2016 Students Stories

WCU Hosts December 2016 Hooding for MSOT Graduates

Congratulations to West Coast University master of science in occupational therapy graduates who celebrated their hooding ceremony on Dec. 2. Graduate Hannah Lee... Read more

WCU-Dallas Celebrates Fall Commencement 2016

More than 90 graduates crossed the Plano Centre stage during the fall commencement ceremony for West Coast University-Dallas this November. Nursing graduate Megan... Read more

WCU-Dallas Celebrates November 2016 BSN Pinning

More than 19 West Coast University-Dallas graduates received their pins at the November 2016 ceremony. Congratulations to our Dallas graduates! Read more

West Coast University's Jennyfer Oh Wins PT Scholarship

A West Coast University doctoral candidate is among six students nationwide to win a conference scholarship for physical therapy students, Kaiser Permanente announced... Read more

WCU-OC Dental Hygiene Hosts 25 Graduates at November 2016 Pinning

West Coast University-Orange County honored 25 dental hygiene graduates at their November 2016 pinning ceremony. Dental Hygiene graduate Bailey Cruthird sang the... Read more

WCU-Los Angeles Celebrates November 2016 Pinning

Nearly 100 graduates from West Coast University-Los Angeles celebrated on Nov. 10 their pinning at the Sportsman Lodge in Los Angeles. Ninety-seven graduates received... Read more

WCU-Ontario Holds November 2016 BSN Pinning

Congratulations to our West Coast University-Ontario graduates! Nearly 100 graduates celebrated their pinning ceremony in November at the Victoria Gardens Cultural... Read more

WCU-OC Honors November 2016 BSN Graduates

One of the largest classes to date celebrated their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) pinning at West Coast University-Orange County in November. More than 600... Read more

WCU-Miami Celebrates Inaugural Cohort Pinning

West Coast University-Miami celebrated their inaugural cohort's pinning in October. The first six graduates of WCU-Miami are now offically registered nurses as each... Read more

MSN and MHA Graduates Recognized at November 2016 Hooding Ceremony

West Coast University celebrated on Nov. 11 the master of science in nursing and master of health administration hooding ceremony at the Center for Graduate Studies... Read more

WCU Dental Hygiene Pinning September 2016

Congratulations to our West Coast University- Orange County Dental Hygiene graduates! Graduates from the WCU-OC C-17 cohort gathered to celebrate their accomplishments... Read more

Interprofessional Education Day 2016 Highlights Collaboration Between All WCU Programs

West Coast University campuses celebrated Interprofessional Education during IPE Week this October. All six campuses encouraged students to learn more about the... Read more

WCU PharmD Students Making an Impact in Community

In celebration of American Pharmacist month, we wanted to recognize our West Coast University’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students who have made impacts... Read more

WCU Students and Faculty Give Back to the Community During Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month as well as the Physicial Therapy Day of Service, which was Oct. 15. In recognition of our students and associates, we... Read more

WCU's Family Nurse Practitioner Cohort Gets Hands On

West Coast University's Family Nurse Practitioner cohort participated in their first on-site intensives at the WCU-Center for Graduate Studies this past weekend.... Read more

WCU-OC Honors 78 BSN Grads at September 2016 Event

Approximately 78 West Coast University-Orange County graduates participated in September's BSN pinning ceremony. Ethan Norj was chosen as the cohort speaker. Melissa... Read more

40 BSN Grads Take Nurses Oath at WCU-Dallas Ceremony

More than 40 new BSN grads received their nursing pin from West Coast University-Dallas during a ceremony this September. BSN grad Logan Hale, a former combat medic... Read more

Delta Tau Chapter Holds First Induction Ceremony for MSOT Honor Society

The Center for Graduate Studies hosted the first induction ceremony for West Coast University's masters of occupational therapy honor society this September. "This... Read more

Career Services Offers WCU-OC Students a Cool 'P.O.P.'


Career Services at West Coast University-Orange County hosted an end-of-summer student appreciation event called "POP in for a popsicle" in early September. Besides... Read more

Marriage Proposal Caps WCU-Ontario Pinning Ceremony

At West Coast University-Ontario's pinning ceremony in September, one BSN graduate experienced a ringing sensation after the event — on her finger, that is. WCU-Ontario... Read more

WCU-Miami Refuels Campus at ‘Coffee and Careers’ Event

At West Coast University-Miami's recent "Coffee and Careers" event, BSN students got a chance to learn about what services are available on campus and explore their... Read more

WCU-LA Salutes 70 New BSN Grads in September 2016

Nearly 80 BSN graduates received their nursing pin from West Coast University-Los Angeles at a ceremony this September. "We were lucky to have Association of California... Read more

