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Accreditation

Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency.

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Accreditation

What is Accreditation?

The mark of a solid foundation, accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency. It can be an important factor—both for students selecting a school, and for employers deciding which graduates to hire.

The accreditation process serves to engage peers within the higher education community to assess and suggest enhancements of the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement and to provide for public accountability and transparency.

Accreditation is a deliberate, thorough and voluntary process. Accrediting agencies assess compliance with their published academic and administrative standards and look for a continuous commitment to striving for excellence by the institutions they accredit.

For students, parents, and employers, nursing accreditation serves as an indicator that an institution is committed to delivering a quality education by providing an external and objective endorsement of instructional quality.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT WEST COAST UNIVERSITY

The transferability of credits you earn at West Coast University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree earned at West Coast University is also at the complete discretion of the accepting institution. If the credits or degree that is earned at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which transfer is sought, the accepting

institution may require the student to repeat some or all coursework at their institution. For this reason, students should make certain that attendance at this institution meets their educational goals, regardless of transferability of credit. Students are advised to contact an institution to which they may seek to transfer after attending West Coast University to determine if West Coast University credits, degrees, diplomas or certificates will transfer.

West Coast University Accreditation

WCU's accreditation serves as the seal of approval for a quality education. It indicates that have fulfilled the rigorous standards put forth by an accrediting agency. WCU has both regional and programmatic accreditations.

Institutional Accreditation

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

985 Atlantic Avenue, #100
Alameda, California 94501
510-748-9001
www.wscuc.org

Programmatic Accreditation

Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing

The Baccalaureate and Master's Programs in Nursing at all campuses are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476
www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE/reports/accprog.asp 

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500
http://www.ada.org/117.aspx

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

The entry-level MSOT Program at WCU received accreditation in December 11, 2014 from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-2682, and their web address is Acoteonline.org. Program graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate

West Coast University’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. Upon receiving full accreditation, this program’s graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Inc. An individual will be considered an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) following successful completion of the abovementioned exam. Though most states require licensure in order to practice, the state licenses are usually contingent on successful passage of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination as well as eligibility to obtain state licensure. For further questions, one may reach ACOTE by phone c/o AOTA, at (301) 652-AOTA. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be reached at www.nbcot.org.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx.

Doctor of Pharmacy

West Coast University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603-3410
Phone: (312) 664-3575
Fax: (866) 228-2631
www.acpe-accredit.org

Additional Approvals

California Board of Registered Nursing Approval

West Coast University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and LVN to BSN track are approved in California through the California Board of Registered Nursing located at:
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-1924
Phone: (916) 322-3350
(916) 322-1700 (TDD)
www.rn.ca.gov

Florida Board of Nursing Approval

West Coast University’s nursing programs have been granted approval from the Florida Board of Nursing.

Florida Department of Health
Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin C-02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252
Phone: (850) 245-4125 
http://floridasnursing.gov/

Texas Board of Nursing Approval

West Coast University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and LVN to BSN track are approved in Texas through the Texas Board of Nursing located at:

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400
Fax: (512) 305-7401
http://www.bon.texas.gov/