Update 1/15/2021

Dear CA BSN Student,

At a time when healthcare professionals are more critically needed than ever, the career you have chosen clearly impacts lives. It is our mission and priority to ensure that your health and safety is first and foremost, especially during this crisis. We continue to advocate on your behalf and are excited to share some great news.

The California Board of Registered Nursing and the California Department of Public Health have agreed that nursing students are part of Phase 1a and are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those working in acute care or nursing facilities should be prioritized to Tier 1. During your clinical experience, WCU students may be directly treating patients that have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

To obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, choose the most appropriate option below:

  • Local Health Departments:
    • You may contact your local health department and inform them that you are a nursing student at West Coast University and thus you should be eligible to receive the vaccination. 
    • Each student will need to provide a letter from the program (attached) and/or show your school ID.
    • Complete and print the “Community Site-Student Vaccination Support Letter.”
    • Please save proof of your vaccination for future uploading into the Complio system.

If you are a student currently in a Clinical Site rotation

    • Complete the “Clinical Rotation Site-Student Vaccination Support Letter.”
    • Print and provide this document to your faculty member at your next scheduled clinical.
    • The faculty member (not the student) will coordinate your vaccination efforts with the clinical partner.
      • NOTE: Students are NOT to contact the clinical site requesting vaccinations – this must be coordinated through your clinical faculty member.
      • NOTE: Due to the supply and demand of the vaccine, not all clinical partners will be able to provide student vaccinations.
    • If you are unable to obtain a vaccination through the clinical partner, please refer to the first option and contact your local health department.
    • Please save proof of your vaccination for future uploading into the Complio system.

Thank you for your commitment to becoming the next generation of healthcare heroes and serving your community.

The Campus Nursing Leadership Team

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or position of the school or of any instructor or student.