West Coast University (WCU) College of Nursing | 93% NCLEX Pass Rates

West Coast University (WCU) College of Nursing offers CCNE accredited BSN, LVN/LPN to BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and RN to MSN degree programs including programs for Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, Nurse Leaders, and Nurse Informatics, as well as post-graduate Certificates.


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  • 93%
    NCLEX Pass Rates
  • On Campus
    Online
  • Private
    Profit
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, LPN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, BSN, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, Other
  • Location Los Angeles, CA
  • Telephone 1-866-508-2684
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West Coast University offers nursing programs for the undergraduate and graduate nursing student. Courses are available online and on campus. We are known as one of the largest educators of Registered Nurses throughout the state of California. WCU also offers a very unique opportunity for the Nursing student to receive hands-on experience with patients in an international setting.

In 2008, WCU became the first privately held university in California to be approved to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Shortly after, in 2010, WCU received approval to award the Master of Science degrees in Nursing. And, in 2015, West Coast University launched WCU Online, providing online coursework for the RN-BSN, RN-MSN and MSN programs.

Global Public Health Program

Students who choose to enter the Global Public Health Program will have the opportunity to travel abroad and earn 40 clinical hours that are applied towards the public health requirement of their program(s).  During this 2-week opportunity, students will be able to work with the medically undeserved of the area(s).   

WCU has a "student-centric" philosophy offering advantages including:

  • Classes available when you need them with no waitlists or lottery systems
  • Multiple starts throughout the year - Every 10 weeks a class starts
  • Gain real-life experience at WCU in our dynamic Simulation Center - The student gains knowledge for real life scenarios
  • 300 clinical sites available - Develop hands-on care with actual patients
  • Shortened degree time - Graduate in as little as 39 months
  • WCU offers Career Services and Contemporary Forums - Designed for students to have support during and after graduation. Graduates are offered generous discounts and other benefits for continuing education
  • Scholarships available - merit-based and need-based scholarships available for those who qualify

Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military Personnel

Military Health Care-trained individuals may be eligible to receive credit for previous education.

History of WCU

West Coast University started in Los Angeles as a small, single classroom ophthalmology school. David Pyle took over the leadership in 1997 and in 2004 started education programs for healthcare professionals.

Campus Locations

  • Dallas, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Los Angeles Center for Graduate Studies, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Ontario, California
  • Orange County, California

Campus Degrees

  •  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  •  LVN to BSN
  •  BS in Nursing (Florida)
  •  LPN to BSN (Florida)

Online Degrees

  • RN to BSN
  • RN to MSN - Advanced Generalist
  • RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN - Nurse Educator
  • RN to MSN - Informatics

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MSN Advanced Generalist
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN Nurse Educator
  • MSN Informatics
  • Post Master's FNP Certificate

Undergraduate


BSN Entrance Examination Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Two maximum attempts to pass, one week apart
  • Verbal and Quantitative Scores for SAT and ACT
  • HESI Exams within 3 years of enrollment
  • TEAS exams within 1 year of enrollment  

BSN & LVN/LPN-BSN Transfer Credit Evaluation

  • Must provide official transcripts by the first day of the first semester
  • General education, prerequisites, and core nursing coursework taken from a national or regionally accredited institution
  • If a nursing student is interested in transferring, there must only be one year between the end of the previous nursing course and the beginning of the first course at West Coast University. Exceptions may be considered
  • BSN program maximum allowable transfer credits will not exceed 52 credits of general education

LVN/LPN-BSN Licensure Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Must hold a current unrestricted LVN license
  • Transcripts may be requested

LVN to RN 30 Unit Option

West Coast University offers a 30 unit option for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  Those who choose the 30 Unit option must take Physiology, Microbiology, and selected pre-licensure nursing courses. Students do not receive a certificate or degree from West Coast University and are not considered a graduate of the University. Students interested in the 30 unit option must express a desire for this option prior to enrolling in the WCU LVN to BSN program. The option to take the 30 Unit expires once students have enrolled and have started the WCU LVN to BSN program.  Students who successfully complete the LVN to RN 30 Unit option will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination. 