Global Public Health Takes First BSN Cohort to Korea

In partnership with CHA University, West Coast University took its Global Public Health program to South Korea for the first time. WCU students had the opportunity... Read more

Student Affairs Hands Out 1,200 Cookies at WCU-LA

Everyone knows a cookie can help you get through tough times. That's why the Student Affairs staff in late August gave out 1,200 Mrs. Fields cookies to help West... Read more

WCU Student Spotlight: Jade Wilia

Incoming students always ask the same questions. "They're always wondering about the classes, about grades, about the professors, how the classes are going to be,... Read more

'Green' WCU MSOT Cohort Has 100% Graduation Rate

West Coast University's master of science in occupational therapy program is on a roll. Like the previous two graduating classes, the July cohort achieved 100 percent... Read more

WCU-Ontario Holds 'Stress Release Day' After Midterms

More than 200 West Coast University-Ontario students stopped by the lobby on Stress Release Day to refuel and reset after midterms this July. WCU-Ontario Student... Read more

WCU-Miami Joins Global Public Health For Panama 2016

For the first time ever, West Coast University students from the Miami campus traveled with the Global Health Program for a two-week visit to the hospitals and clinics... Read more

WCU-Dallas Celebrates Pinning of 34 BSN Graduates

Kendra Softly is confident that when she begins her nursing residency, she will be ready to serve the veteran population of north Texas. But first, she wanted to... Read more

WCU's PharmD Class of 2020 Gets Eye-Opening Preview


On a recent Saturday in July, 21 future and prospective West Coast University doctorate of pharmacy students got a good look at what’s ahead of them for the... Read more

WCU-LA June 2016 BSN Pinning is 'Picture' Perfect

Each West Coast University nursing cohort leaves behind indelible memories after they move on. The WCU-Los Angeles BSN class that graduated in June 2016 took it... Read more

WCU Student Spotlight: Rosmery Santana

When Rosmery Santana first considered a career in medicine, she wanted to be a doctor. A few members in her family were doctors — including her sister in Cuba... Read more

WCU-Dallas Statement on Small Fire

Good afternoon West Coast University-Dallas students and associates, Yesterday evening, a microwave in the student break room appeared to have an electrical shortage,... Read more

WCU-Orange County Celebrates July 2016 BSN Pinning

Approximately 80 BSN graduates participated at the West Coast University-Orange County pinning in July 2016. The class speaker was Kayla Redivo. WCU-OC students... Read more

WCU-Ontario Helps Welcome 65 New Nurses at June 2016 BSN Pinning Ceremony

The West Coast University-Ontario campus hosted a pinning ceremony for the April bachelor of science in nursing cohort on June 24, 2016. "The pinning ceremony is... Read more

88 New Students Attend Orientation Day at WCU-Ontario

More than 80 new nursing students took their first step towards a career in healthcare at West Coast University-Ontario's orientation day. WCU-Ontario Student Affairs... Read more

WCU Dental Hygiene Faculty, Students Win at ADHA

West Coast University continues to be a national leader in student and faculty research, taking home three awards from the 2016 American Dental Hygienists’... Read more

1,100 Grads Walk at WCU Commencement Summer 2016

More than 1,100 West Coast University graduates plus approximately 10,000 friends and family filled Citizens Business Bank Arena this weekend for WCU's Summer 2016... Read more

86 Grads Walk at WCU-OC's May 2016 BSN Pinning

Eighty-six new graduates celebrating completing the BSN program during a May pinning ceremony for West Coast University-Orange County. "I'm excited to finally be... Read more

WCU MSOT Student Wins First Place at Product Design Competition for Invention

Susie Haroutounian has always wanted to help people — she just didn't plan on inventing something to do it. The West Coast University masters of science in... Read more

WCU Student Spotlight: Michele O'Neal

Like many Americans, Michele O'Neal found herself joining the military after the 9/11 attacks. O'Neal had wanted to enlist previously, but after graduating high... Read more

WCU Dental Hygiene Students Win Second Place at State Competition


West Coast University student research teams took second prize at the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA) competition in May. "West Coast University... Read more

11 Recruiters Attend WCU-Dallas Spring 2016 Career Fair

Approximately 120 West Coast University-Dallas students and graduates attended a recent career fair, meeting with recruiters from some of the largest healthcare... Read more

Graduating WCU-Dallas BSN Cohort Features 2 Brothers

Most nursing cohorts end up being like family by graduation. Two of the latest BSN graduates from West Coast University-Dallas had a head start. Brothers Razvan... Read more

