Program Highlights

  • Earn your degree in as few as 20 months at the accelerated program pace
  • With no waitlist, you can start your degree now and begin making a difference sooner.
  • Practice in technologically advanced simulations and skill labs to help master techniques and build confidence before you start your career
  • Make an immediate impact once you become a nurse with experience from our 1000+ clinical partner locations in Texas, Florida, and California
  • Get help preparing for your licensure exam with tutoring and one-on-one counseling
  • Multiple starts throughout the year — classes begin every 10 weeks
  • West Coast University is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and its nursing programs are programmatically accredited by CCNE

West Coast University associate degree program is pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Dr. Jennifer Chicca (, Senior Manager.

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Associate Degree in Nursing

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Clinical Experience

Where you earn your Associate’s Degree in Nursing—and where you do your clinical rotations—can make a real difference. West Coast University has 1,000+ clinical partners nationwide, so we’re able to draw on a diverse set of site options in assigning your clinical placement.

Community Outreach

WCU offers a variety of ways for ADN students to make a difference in the community while they learn. From community health to providing aid to patients at home and abroad — you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference from day one.

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University offers dedicated support from the moment you step onto campus to beyond graduation.

Through our Career Services Department, we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to support our students’ prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success.

Our "student-centric" philosophy offers you several advantages:

  • No Waitlists! Once you have been assigned a start date, you won't have to worry about waitlists to get the classes you need.
  • Multiple starts throughout the year – classes begin every 10 weeks.
  • Gain real-life experience at WCU in our technologically advanced Simulation Center - from routine events to crisis situations—learn the “nursing process” and enhance your critical thinking skills
  • Develop hands-on experience at one of our 1,000 clinical sites across Texas, Florida and California and get the chance to help real patients
  • Graduate in as little as 34 months. Our concentrated curriculum will help you stay on track with your career goals.
  • Scholarships available- accepting applications for both merit-based and needs-based scholarships — see what you might qualify for.
  • Volunteer with community outreach opportunities
  • West Coast University is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and its nursing programs are programmatically accredited by CCNE

What is nursing school accreditation?

An accredited learning institution is regularly assessed to ensure that its programs meet or exceed standards set by an independent review board.

Is West Coast University an accredited nursing school?

West Coast University is institutionally accredited and its nursing programs are programmatically accredited.

Who accredits nursing programs at West Coast University?

Institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

The University's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Why is Accreditation important for a nursing school?

Accreditation is designed to ensure that a school adheres to high education standards. This is particularly important when transferring credits or applying to graduate programs. It enhances your resume and helps when applying for jobs.

Associate degree nursing education provides the basic education necessary to become a registered nurse. Graduates are eligible to sit for NCLEX-RN licensing examination and, if licensed, may practice in structured care settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and offices.

Associate degree nursing education incorporates nursing knowledge, knowledge of key biological and social sciences, and study of the humanities.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program may pursue nursing positions such as:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse)
  • Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse)
  • Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN)
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN)
  • School Nurse, Staff Nurse, or Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)

Students must have a Bachelor's degree or higher and a full acceptance score in at least one of the following: TEAS, HESI, ACT or SAT to be admitted into the program.


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