don't expect our students to come back and tell us"....ummm why aren't other colleges and universities using THAT excuse....SHADY. More like says a lot about the reputation of the program.

    Admission requirements: getting approved for that private loan, if you have a minimum sat score then you don't have to take the HESI exam, and that's about it actually. No waiting list that I'm aware of but terms did fill up fast.

    Accreditation: WASC regionally accredited, so state schools and future Masters programs will accept your degree!!

    Hope this helps, I know it cleared up a lot of the concerns I had because of all the horror stories surrounding this school. If anyone can fill in the missing facts: Teacher/Class Quality, Job placement ( how hospitals are viewing the West Coast nurse, likely to hire?, ease in getting hired), and how well West Coast prepared you to be a nurse, this would be much appreciated by everyone seriously considering their BSN nursing options in SoCal.

    Best of luck to all the future nurses out there.
    Last edit by Joe V on Mar 16, '13
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    Moved to our California State Nursing Programs since state specific info.
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    That price is insane. Please look elsewhere.
    ShyeoftheTiger, Paco-RN, and marycarney like this.
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    I dont know, I need the bridge from lvn to rn. I couldn't pass their entrance exam. You needed a 80% and i got a 76% and a 78%, which was 2 years ago. They said you can only take the test one last time and thats it. I never went back. ha
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    I am going to be starting West Coast University in April. A lot of people gripe about the cost, sure it is quite a bit of money, but the price is sigificantly reduced if you do all your pre-reqs done at a community college. My price dropped to about 80k for two years (which is still quite a bit, but about average for a private schoo!). i looked up the price at Azusa Pacific University (also a private), it costs about 30K a year. I know i am echoing what the orginal poster said, but the orginal price tag of the school should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Another Point i want to point out is the NCLEX Passrate is not too shabby, while it isnt the best in California its still at a high 87.01% (which is higher than UCI's 78.26%!!!!)

    http://www.rn.ca.gov/schools/passrates.shtml

    One thing about the job placement rate: it can be a bit hard to trackdown as some former students leave the state or dont bother calling back. as well as now, just about all new grads from any school are having a hard time finding a job:

    I read somewhere that new grad nurses throughout CA as a whole had a 56% employment rate. I unfourtunately cant find that source!

    Now for the good news: I have talked to a couple friends who are nurses, they all said that they knew someone who graduated from WCU that got hired. I was talking to one of our ER techs at the hospital where i work, she told me that our hospital hired two WCU grads. There are also a couple people on these bords that went to WCU and got hired as well.

    It seems to me that the BSN is worth its weight in gold more than an ADN in today's economy.

    one of the selling points of WCU for me was the: WASC accredidation, which would allow me to pursue my grad degrees at any other accredidated insituition such as SDSU or other brick and mortar school.

    From what it seems like from the outside, its a school thats improving year by year, in fact they are in the process of starting a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program soon.

    People should really take the negative reviews with a grain of salt because some of those complaints are outdated or have been corrected.
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    I looked into this, because it's technically undergraduate, you can only get $10,000 in Federal loans. That means the other $30,000 has to come from private loans. Do your research about private loans, there is no 6 month grace period for finding a job and you can't do any public service loan repayment programs.
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    There are also scholarships that you can get if you are a prudent person. I hate that people complain about the cost. Lets do a quick comparison-

    Average yearly RN salary in Ca- $50,000; length of time to get in and complete WCU 3.5 years- total employment wages lost- $175,000
    Average length of time to complete a CC pre-req: 2.5 years: wages lost: $125,000
    Length of time to get accepted into CC nursing program: -0.5-2 years: wages lost $25,000-100,000

    Total cost of WCU $140,000
    Total cost of CC- $5-10,000 (guessing)
    Total wages lost attending WCU- $175,000
    Total wages lost attending CC- $150,000-$225,000
    Total WCU expense:$210,000
    Total CC expense: $$155,000-$235,000


    Yes it is more expensive, but in the long run it breaks even (or close to), and in one scenario you walk out with a BSN in the other you have an ADN.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
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    These two scenarios are similar financially if a person is paying out of pocket and taking out no loans.
    I do agree that there could be some savings from being able to potentially enter a nursing job earlier. But a major caveat is that making $100,000 by working two years earlier is not comparable to avoiding $100,000 of debt.

    Students in most other fields often discuss the consequences of high student loans, but I rarely ever see this being discussed in the nursing forums?
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    There are also scholarships that you can get if you are a prudent person. I hate that people complain about the cost. Lets do a quick comparison-

    Average yearly RN salary in Ca- $50,000; length of time to get in and complete WCU 3.5 years- total employment wages lost- $175,000
    Average length of time to complete a CC pre-req: 2.5 years: wages lost: $125,000
    Length of time to get accepted into CC nursing program: -0.5-2 years: wages lost $25,000-100,000

    Total cost of WCU $140,000
    Total cost of CC- $5-10,000 (guessing)
    Total wages lost attending WCU- $175,000
    Total wages lost attending CC- $150,000-$225,000
    Total WCU expense:$210,000
    Total CC expense: $$155,000-$235,000


    Yes it is more expensive, but in the long run it breaks even (or close to), and in one scenario you walk out with a BSN in the other you have an ADN.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
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    There are plenty of scholarships available to help ease the cost of tuition.
    Scholarship Program
    The one offered by Nurse Corp Scholarship does work for WCU students.

    Im currently attending WCU right now, and the clinical sites and teachers are what I would expect it to be from a BSN program. I can only compare it to my LVN instructors and the instructors here are much better. The school does have its share of problems, but what school doesnt. They are working on improving, thats a plus
    Im doing the LVN-BSN route and I believe you get what you put into the program. So your success correlates to the amount of effort you put into it. I came in with all my pre-reqs done at a community college. Im using PELL grants, scholarships, government loans and private loans to help pay for tuition. Its good to note that PELL grants offer up to $5500 a year(money you dont have to pay back).
    In the end its still a lot of money to take as debt, so I do work as much as possible
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    In my opinion, places like WCU prey on those who want a fast way to through a nursing program and are willing to spare no expense... I would research the hospitals you are looking to work at afterward. Ask them how they feel about hiring WCU graduates... Take what those WCU representatives say with a grain of salt because they stand to make quite a profit off of your decision.

    You can take the negative reviews with a grain of salt, too, that won't cost you a dime
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