RN to BSN Transfer Credits

The RN to BSN program allows 42 transfer credits for an unrestricted current RN license issued in the United States as well as up to 42 credits of general education transfer credits (total of 84 transfer credits).  

Those enrolled in the RN to BSN program are exempt from specific general education requirements because they will be taken within the course.  Official transcripts must be submitted the first day of the first term of the course at the University to receive transfer credits. General education transfer credits may also apply if the student submits their official transcripts by six months of starting education at WCU. College-level coursework will be considered for transfer credit.  All coursework must have been taken at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. 

BSN and LVN-BSN Admissions Requirements-California (not all inclusive)

  • Submit a completed WCU application for admissions
  • Schedule interview
  • Proof of approved High School graduation documentation or equivalent
  • Complete program specific entrance requirements
  • Provide proof of current unrestricted license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Achieve acceptable composite score based on entrance examination and cumulative GPA requirements; those with a composite score of 8 or above will be admitted to the university; exceptions for students will be taken under conditional consideration

BSN and LPN-BSN Admissions Requirements - Florida and Texas (not all inclusive)

  • Minimum cumulative score 192.3 on the TEAS Examination or minimum 80 on the HESI Examination
  • A conditional acceptance is for students with a cumulative score TEAS of 129 to 192.2, or a score on the HESI from 76 to 79.5

RN to BSN (Online) Admissions Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Provide proof of a current unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States
  • Students who are not yet licensed may be admitted if they meet all other admissions criteria but must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.  
  • Submit official transcripts from a Board of Nursing licensed Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program
  • May be conditionally admitted by providing unofficial transcripts or a copy of the conferred nursing degree
  • Applicants with a valid license may be admitted with approved documentation of earned high school degree or equivalent pending receipt of official transcripts of nursing degree
  • Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such time license is current and unrestricted 

Graduate


MSN Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Minimum Bachelor of Science in Nursing or closely related field from an accredited institution; students with a Bachelor of Science degree in a field other than Nursing will be required to verify course work or experience in undergraduate research, leadership/management, and public/community health
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered for admission on probation, but must achieve a 'B' (3.0) or better in the first 9 credits in the program to be removed from probation
  • Proof of current unrestricted professional RN license in the U.S.
  • Introductory Statistics course with a grade of 'C' or better, equivalent to MATH 211 (Applied Statistics)
  • Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner track must have completed a minimum of one year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past 2 years
  • Three letters of recommendation from health care professionals or other non-family professionals
  • Preferred one year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years; FNP track has an exception that requires one year of full time experience in direct care prior to entering FNP core classes

Accreditation and Approval

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Baccalaureate and Master's Programs in Nursing at all WCU campuses.

West Coast University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

WCU's BSN and LVN to BSN track programs are approved through the California Board of Registered Nursing.

West Coast University's nursing programs are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

WCU's BSN and LVN to BSN track programs are approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    Jul 7, 9:16 am by
    Overall: 3.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 3 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    Many people, including myself, have considered West Coast as a last resort as their tuition cost is sky high. To be quite honest, I only attended this school because I was offered a grant that significantly lowered the cost of my program to be comparable to other Cal states.
    This program is accelerated, consisting of 10 weeks terms; 9 weeks being actual lecture and clinical and the tenth week used to makeup missed classes due to holidays or as a week off before the start of the next term. So obviously, this program is very fast paced and does require commitment and effort on the student's behalf. Almost EVERY faculty member will advise you to quit your job or drastically cut back hours while going here, but let me be proof that this really isn't necessary.
    I have maintained 2 part-time jobs (working full time hours, sometimes more) throughout the entirety of this program and did just fine. Many of my friends did the same. What I will say, is that this school truly has no consideration/flexibility with your personal schedule. School comes first. Period. Your schedule can change at any time so be prepared for them to throw in random and mandatory events. It sucks, but if you really want it, you will make it work.
    As far as the content and difficulty of the classes, I personally felt that it wasn't that hard. Many people did fail classes and were dropped from the program (2 failed classes= program dismissal) so it does happen. I won't speak negatively about these student as I don't know the extent of their circumstances, however I can say the students that were successful put in the work, were accountable for their success and didn't make excuses.
    For anyone considering this program, I would suggest completing general ed at a community college to save some money then transferring after. Don't sign any financial aid documents until you've weighed your options. If you are committed to your learning and genuinely want to succeed, you will have no issues completing this program.

