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BS in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Information

A BSN in just over three years.

If you are looking for a nursing school, or want to know how to become an RN, WCU is the right choice for you.  Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as little as 39 months. Once you have been assigned a start date, you won't have to worry about wait lists to get the classes you need.

BS in Nursing

BSN Program Curriculum

West Coast University's nursing courses help provide students with the knowledge and professional nursing skills necessary to assist patients and clients toward an optimal level of health. The Bachelor of Nursing degree curriculum integrates critical thinking, decision-making, leadership and management techniques with moral, ethical and legal principles associated with providing outstanding care in a clinical setting. Students practice in both acute and long-term care facilities as well as in community settings.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for nursing positions across a wide spectrum of interests, including:

  • Pediatrics
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Community Health
  • Home Care Nursing

Demand for Nurses

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics project there will be continued demand in the labor market for nurses.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition


Continuing Education

After graduation, WCU supports its graduates by providing them ongoing discounted CEs and a complimentary membership to our partner company Contemporary Forums.

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Program Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide evidence-based and innovative nursing education to culturally diverse learners; preparing nurses to provide quality and compassionate care responsive to the needs of the community and the global society.

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the College of Nursing is that education is a continuous process occurring in phases throughout an individual's lifetime. Nurses are lifelong learners and critical thinkers.

Program Learning Outcomes

West Coast University has established the following Program Learning Outcomes, which flow directly from the College of Nursing's mission and philosophy. In short, this is what you, as a student of WCU's nursing program, can expect to have learned when you graduate.

  1. Support professional nursing practice decisions with concepts and theories from the biological, physical and social sciences.
  2. Plan preventive and population focused interventions with attention to effectiveness, efficiency, cost, and equity. 
  3. Support therapeutic nursing interventions for patients and families in a variety of healthcare and community settings using evidence based practice.
  4. Apply nursing process and critical thinking when providing holistic, patient centered nursing care to diverse populations.
  5. Design health care education for individuals, families, and communities.
  6. Comply with the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct in practice.
  7. Develop an effective communication style to interact with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary health team.
  8. Model leadership with providing safe, quality nursing care; coordinating the healthcare team; and when tasked with oversight and accountability for care delivery.
  9. Use patient care technology and information systems when providing nursing care in a variety of settings.
Program Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program must:

  1. Submit a completed WCU application for admissions;
  2. Participate in an admissions interview arranged by a University admissions advisor;
  3. Submit WCU approved documentation of high school graduation or equivalent; (Please Note: Foreign high school diplomas/credentials or their equivalent must have an official evaluation performed by an approved organization)
  4. Complete an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age);
  5. Meet program specific entrance requirements;
    1. Submit all postsecondary transcripts:
      1. Applicants with 18 or more postsecondary credits, from institution recognized by an accreditation body approved by the U.S. Department of Education, will be evaluated on their cumulative grade point average.
      2. Applicants with fewer than 18 postsecondary credits, from institution recognized by an accreditation body approved by the U.S. Department of Education will be
        evaluated based on their high school cumulative grade point average.
    2. Applicants to the LVN-BSN program must provide proof of current unobstructed licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).
    3. Must achieve an acceptable composite score based on entrance examination and cumulative GPA requirements defined as follows:
      1. Applicants with a composite score of 8 or above will be admitted to the university
      2. Applicants with a composite score of between 2 to 7 will be conditionally admitted to the university.
        1. Students who are conditionally admitted must achieve a composite score of 58.7% on the TEAS V examination to be allowed entrance into Nursing (NURS) core courses. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed to register for NURS courses and will be dismissed from the
      3. Applicants with a composite score of 1 or below will be denied admissions to the university.
      4. Any applicant with an entrance examination score or Cumulative GPA requirement below the requirement noted in the tables below will be denied admissions.

Note: the previous requirements apply for all students applying for admission to the LVN-BSN and BSN programs with a potential start date of  the Spring II Term (April 5, 2015) and thereafter.


Composite Score:
8 +Admitted
2 to 7Admitted with Conditios
<2Denied Enrollment
A student scoring less than a 76 on the HESI or with a GPA of less than a 2.0 will be denied admission to the University.


Entrance Exam-Point Value:
Admissions Denied Below Point


Applicants will have a maximum of two attempts to successfully pass the HESI admissions exam. If an applicant does not pass the admissions exam after two attempts, he or she must wait a period of six (6) months to retest and must provide proof of remediation. WCU only collects Verbal and Quantitative scores for SAT and ACT. HESI exam scores must be within 3 years of enrollment date. TEAS exam scores must be within 1 year of enrollment date.


Cuulative GPA - Point Value
Admissions Denied Below 2.0


Postsecondary Transcripts

Effective for all students applying for admission to the LVN-BSN and BSN programs with a potential start date of  the Spring II Term (April 5, 2015) and thereafter, the following requirements apply:

All applicants are required to submit all official postsecondary transcripts by the first day of the term in order to be admitted to the university. 

