West Coast University - BS Nursing

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    i have questions about the bs nursing program at west coast university orange county



    1. i have only high school diploma, do i need to do prerequisite courses at west coast university before i start the bs nursing program?
    2. west coast university got [color=#b22222](ccne) accreditation, does my bs degree (from west coast university) will be accepted in other universities (ucla, uci and csu) in case if i want to apply for ms program?
    3. does the $126.000 enough to cover the 39 months of study at west coast university? or i need more?
    4. is it easy to get a job after graduate from a private school? do you think employees prefer graduates of state universities than private universities?
    Last edit by iNurs on Jan 18, '12
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    1.) Yes, you will need prerequisite courses, but I believe that is included in the 39 month time-frame you are talking about. If you choose to do pre-reqs at another college they can evaluate them and see if you can substitute them.

    2.) No, your BSN from West Coast will not be accepted by UCLA etc. because they are not accredited by the same institution (WASC). They only have accreditation through ACICS, meaning you will have to take that degree to either a place like Univeristy of Phoenix or continue on at WCU.

    3.) My goodness I am sad to say that it might not cover everything you need. I advise you contact the university or see if they have tuition information on their website. Also check out some of the other options out there... $129,000 is about 32 times more than I will be paying for my nursing education.

    4.) I am fairly sure employers care about your license, not what school you went to. However, I am not a recruiter so it might not be the case.
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    Quote from lrobinson5
    1.) yes, you will need prerequisite courses, but i believe that is included in the 39 month time-frame you are talking about. if you choose to do pre-reqs at another college they can evaluate them and see if you can substitute them.

    2.) no, your bsn from west coast will not be accepted by ucla etc. because they are not accredited by the same institution (wasc). they only have accreditation through acics, meaning you will have to take that degree to either a place like univeristy of phoenix or continue on at wcu.

    3.) my goodness i am sad to say that it might not cover everything you need. i advise you contact the university or see if they have tuition information on their website. also check out some of the other options out there... $129,000 is about 32 times more than i will be paying for my nursing education.

    4.) i am fairly sure employers care about your license, not what school you went to. however, i am not a recruiter so it might not be the case.
    thank you for the answer,
    i just would like to mention that west coast university got the ccne accreditation
    check it here: ccne accredited nursing degree programs

    west coast university
    college of nursing

    baccalaureate accreditation activity
    initial accreditation date: april 27, 2009
    most recent accreditation date: april 27, 2009
    accreditation term expires: december 31, 2014
    last on-site evaluation: april 2009
    next on-site evaluation: spring 2014




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    WCU is Accredited by WASC they just got their accreditation last year:

    West Coast University | WASC
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    Quote from MusicEMT
    WCU is Accredited by WASC they just got their accreditation last year:

    West Coast University | WASC
    Thank you. They JUST got their accreditation in November, and I was not aware of this. This means that you will be able to transfer to the colleges you were asking about. Still, at $130K for a BSN I think it is the most expensive university to attend in the state of California.
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    yea $130k seems a bit too rich for my blood.. Hardvard costs about that much for 4 years if not less..hence why im not Looking at west coast lol
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    1. You can attend this school without any prereq's all you need to do is to be able to pay for your tuition. But I recommend you take prereq's at a JC because it will lower your tuition costs. Also, know that the prereq classes at WCU are super easy in comparison to the nursing courses. I never studied for most of my prereq's and earned A's while I studied an avg of 4 hours a day for some nursing classes and barely managed to get a C which is a minimum 76%.

    2. WCU is CCNE and WASC accredited.

    3. Private universities are expensive, especially WCU. If you do your prereq's at a JC you can lower your tuition cost to around 90,000 which just for comparison is $30,000 more than Mount St. Mary accelerated BSN program. Yes, it is still very expensive so you have to be sure this is what's you want to do. There are many people who attend WCU because it is easy to get into, but end up dropping because to move on you have to study a lot. Those who don't study get weeded out slowly during the course of the nursing program. If you don't pass 2 classes with a 76% or better then you get dropped from the school.

    Honestly, if you are young and dedicated I recommend you go to another institution to save money. Unless you have parents who don't mind paying for your education. If you are old like me (30+) with a previous BS who graduated with a subpar GPA (under 3.0) and are 100% sure you want to be a nurse then I would recommend you attend this school.

    4. From my experience, to get a job as a new RN grad references and recommendations are the most important. Then, I'd say clinical experience, interview skills, what school you attended, and then grades. All in that order.

    FYI, I'm half way into my nursing courses at WCU-LA
    Last edit by ac1022 on Jan 19, '12
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    Hi there,

    On your post you mention that you are half way into your nursing courses - that's great!!! Could i please email you with some questions that? Thanks so much
    my email is angelngiggles@gmail.com
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    Would you say that the classes offered at wcu are easier and below par than those offered at schools where you can not by your way in? Hopefully they start raising their standards so there is not a "pay us and you're accepted" policy, which tbh disgusts me. Good for them if they were able to get WASC accreditation but from what I see it's only the school they have in Irvine and not the other campuses? The thing that bothers me is tht they have such low standards for getting in and those low standards are now equivalent to state universities?
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    Quote from karanb1r
    Would you say that the classes offered at wcu are easier and below par than those offered at schools where you can not by your way in? Hopefully they start raising their standards so there is not a "pay us and you're accepted" policy, which tbh disgusts me. Good for them if they were able to get WASC accreditation but from what I see it's only the school they have in Irvine and not the other campuses? The thing that bothers me is tht they have such low standards for getting in and those low standards are now equivalent to state universities?
    From what I have heard from this university is actually interesting. While anyone can get in, I don't think they take it easy on you. I think a lot of people drop out when they realize there is a reason you jump through many hoops and pre-reqs before ​entering nursing schools elsewhere.
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