    About The Staff

    If not for the amazing theory and clinical instructors that I've been fortunate enough to have, this score would be much lower. I have had some amazing professors that have helped my growth markedly in this program by going above and beyond for their students. These interactions are what I choose to focus on as I feel credit should be given where it is due. For me, these experiences outweigh the negatives in this section. But if we're looking at the negative aspects, there has been quite a bit of turnover with administration during my time here in all departments. It is clear, and has been clear to me since I enrolled, that this school is "For Profit". By this I mean that finances are their priority; at the end of the day it is a business and it is run like one (The financial aid department felt more like a bunch of used car salesman at times). I believe that as a whole the administration cares about the success of the students, but not above their own priorities.

  2. Anonymous
    Feb 27, 7:46 pm by
    Overall: 2.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 2 stars
    Experience: 2 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2019

    My Experience

    To start, I am in the Miami campus and can only speak of my own experience there. The orientation was very uplifting where we were encouraged, shown the mannequins and the associated sim lab. This was a complete front. In actual practice, the support system does not live up to the self-proclaimed hype. Only a few of the professors make themselves accessible and the others cannot be bothered to answer e-mails, even if it's pertinent to success in the classroom. Classes are initially fairly convenient with two a week, five hours each. That is, until you get to core, where you're in class four days out of the week with the same expectations as previously. In Fundamentals, you get access to a knowledgeable professor (even if his idea of communication is less than civil or therapeutic), but once Med Surge I is reached, it seems that the standards are still there, just that the teachers are not required to meet them, but these two will be discussed momentarily.

    The major hallmark to this is the idea of a convenient schedule for students just doesn't exist past a certain point. It acts more of a selling point for the school, but once you're certainly invested, the trap door is closed and you are stuck. There are generally no volunteer experiences (I've had the luck of being in one in my entire three years), no resources that are actually viable and even the environment is that of a rather elitist culture. Or, in more clear terms, a very backhanded, catty culture that is bordered on stereotypical for anyone in a hospitality-based profession.

    About The Staff

    Like any good assessment, it's best to start from the head and end at the toes. Admissions is very polite and they sound very sincere (perhaps they even are), but they are unclear on the lengths one has to go through to actually succeed. It's advertised that you can work and study, but it comes from people who are, unfortunately, lacking firsthand experience as students; they won't outright tell you you may have to quit working to make ends meet, academically. Financial aid, generally good people. They seem to be more on the genuine side than most, just make sure the right questions are asked, otherwise you may not get all the information you need to properly equip yourself for the school. That said, the actual system does buy your ATI books - great! Except a lot of the instructors (in core) model their exams off what's supposed to be supplementary reading, which isn't covered by your financial aid. Perry & Potter? Important, but oop. Not covered. The librarian on the Miami campus is incredible. Very resourceful and very helpful. Not disingenuous and very courteous. Capstone professors are amazing. Gen Ed professors are also amazing, namely mathematics, ethics and critical reasoning, pathophysiology, physiology and anatomy - all of those have great professors. Chemistry, too, even after the former instructor transferred to another position, who was also fantastic. Both academic deans were extremely supportive. Let's discuss core professors; the school imposes some serious academic standards (as per their right to preserve their accreditation, etc.), but the core instructors do not seem to live up to its entirety. Fundamentals has a professor who has leagues of degrees and experience. Great! Except this one does not know how to appropriately speak to his students. He is known for telling even students who shouldn't drop to do so, on top of being disrespectful and rude, enough so that he's developed a reputation of it. He is often times dismissive and very aloof. Med Surge and Pharm professors are not bad people from what can be seen, but they are either disorganized or do not care about their students. They seem to fall into the same trend as early core instructors of looking down on their students without seeing their own faults. Med Surge I professor had an exam - their very first of the entire semester - in which only one passed...with a 78%. Okay, maybe a lot of people did not study or that would be more feasible had the exam not been littered with errors that threw the question off completely. Supposedly, it had been reviewed by faculty, but I would be horrified to think they would let that kind of abomination of a quiz pass without first fixing some very juvenile errors. Clinical instructors are lukewarm. I have had two that were my own, both of which I love and respect (med surge I and fundamentals, respectively), another pair I would have loved to have learned from (both very encouraging from fundamentals and sincere in providing assistance). The others, though - they don't even look remotely interested in being there. One was disrespectful and singled others out, the other just looked like she was forced into being there after awhile. Best of all, Med Surge I professor opened the class up with "they have tried to get a petition to get rid of me, it won't work." If this isn't horrifying enough, then I am shocked. The general education professors seem to be on a very short leash that hinders them as instructors while the leash isn't short enough on core instructors. Even Pharmacology, that professor is likely a very nice person, but does not respond to e-mails even when they are urgent toward your success. I understand being busy, but that is part of their job. I can't speak on the nursing deans as I haven't met them directly; they obviously sound sincere by their notices, but I can only go by the byproducts that still exist within the school and it does not look like quite enough. The school is broken on both a staffing and systematic level, simultaneously - complete with even catty professors and apathetic staff. You can trust the registrar, you can trust your ATI coordinator in fundamentals, but you can't really trust much else.

