Yes, I am in the prelicensure program and overall I really like it. There are several flaws, as with all programs, but its a fairly new program and hopefully they will work the kinks out. They do not ask students for their opinion on important topics such as program improvement though. I really think they should regularly contact us to see what we feel could be improved upon. I highly recommend the program to everyone.
Extending the program will have no effect on students practicing and perfecting taking blood pressure and other vital signs. Those skills are not included in the extension. We learned those over two days and practice them in future labs and all clinical intensives. If you were hoping those extra six months will give students more practice to those and other skills, I am sad to inform you that it will not.
Your story about the nurse giving incorrect information is unfortunate. Hopefully the nurse was accidently referring to another patient, but who knows. Nurses, doctors, physical therapists, etc make mistakes every day.
West Coast University should be avoided at all costs by prospective nursing students. They are the most expensive program I am aware of, and employers do not want to hire their graduates. You can get bad grades in college and still get accepted there if you are willing to pay outrageous tuition prices. Nursing demands more outgoing, dedicated, and bright people. I know there are some brilliant people that attend WCU, but when you look at their NCLEX pass rates, retention, and class profile statistics, you will see what I am referring to.
I don't know of any programs that are less expensive than WGU, except for hundreds of community college programs. But those are only ADN programs. Mt. St. Marys is more expensive but is much more prestigious and turns out very prepared nurses and get hired immediately out of school. That program is only a year long. Then they start making money sooner and it ends up costing less than attending WGU or a community college. Concordia is 18 months, a full year shorter than WGU, and is not much more expensive. And then the nurses can work for a a full year before WGU grads can, and make $65,000 a year, which also ends up costing less than WGU.