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- by Theone40 Jul 5, '11I plan on starting WCU in august but every time I bring WCU up to coworker or others in the field all I get is negative comments such as it’s not a respectable school… that new grads from WCU don’t get hired in hospitals cause of its bad rep…or just that I’m buying my degree…. I wanted to know what are some experiences WCU grads have had getting jobs in hospitals convalescent homes …etc? Or if anyone knew certain place that will not hire WCU grads…
- Jul 5, '11 by brbowen9Hi there! I also was looking into WCU and was skeptical about all of the negative opinions I had heard. As I went to apply for a part time job at Mission Hospital (to work through school as I attend a community college), I mentioned that I originally looking into WCU but had decided against it. Both the HR Manager and Nurse Manager HIGHLY recommended against going to WCU. They both agreed that the had not hired a grad from this program and had yet to see a graduate of WCU that they felt completely comfortable in their education. They also said that all of the clinical sites are not at hospitals, they are at assisted living facilities.
The Nurse Manager emphasized that your foundation is key. Whether its your associates in nursing and your pursue a bachelors, your foundation is what you build off of. Who wants a foundation that is rushed through?
Also, I had to take a BLS class last week and there was a WCU student there. I asked how she was liking the program and what not. She said that you have a class for only 8 weeks so you just learn what is on the test basically. She said that you run through everything with the professor's mindset as this is on the test, this isn't, etc.
Personally, I want to learn everything I can so that I can be a better health care professional. I don't want to just learn what's on a test.
- Jul 6, '11 by nomsaI am attending it, WCU students here in Anaheim are doing their clinicals at hospitals for example West Anaheim Medical Center, St Josephs. There they are together with people from community colleges around such as Cypress College. My neighbor too works at this hospital and she graduated from WCU. The only thing is this school is expensive period. All accelerated programs are like that because it's a two year program, so the classes are very fast.
- Jul 7, '11 by BlkQueen8I hear really negative things about it and ruled it out very early in my school search.
- Oct 2, '11 by moorejulieIt seriously bothers me when people comment on a school they have never even been to. I know this thread is old, but for people who are searching around archives for threads on WCU, I want to actually give an accurate post. Yes, it is expensive. It is accelerated program, but most state universities have accelerated programs as well (Cal State Long Beach) so there is no need to say we are looked down upon. Clinical sites are at hospitals not LTC (CHOC at Orange). Any more questions?
- Nov 1, '11 by Nadi1515Quote from moorejulieIt seriously bothers me when people comment on a school they have never even been to. I know this thread is old, but for people who are searching around archives for threads on WCU, I want to actually give an accurate post. Yes, it is expensive. It is accelerated program, but most state universities have accelerated programs as well (Cal State Long Beach) so there is no need to say we are looked down upon. Clinical sites are at hospitals not LTC (CHOC at Orange). Any more questions?
Thank you Moorejulie! I have had such a great experience with WCU (Ontario), that it is really sad when people bad mouth this institution without even setting foot in it. It is accelerated, however they only shortened each class by one week compared to the quarter systems at other universities. Most of the acceleration comes from the fact that you take classes continuously, with no long breaks.
- Nov 23, '11 by Nadi1515Update on West Coast University: we just got WASC accredited!
- Nov 23, '11 by Nadi1515Quote from BeachBedheadOk well if you all ok with going into about 100k debt with no job guaranteed (yes, if you haven't noticed there are no jobs!) Then go for it.
I wasn't aware that anyone went in to college with a job lined up ahead of time.... It is about setting yourself up for success later. Just because something doesn't work for you, doesn't mean it isn't a good option for someone else. And yes, I am definitely going for it! Best of luck to you in which even option you pursue.