PharmD Students Share Why They Picked WCU

Several first- and second-year West Coast University students wrote and published an article in the American Pharmacists Association Student Pharmacist Journal... Read more

WCU Global Public Health Cohort in Spain Connect with International Students and Patients

Twelve West Coast University students from California and Texas traveled more than 5,000 miles to Madrid, Spain for the most recent Global Public Health Program... Read more

WCU-Ontario Event Helps Students ‘Spring Into Success’

West Coast University-Ontario held a Student Appreciation Day on April 21 to remind students about the many tools available to help them "Spring Into Success." "We're... Read more

Global Public Health Holds Reunion After Whirlwind 2015

After a far-flung year, the various cohorts from West Coast University's 2015 Global Public Health programs held a reunion recently at Children's Hospital of Orange... Read more

WCU-Center for Graduate Studies Celebrates Masters in Health Administration and Nursing Graduates

West Coast University Center for Graduate Studies celebrated the hooding ceremony for recent graduates of the Masters of Health Administration and Masters of Science,... Read more

International Nursing Honor Society Welcomes New West Coast University Members

More than 80 West Coast University nursing students recently were inducted into the world's only international honor society for nurses. The Chi Beta Sigma Theta... Read more

WCU-Ontario BSN Students Celebrate March 2016 Pinning

More than 50 grads from West Coast University-Ontario braved some especially bad weather to attend their pinning ceremony on March 11. Held at the Victoria Gardens... Read more

WCU-Ontario ‘Sim Battle’ Forges Student Friendships

It's good to have a “battle buddy” — even if it’s just for a simulation. This March, three teams of BSN students got a taste of the rapid-fire... Read more

WCU-Orange County Hosts Volunteer Fair in March

More than 90 West Coast University-Orange County students looking to gain valuable experience got a chance to meet with local organizations at a volunteer fair on... Read more

WCU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Holds First White Coat Ceremony at Center for Graduate Studies

If West Coast University's first Doctor of Physical Therapy cohort have learned anything after their first year, it's that everything goes with white. On March 3,... Read more

WCU-OC Marks February 2016 with Huge BSN Pinning

More than 550 people packed the California Room in Cerritos Park East to celebrate West Coast University-Orange County's latest graduating cohort on Feb. 18. Nearly... Read more

WCU-OC Shares 'Love For Learning' About Student Help

The West Coast University-Orange County campus hosted a ”Love For Learning” event on Feb. 17. All of the departments participated and donated door prizes... Read more

WCU-Dallas Rings In January 2016 With Pinning Ceremony

West Coast University-Dallas began 2016 the best way possible — by celebrating the pinning of 29 nursing graduates. The WCU-Dallas Nursing program cohort... Read more

WCU Student Spotlight: Terry and Delana Johnson

Terry and Delana Johnson are nearing the finish line for their nursing degrees at West Coast University-Dallas. But the husband-and-wife team already are seasoned... Read more

West Coast University’s 2015 Fourth Quarter NCLEX Results are Reason to Celebrate

West Coast University just received the official NCLEX results from the Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) for 2015's fourth quarter, and the results are outstanding. Collectively,... Read more

WCU Global Public Health Cohort in Belize Provides Boost to Community HIV-Testing on World AIDS Day

Sometimes studying public health means handling private information. This December while in Belize, West Coast University Global Public Health nursing students... Read more

WCU Continues to Honor Astronaut Alumni, 30 Years After Shuttle Disaster

The Greg Jarvis Simulation Scholarship was created in memory of Greg Jarvis, a U.S. astronaut who earned a master’s degree from West Coast University.... Read more

WCU Student Spotlight: Julie and Tyler Lopez

Julie and Tyler Lopez are at different places in their careers, but both mother and son agree that West Coast University-Dallas is the right place for their education. The... Read more

WCU Student Spotlight: Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez comes from a family of nurses, but he didn’t feel the urge to become one himself until his youngest sister was born with Down's syndrome.The West... Read more

WCU-Orange County Takes Time to Thank Dean's List

It's always nice when someone takes a minute to say you're appreciated — especially when you only have a 10-minute break from Intermediate Med Surg.“Literally... Read more

West Coast University-Los Angeles Nursing Students Celebrate Pinning

More than 60 West Coast University-Los Angeles graduates were joined by family, friends and loved ones for their Nurses Pinning Ceremony on Nov. 12. “It is... Read more

WCU-Ontario Celebrates November 2015 Graduation of BSN Cohort

More than 50 West Coast University-Ontario nursing students had a little more to be thankful for this November after taking part in their cohort's pinning ceremony.The... Read more

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