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Associate Degree in Nursing

At WCU, receive a hands-on education that lets you earn your ADN degree in as little as 20 months — that’s less than two years!

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ADN Program Highlights

<p>Earn your associate nursing degree in as few as 20 months</p>

Earn your associate nursing degree in as few as 20 months

<p>With no waitlist, you can start your ADN degree now and begin making a difference sooner</p>

With no waitlist, you can start your ADN degree now and begin making a difference sooner

<p>Practice in technologically advanced simulations and skill labs to help master techniques and build confidence before you start your career</p>

Practice in technologically advanced simulations and skill labs to help master techniques and build confidence before you start your career

<p>Get help preparing for your licensure exam with tutoring and one-on-one counseling</p>

Get help preparing for your licensure exam with tutoring and one-on-one counseling

<p>Multiple starts throughout the year — classes begin every 10 weeks</p>

Multiple starts throughout the year — classes begin every 10 weeks

<p>West Coast University is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission </p>

West Coast University is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission 

Student Life at WCU

Join a diverse community of passionate, dedicated individuals at WCU.  With a culture that feels like a family, you will have all the support you need to be the best you can be. Join a study group to learn from your classmates or get some guidance through peer tutoring sessions. WCU’s class sizes grant you the opportunity to get to know your professors and get insight into the healthcare industry. Find a community that helps you build on your strengths and reach your academic goals.

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Additional Information About our ADN Degree

Clinical Experience

When you earn your associate degree in nursing, you gain real-life clinical experience to prepare you for the real world. West Coast University has a diverse range of clinical partners so you can gain experience at a local facility.

Community Outreach

WCU offers a variety of ways for ADN program 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. 

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 70 clinical sites in Florida
  • Graduate in as little as 20 months. Our concentrated ADN 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

Associate degree nursing education provides the basic education necessary to become a registered nurse. ADN program 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.

Graduates of the Associated Degree in Nursing (ADN) program may pursue a variety of specialties as registered nurses, including:1

  • Addiction Nurse 
  • Cardiovascular Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Genetics Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Nephrology Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN)
  • Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses

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.

How Much Does The Associate Degree in Nursing Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Associate Degree in Nursing tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the Associate Degree in Nursing program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Associate Degree in Nursing

Degree Type Associate Degree
Total Program Credits 67
Program Length(Full-Time) 4 semesters
General Education Courses (per credit x 27 credits) $599
Core Courses (per credit x. 40 credits) (nursing) $799
Total Tuition Costs $48,133
Registration Fee (refundable) $75
Estimated Total Book Costs1 $2,838
Estimated Total Book Shipping Cost1 $284
Estimate for Uniforms Fee1 $130
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees1 $1,945
Technology Fee2 ($100 per semester) $400
General Education Resource Fee3 $775
Estimated Total Program Costs $54,580

1 The Estimated Book, Uniform, and Supply fees reflect the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price totals compiled in January 2022 and are subject to change.

2 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

3 The General Education Resource Fee includes costs associated with FYS 001, First Year Seminar and ATI Smart Prep materials. The General Education Resource Fee will be waived for Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

Note 1: Students who wish to take Challenge Exams will be subject to a fee of $100 for each Challenge exam. Please see the campus Bursar Office for a full price listing.

Note 2: Course Audits - If a course(s) is being audited. Credits for these courses will be included for the student's schedule status for billing, based on the schedule statuses and amounts shown above. Pre-licensure Nursing students should refer to the program's Dismissal Policy for information surrounding course auditing.

FAQs
Does an ADN make you an RN?

An ADN does not necessarily make you an RN, but an ADN program can prepare you to become an RN. An ADN is a degree program that qualifies you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Upon passing, you will receive your state-accredited RN license.

How long does it take to become a ADN?

Our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program offers an accelerated program pace for you to earn your ADN in as little as 20 months.

Can ADN nurses travel?

Generally, the minimum requirement to be a travel nurse is an RN license which can be attained with an ADN and passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

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