    Things To Know

    Had I not already gone through so much in the school, I would recommend it, but I can't on good conscience do so.

  3. Anonymous
    Feb 6, 11:36 am by
    Overall: 4.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2018

    My Experience

    I love how small my cohort was and that it was easy to get connected within the school! With it being an accelerated program it's easy to get behind, but with the right work ethics, it's also very easy to succeed!

    About The Staff

    I love the staff. They were all very helpful and really gave their students 110%.

  4. Visit mynameisjeff profile page
    Jun 7, '17, 4:47 pm by
    Overall: 3.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 3 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 3 stars
    Academics: 3 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: LPN-to-BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    I just finished my last nursing core at the school. I still have my proprietorship and exit exam left. Overall, my experience at WCU was not so bad. I worked full and part times throughout my 3 years at the school. I struggled in some classes but most of the classes were not so difficult.

    About The Staff

    They are ok. They perform what they have to perform.

    Things To Know

    If you need some advice message me.

  5. Anonymous
    Jun 6, '17, 9:41 am by
    Overall: 1.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 1 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    WCU has an accelerated BSN program & the term can be completed In only 9 weeks! They claim that they're "AHEAD" of the curve with their fancy mannequins that can do human actions and interactions. However, this is a tactic they use to get students to apply! This is not a place of education, it's a BUSINESS! Don't ignore all those horrible reviews they have online, just look on Yelp & Google! This institution has let a lot of nursing students down and have crashed their hopes and dreams!...all for some Cash, it ain't cheap! Trust me, the people leaving the positive comments about WCU, probably work for the school! The nice and expensive mannequins...the students hardly get to use them! Professors there…..what professors? You will be on your own! Five hours lectures that they don't even bother to teach! They rely completely on a computed ATI system to do everything....& expect students to teach themselves. Honestly, many of us wouldn't be surprised if what recently happened to Devry institute also happens to WCU the way they're heading and treating pupils! It's a business. NURSING SCHOOL should never be treated as a business! We will have people’s lives in our hands! It’s crucial we get proper education! You are never told what mistakes you made, so how do these nurses really know what's right or wrong? Honestly, I would never trust a WCU nurse after attending this school! Go to a school where you will find professors that truly enjoy nursing and care about their students! Also a spacious school….WCU institution is very small. Most of the money goes to the mannequins ( I think prof. Said one eye was $17,000) parking is compacted & far away! Library super small, no cafe. Not enough study room! Please please please! Spend your money somewhere else trust me! You won't regret it! I guarantee it! Love you all my future nurses! We are one voice! Speak up!