Applicants who submit their unofficial transcripts prior to the first day of the term may be conditionally admitted and must submit all official transcripts by the end of the first term of instruction.  

If official transcripts are not received by this stated deadline or if the official transcripts are submitted and it is found that the student did not meet the academic performance requirements as was demonstrated on the unofficial transcripts, the individual would be dismissed, all state and federal Title IV funds will be returned and the student would be financially responsible for all tuition charges incurred. 

An applicant whose transcripts are unavailable (including foreign applicants without a grade point average, or individuals with a high school equivalency) will receive a 3-point value toward program admission, similar to an individual with a 2.25 cumulative grade point average.

Transfer credit will not be awarded based on unofficial transcripts and all students will be scheduled for their first semester of courses based on unofficial transfer credit review. Financial packaging will be estimated without transfer credit unless/until official transcripts are received and evaluated during the payment period or period of enrollment.




Program Information Disclosure

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing program at West Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791. The Baccalaureate program is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  Licensure/registration is required to work as a Registered Nurse in California. For information on the licensing exam pass rates, visit:


Occupational Profiles
Occupation Titles SOC Codes Links to Occupational Profiles on O*Net
Registered Nurse (RN), Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse), Staff Nurse,Charge Nurse, Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Relief Charge Nurse,Cardiac Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse), Coronary Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse) 29-1141
Acute Care Nurses, Nurse Manager, Nursing Director, Progressive Care Unit Registered Nurse 29-1141
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse 29-1141
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), Intensive Care Unit Nurse,Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse, Burn Center Nurse 29-1141
  State Average Salary Information from EDD
State average salary information can be found in the California Occupational Guide section on the Employment Development Department (CA) website. Full descriptions can be found at:


Program Rates
On-time Completion Rate Retention Rate Placement Rate Pass Rate
University-Wide Los Angeles Orange County Ontario Dallas Los Angeles Orange County Ontario Dallas Los Angeles Orange County Ontario Dallas
98.6% 88.4% 90.0% 90.4% 97.7% 64.6% 68.0% 66.9% N/A 86.2% 86.9% 72.0% N/A

On-time Completion Rate (as defined in 34 CFR 668.6 (c)).  This number is based on the students who graduated during the award year, and did so within "normal time." Normal time is based on the published length of the program in the catalog. This rate is not reflective of the overall completion rate of the program. Normal time may be affected by scheduling changes, failed courses or extended clinical rotations.

Retention Rate is calculated from the difference of the total enrollment during the reporting period and the total enrollments that withdrew from the institution during the reporting year, divided by the total enrollment during the reporting period.

Placement Rate is based on the calculation required by WCU's former accrediting body, ACICS.  ACICS defines placement rates as the number of graduates who complete the program within 150% of scheduled time, during the reporting period, who were available for employment, and found a job in their field of training. ACICS requires reporting on a per campus basis.

*Pass Rate is the percentage of pre-licensure graduates who have passed the required licensure examination(s) as program objectives in their academic training.  *NURSING (BSN and LVN to BSN) | Pass Rates were obtained from the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), based on all WCU graduates who took the NCLEX for the first time between July 1st and June 30th during there porting period, regardless of when they graduated. The BRN Pass Rates for BSN students includes the LVN to BSN students. 


Program Costs*
Tuition $126,000
Fees $75
Books + Shipping $6,278
Uniforms and Equipment $1,335
Program Cost is the tuition and fees charged for the program. Also included are estimated costs for books, uniforms, equipment, and estimated book shipping costs. This is the estimated cost to complete the program.
*Tuition fees may change from year to year.
Median Loan Debt
Title IV Loan Debt $43,567
Private Loan Educational Debt $43,507
Institutional Financing Plan Debt $0
Median Loan Debt is the median debt incurred through Title IV HEA loans and other private financing sources by students who complete the program.  

The tuition stated above reflects tuition rates during the reporting year (2009/2010) NOT current tuition. To review the terms and definitions for the chart above, or to see the outcome information for WCU's other programs, and to view state disclosure information, click here.

The BS in Nursing program is available at the following campuses:

Dallas Dallas Campus
8435 N. Stemmons Freeway • Dallas, TX 75247

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Los Angeles Los Angeles Campus
12215 Victory Boulevard • North Hollywood, CA 91606
The Los Angeles Campus is conveniently located northwest of downtown Los Angeles, easily accessible from Highway 170.

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Ontario Ontario Campus
2855 E. Guasti Rd. • Ontario, CA 91761
The Ontario Campus is easily accessible from the Interstate 10.

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Orange County Orange County Campus
1477 S. Manchester Ave. • Anaheim, CA 92802
The Orange County campus is conveniently located near the I-5 freeway.

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