West Coast University spring 2019

  1. Hey guys!
    i just got accepted into West Coast University in Orange County. I'm super anxious/excited about starting the program and I was even more in shock to find out that with all the classes I'm transferring I'll only end up with about $40,000 in loans for my BSN degree. I'm really impressed with their NCLEX pass rates (93%) and I'm also glad they are WASC, CCNE, and CBN accredited.

    Im going to be moving from Northern California (Sacramento) for this program and I was wondering if there's anyone (female) that would need a roommate? I don't want to live on my own because the cost of living can be super pricey in Orange County and I won't be working.

    Another question I have is how good are the professors? I have a 3.8 overall GPA with A's in most of my sciences but I've alwayd had to study hard. I expect nursing to be the hardest thing I'll ever had to study but I think it all begins with a great professor..

    any words of advice from WCU graduates or current students?
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  3. by   Mandi Mae
    Hi, and welcome to WCU! I can't help you with the roommate situation because I live way more inland and go to the Ontario campus, but I wanted to stop in and say that I have absolutely loved going to WCU! I'm in my last term, and I feel that this school prepares you very well for the NCLEX and transitioning into new grad clinical practice. It's also totally possible to keep up a high GPA as long as you're studying. It's an intense program, but I've been able to keep mine at 3.98. :-) The instructors have been amazing, and they really go above and beyond to make sure you have the tools to succeed. They even have international programs that honors students can apply for, and the school pays the expenses! I just participated in the Oxford program this summer, and it was awesome (and will look good on a resume, too!). I'm now only about 8 weeks away from finishing, and I'm 100% happy with my choice to go to WCU! Best of luck, and feel free to message me if you ever have any questions!
    Last edit by Mandi Mae on Aug 24
  4. by   Powell.E
    Hey there Mandi!
    thanks for the great information regarding the school. As far as my living situation, I have friends that live in riverside that would allow me to stay with them until I get my roommate situation figured out so I won't stress out about that anymore.

    Congratulations on your high GPA! I hope I can have the same. I heard about that amazing Oxford program, and thats something I would definitely look into .
  5. by   Powell.E
    Hey there Mandi!
    thanks for the great information regarding the school. As far as my living situation, I have friends that live in riverside that would allow me to stay with them until I get my roommate situation figured out so I won't stress out about that anymore.

    Congratulations on your high GPA! I hope I can have the same. I heard about that amazing Oxford program, and thats something I would definitely look into .

    As far as the curriculum goes in the core nursing, how are ht professors? Ive heard from some students that they basically have to teach themselves by reading the material and thats it, and that concerns me because I am better with visual, hands on learning.
  6. by   Mandi Mae
    In my experience, it's all been very interactive, with a lot of different modalities of learning. The lectures have tended to be very participatory, with PowerPoints and activities that coordinate with the topic, and videos and practice quizzes at home. Then for clinicals you have skills labs, simulations, and of course the actual clinical experience each term, so there's a lot of hands-on, real-life learning. You definitely don't read the entire book! The professor may assign some reading before class so you're ready for the lecture, but relatively little of the learning is straight from the book. It's been definitely more from the lectures and interactions during class, and then put into hands-on practice in clinicals to really cement it.
  7. by   Sfunn
    Hello !

    congrats ! Did you transfer in all of the prerequisites? Or just some ?
  8. by   less.jen
    Quote from Powell.E
    Hey guys!
    i just got accepted into West Coast University in Orange County. I'm super anxious/excited about starting the program and I was even more in shock to find out that with all the classes I'm transferring I'll only end up with about $40,000 in loans for my BSN degree. I'm really impressed with their NCLEX pass rates (93%) and I'm also glad they are WASC, CCNE, and CBN accredited.

    Im going to be moving from Northern California (Sacramento) for this program and I was wondering if there's anyone (female) that would need a roommate? I don't want to live on my own because the cost of living can be super pricey in Orange County and I won't be working.

