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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Information

A BSN in just over three years.

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

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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. Pass the HESI admission test with a minimum score of 80% overall (scores 79.5% and higher will be rounded up to 80%); OR
  2. Demonstrate passage of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum overall score of 58.7%; OR
  3. Provide proof of a minimum composite SAT score of 1000 on the older version or 1500 on the current version of the SAT with Essay; OR
  4. Provide proof of a minimum composite ACT score of 20.

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.

Orange County Campus (Only)
Applicants need to demonstrate a minimum prior academic performance of 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) to be admitted. This criterion may be met in one of two ways:

  1. Applicants submit their prior coursework for evaluation under the following conditions:
    1. Applicants who have accumulated 18 or more college-level credits will be evaluated on the basis of their college-level academic cumulative grade point average and only proof of high school graduation is required;  For those who have accumulated fewer than 18 college-level credits, or
    2. Applicants who have accumulated fewer than 18 college-level credits, the 2.25 CGPA is evaluated based on their high school academic performance.
  1. Any prospective student who earned a GED and has not earned 18 college credits will have one attempt to pass the TEAS V examination as a condition of admission with a minimum passing score of 58.7%.  If the prospective student does not pass the TEAS V, he or she will be denied admission. Proof of GED is required, in addition to official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Applicants will be required to submit ALL postsecondary transcripts no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled term start.  It is imperative that all postsecondary transcripts are received prior to this deadline, as the University will only evaluate coursework received before this deadline. 

Failure to disclose previous education may result in dismissal from the program and/or university. 

Must be 18 years of age prior to clinical rotations.

Applicants to the Los Angeles and Ontario campuses (April/Spring II 2015 Term and thereafter)
Applicants to the Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs (BSN) are required to demonstrate a minimum prior academic performance of 2.25 cumulative grade point average to be admitted.  

Applicants will be evaluated in one of two ways:

  1. Applicants with 18 or more postsecondary credits will be evaluated on their cumulative grade point average and proof of high school graduation. 
  2. Applicants with fewer than 18 postsecondary credits will be evaluated based on their high school performance.

An applicant whose transcripts are unavailable (including foreign applicants without a grade point average, or individuals with a GED) will be required to take the TEAS V and receive a score of 58.7 or higher in order to be admitted to the university.

Transcript Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs must submit all postsecondary transcripts to be eligible for acceptance. All postsecondary transcripts will be used for evaluation purposes in determining the appropriate level of NCLEX assistance required.

  • Applicants with 18 or more postsecondary credits will be required to submit (i) all postsecondary transcripts and (ii) proof of high school graduation.
  • Applicants with fewer than 18 postsecondary credits will be required to submit (i) all postsecondary transcripts and (ii) official high school transcripts.

Applicants will be required to submit all postsecondary transcripts no later than 5:00pm on the Friday two weeks prior to the scheduled term start. The university will only evaluate coursework received before this deadline.

Applicants unable to meet the deadline for submission of transcripts may refer to the Exception Policy located in the University catalog. Exceptions will be considered under mitigating circumstances.

Must be 18 years of age prior to clinical rotations.

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: http://www.rn.ca.gov/schools/passrates.shtml.

 

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 www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1141.00
Acute Care Nurses, Nurse Manager, Nursing Director, Progressive Care Unit Registered Nurse 29-1141 www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1141.01
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse 29-1141 www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1141.02
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), Intensive Care Unit Nurse,Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse, Burn Center Nurse 29-1141 www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1141.03
  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: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/occguides/Search.aspx

 

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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