West Coast University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs designed to accommodate qualified students who are seeking to begin or to further a career in nursing, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, health administration and physical therapy.

West Coast University is a university accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission to award Bachelor's and Master's degrees.


Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as 39 months, without an LVN license. Once you have been assigned a start date, you won't have to worry about wait lists to get the classes you need. Prerequisites are included in the program. Graduates are prepared for nursing positions across a wide spectrum of interests including pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, community health and home care nursing.

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Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN - Online

Tailored for the working RN, the RN to BSN online program is designed to be completed in as little as 12 months—and our streamlined curriculum allows up to 84 transfer credit hours. Your experience counts with WCU online—be sure to ask how both the education you've completed and your experience in the field can apply toward your degree. Classes start every 8 weeks.

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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to BSN

This program focuses on the skills and experiences nurses bring to the educational setting. The curriculum includes required general education coursework as well as nursing courses designed to develop leadership and management skills for the nursing professional. The program allows licensed vocational nurses to earn their BSN and meet the requirements for an RN license in as little as 34 months. Once you have been assigned a start date, you won't have to worry about wait lists to get the classes you need.

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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

West Coast University's Orange County campus is home to our Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, the first in Orange County and one of only six in California. WCU's program has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Students have the opportunity to learn the skills of a dental hygienist in WCU's simulation lab. After several months of working and being tested in the simulation lab, students care for patients at WCU's on-site clinic that provides free dental hygiene services to the community.

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Graduate Programs

Master of Health Administration - Online

West Coast University's 12-month Master of Health Administration program has been carefully designed to meet the core competencies identified by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) in a survey of 100,000 executives in the healthcare industry. Graduates can expect to find career opportunities in a wide variety of healthcare-related positions in mid-level management in hospitals and healthcare support companies.

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Registered Nurse (RN) to MSN - Online

This program offers working RNs the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree. RNs have the opportunity to move directly to the MSN degree, without the need to complete a BSN. The RN to MSN online program is designed to be completed in 24 months—and offers a streamlined curriculum allowing up to 90 transfer credit hours. Your experience counts with WCU online—be sure to ask how both the education you've completed and your experience in the field can apply toward your degree. Classes start every 8 weeks.

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Master of Science in Nursing-Advanced Generalist - Online

This 36-credit program takes your education to another level, preparing you for more challenging career options in administrative or higher education teaching roles. The MSN-Advanced Generalist program is designed to be completed in as little as 24 months with courses delivered online. The program includes Practice Experience and has multiple starts per year.

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Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Informatics - Online

This 24-month program helps prepare students for a career in the development and management of healthcare information technology, incorporating the tools and skills to design and improve the use of informatics into practice, education, administration and research.

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Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Educator - Online

This program prepares students to take an active role in designing, implementing and evaluating educational programs that facilitate the learning of nursing students and colleagues in the service setting, as well as other health professionals and patients.

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Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner - Online

The WCU Master of Science in Nursing degree - Family Nurse Practitioner track has been developed to help you take your career to the next level. This 53-credit program can be completed in as little as 36 months and has one start per year. The MSN core courses are delivered online and followed by FNP specialty courses that are offered in a bookend format (attend the first and last class of each term at the Los Angeles campus and complete the balance of the curriculum online). The program also includes 650 Precepted Clinical hours.

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

West Coast University is offering a concentrated, full-time, two-year program dedicated to the education of proficient, entry-level occupational therapy generalists. Students are engaged in a lively environment that harnesses the full power of advanced technology. Every aspect of the program occurs face to face -- with no online component. Graduates are prepared to have an understanding of the ethical standards and legal requirements expected of an occupational therapist.

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The 120 credit, 32 month occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program derives from a practice-scholar model emphasizing the integration of scholarly knowledge in professional practice. The culminating project and attendant doctoral courses aim to facilitate the student's personal growth of reflective practice skills and lifelong learning for an extensively prepared entry into the profession of occupational therapy. Going beyond the generalist requirements of a master’s level program, the doctoral coursework for WCU's Doctor of Occupational Therapy program provides the student with a deepened engagement with practice skills, innovation, occupational therapy and occupational science theory, and research thereby building a solid foundation for future leadership and advocacy within occupational therapy and the workplace.

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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Leveraging innovative learning strategies, West Coast University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program places experience and collaboration at the cornerstone of student achievement. Classroom theory comes alive with a progression of dynamic clinical experiences. At approved clinical sites and in simulated training, students work with and under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Three end of program clinical internships will develop skills learned in the classroom and lab and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they embark upon their career.

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Doctor of Pharmacy

West Coast University's School of Pharmacy offers a traditional 4 year degree program, providing an educational experience that combines hands-on practical experience with rigorous academic coursework. This will allow the student to reinforce the theoretical framework and concepts with practical hands-on experience from the outset. Additionally, our program provides interprofessional education, allowing for integration within a variety of healthcare professions. This approach allows a wider breadth of understanding the interconnectedness of pharmacy within the entire healthcare field.

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