8 Reviews on West Coast University (WCU) College of Nursing

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  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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