    Another question I have is how good are the professors? I have a 3.8 overall GPA with A's in most of my sciences but I've alwayd had to study hard. I expect nursing to be the hardest thing I'll ever had to study but I think it all begins with a great professor..

    any words of advice from WCU graduates or current students?
    Hey, I was wondering how you got your tuition down to 40k if you don't mind me asking. Im also going there for spig 2019 and would love it if you can help me out on how to lower the tuition. Thanks
  9. by   Powell.E
    I transfered all pre requisites courses except the ones that are only offered at the university like the first year seminar and capstones
  10. by   Powell.E
    Hi!
    So what really cut down the cost was taking all my pre requisites at a community college before transferring. At WCU the cost goes by semester, and I believe its around 17,000 a semester to go there. a semester contains 2 quarters and the first 6 quarters are all pre requisite classes you can take outside of WCU so if you take them before hand you will save around $35,000. Another thing was my FASFA, I get full cal grant and pel grant which awarded me $9500 a year and since I have to go there for 2 years it gave me another $19,000 towards tuition. Last but not least was my HESI score and GPA. The university offers scholarships sometimes for selected amount of students depending on academic standing personally, mine was $20,000 scholarship per year as long as I keep my GPA good. My HESI score was a 85% and my GPA is a 3.88.

    Price tag on school: $136,000
    pre requisite courses: -$35,000
    FASFA & grants: - $19,000
    WCU scholarship: -$20,000 per year = 40,000 total scholarship

    total tuition= $42,000.

    I hope this helps talk to your advisor and try to find the most affordable way possible. From what I have heard this school is worth every penny.
  11. by   slyvalleygrl
    Quote from Powell.E
    Hi!
    So what really cut down the cost was taking all my pre requisites at a community college before transferring. At WCU the cost goes by semester, and I believe its around 17,000 a semester to go there. a semester contains 2 quarters and the first 6 quarters are all pre requisite classes you can take outside of WCU so if you take them before hand you will save around $35,000. Another thing was my FASFA, I get full cal grant and pel grant which awarded me $9500 a year and since I have to go there for 2 years it gave me another $19,000 towards tuition. Last but not least was my HESI score and GPA. The university offers scholarships sometimes for selected amount of students depending on academic standing personally, mine was $20,000 scholarship per year as long as I keep my GPA good. My HESI score was a 85% and my GPA is a 3.88.

    Price tag on school: $136,000
    pre requisite courses: -$35,000
    FASFA & grants: - $19,000
    WCU scholarship: -$20,000 per year = 40,000 total scholarship

    total tuition= $42,000.

    I hope this helps talk to your advisor and try to find the most affordable way possible. From what I have heard this school is worth every penny.
    This is a great way of breaking down the cost. I too am attending west coast university starting october. Through financial aid transferring pre reqs i got my tuition down to the same as you. And I am applying for the WCU scholarship as well but im not going to qualify for as high of an amount as you did. So the rest i will be making in monthly payments. I am so excited. I have been waiting on getting into a nursing program for two years. I wish i would have made this decision sooner. May i ask how you were able to receive the cal grant ? I was only awarded the pell grant and the rest federal loans.
  12. by   mattsong12
    Hey there! Like you I got accepted into the Spring 2019 cohort at the Orange county campus as well and I am very excited to start! Im flying down there next week to meet with my financial advisor and counselor, and talking to them I was able to transfer all my pre-reqs as well! I reside in the Bay Area and I am starting to stress about the living situation! Hopefully we'll be able to find affordable housing but other than that, I am looking forward to finally starting in January!
  13. by   gmamani0
    Why would you go to west coast? It's for-profit. The tuition is insane and employers will laugh at you. I have worked as a CRC at Kaiser Permanente and UCI, boy oh boy let me tell you, they do not look favorably on west coast students. I go to a school in the very middle-of-goddarn-nowhere NY. Previous employers have looked at me favorably because I chose the route of hard work, actual acceptance, and a school that has been established in the community for decades.

    I did not have a strong GPA but I was willing to put in the time and work to attend a truly accredited, small liberal art university (obviously not-for-profit) and knowing that I got in fair and square.

    Do yourself a favor and don't bother attendinf a for-profit unless you work at a hospital thag guarantees you a job afterwards as an RN.
  14. by   slyvalleygrl
    I live in California and have been trying to get into a nursing program for two years. Most here are admitted based on lottery so either you are the luck of the draw or you wait who knows how long. I have a family and i don't have anymore time to waste. West coast is in fact accredited. It may be a guaranteed spot for acceptance but that doesn't mean you are paying for a degree. You still have to put in the work. I know many past graduates who have had no trouble finding a job. Maybe where you are they may laugh at west coast graduates but not here. West coast also has a 93 percent pass rate for the nclex on the first attempt. Yes it is a for-profit school with high tuition. I was fortune enough to qualify for a scholarship through them and for grants. So i will finish with no more debt than if i attended a regular university. You are entitled to your opinion but i thought I would inform you as to why people choose this school and that not everyone will be drowning in debt or laughed at when seeking employment.

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