    About The Staff

    They do not care about students. Only a business once enrolled

    Things To Know

    Avoid this institution! It will the best decision you ever made!

  6. Anonymous
    Jun 5, '17, 10:58 pm by
    Overall: 1.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 3 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2019
    Focus: Neonatal Intensive Care

    My Experience

    This school is very unprofessional and unorganized. The first term of nursing core was a horrible experience. I had never failed a class until nursing core. My cohort took Fundamentals with the HORRIBLE (MODERATOR EDIT OF NAME - PLEASE DO NOT POST NAMES PER TOS). She never emailed back, she wasted time in class talking about the dress code for 3 hrs rather than teaching, her quizzes had many errors, etc. When it came to one of our last quizzes on wound care everyone full on failed it and nothing was done about that. Then when the final came they changed our testing from blackboard to ati due to students cheating. Well this meant COMPLETELY different question styles all the sudden on our last exam that could cause us to fail or pass the course. Many students failed the ATI final exam because a lot of it was on stuff we were not taught. So they allowed us to retake the final with the original exam. Many students still were not passing due to many issues throughout the 10 weeks. We had asked for a case study like the previous students had been offered because they were failing (NAME EDIT) class too. Three cohorts before mine were struggling exactly like we were. They denied the case study so there was about 48 of us in the class and 20 of us had to retake it. We had to retake it with the same professor, they were setting us up for failure. So now this is a different set of students that I am now in due to failing along with others that failed. Quiz one, many students failed. What did WCU do? They offered these students a case study right away! When they denied us last term a case study in general. Quiz 6 was not even given, it was an easy case study. The other quizzes had the answers within them. The midterm and final were repeats of the quizzes and still had the answers in them. Week 5 they finally (EDIT NAME) gave us another professor who was so much better. But again why did they not do this a long time ago?! Not one student failed this term. Thats how BS this school is. They are unfair, unorganized, unprofessional. I emailed (EDIT NAME) asking if she could reverse my fail due to all the interventions they offered this term and not last term and I had only failed by ONE PERCENT. She denied it. Do not go here.

    About The Staff

    They are unfair and horrible.

  7. Anonymous
    May 24, '17, 2:02 am by
    Overall: 1.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 2 stars
    Experience: 2 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 2 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 2 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online
    Graduation: 2015

    My Experience

    The program is very expensive and accelerated, so you are overloaded and always cramming for exams. It is impossible to do all the assigned reading and you depend on your study guides. There is a lot of curving of scores. All the core classes have an ATI portion which can cause you to get a low grade. A lot of students flunk out before graduation. It is stressful but if you graduate, the NCLEX preparation is very good. Everyone that I know that graduated passed the NCLEX. The NCLEX part is very well organized.

    About The Staff

    There seem to be new administrators and managers every few terms. The instructors try their best but it is very accelerated. The Financial Aid staff seem to be very inexperienced.

    Things To Know

    In my program everyone got clinical assignments and preceptorships, which were really good. Now there is a lottery for actual clinical spots because they have so many more students. If I paid that much money, I would demand clinical positions. My preceptorship helped me get my first job.

  8. Anonymous
    May 23, '17, 12:26 pm by
    Overall: 2.2 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 2 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 3 stars
    Academics: 2 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 2 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online
    Graduation: 2016

    My Experience

    I graduated with honors and breezed through the California NCLEX in 76 questions. The goal of the program is to graduate students who will pass the NCLEX, otherwise students get weeded out prior to graduation but not before they have paid the enormous tuition. The emphasis of the program is on passing the NCLEX, not on deep learning and comprehension. Do you really think you can learn Pediatric Nursing or Pathophysiology in a 7 week, once a week class? To succeed, you must be disciplined and self-motivated and able to commit 100% for the duration of the program.

    About The Staff

    There is constant turnover in all departments.

    Things To Know

    For all its faults, the program graduates BSN-RNs who can find jobs as nurses. I advise anyone considering WCU to look at all their available options before committing to this program.

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