Friday, August 14, 2009

West Coast University

Mission & History

First and foremost is your success.

Their mission at West Coast University is to provide an innovative and challenging learning environment. The curriculum at West Coast University coupled with committed and accomplished faculty will prepare the serious student to enter their chosen profession equipped with life-long critical thinking and analytical skills. They support both the personal and professional development of their students recognizing they will enter an industry – health care – which requires impeccable skills along with the compassion and understanding to care for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

A history of being ahead of the curve.

West Coast University has entered its centennial year in California. For 100 years, West Coast University has been educating and preparing adult students to enter the workforce and make a difference.

Today, West Coast University is the first and only private, proprietary, post secondary institution in the state approved to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing – the coveted BSN. In early 2005, West Coast University became only the second ever college of its kind to be granted a Registered Nursing preparation program by the Board of Registered Nursing – it’s their Associate’s Degree in Nursing program. The approval of both programs is truly a testament to WCU’s quest for and ability to achieve excellence.

WCU was originally charted in 1909 as an ophthalmology school and spent a century growing – adding and updating programs – including being one of the first schools to offer Bachelor’s degree programs for working adults in the 1950’s. In May of 1997, the University was reorganized and new leadership emerged. Their efforts focused on becoming a leader in health care education and attracting top caliber faculty and staff. WCU designed programs to invigorate and excite students so that they enter the workforce with the skills and the confidence to compete with the best and to enjoy a lifetime membership in the health care community.
West Coast University offers attractive, modern and fully equipped campuses in the cities of Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Ontario.

West Coast University offers a focused education. This means their accelerated nursing programs have been streamlined to provide you the most direct path to your degree. And their intensive, hands-on approach to health care education ensures you’ll have the critical thinking, ethical reasoning, leadership, and interpersonal skills required to deliver compassionate care in today’s sophisticated world of medicine.

WCU currently offers the following high-demand healthcare educational programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Everything from gen ed to advanced studies, all completed in a little more than three years.

  • LVN to RN Bridge (ADN) Ready for more responsibility? Take your career to the next level and expand your opportunities.

  • RN to BSN Bridge (BS in Nursing) A Bachelor’s degree will open up a world of opportunity for yourself and your professional nursing career.

  • BS in Dental Hygiene General education, pre-requisites, and dental hygiene studies in less than three years.

Their experienced nursing faculty includes distinguished clinical experts, nursing scholars, and healthcare professionals from a wide range of nursing specialties, and with strong connections to many clinical sites. With an excellent student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll have unparalleled access to Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)-certified nursing professionals—a key element in our success rates.


WCU is an Accredited Member of ACICS.

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is a nongovernmental organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia with offices maintained in the Washington D.C. It is an independent, national, institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The stated mission of ACICS is to recognize educational excellence at independent, nonpublic career schools, colleges, and organizations in the United States and abroad. This is achieved through a deliberate and thorough accreditation process. In addition to rigorous inspection of academic programs, ACICS also looks for ethical business and administrative practices—practices that set and maintain the standards, policies, and procedures that provide the foundation and support for institutional effectiveness.

West Coast University's Associate Degree in Nursing program and Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Programmatic Accreditation

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Coast University (WCU) has started a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and admitted its first group of students in November 2008. The university then became eligible to apply for national nursing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accreditation commission of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The site visit portion of the application occurs April 27-29, 2009.

Bachelor of Science In Dental Hygiene

West Coast University (WCU) will start a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) program, which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The program has been granted the accreditation status of "initial accreditation" and will admit its first class in April 2009. As part of the accreditation process, CODA will return for a site visit when the program is fully operational in October 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing such a informative post. There are lots of online universities and schools. University accreditation and program accreditation plays a major role in selecting best online school.