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Institutional & Programmatic Accreditation

Institutional & Programmatic Accreditation

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.wascsenior.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.

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/

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