2017 Students Stories

MSOT Program Ends 2017 with December Hooding

For Shannon Simons, the biggest adjustment between being an undergrad and going to graduate school was managing her schedule. "It was a major adjustment balancing... Read more

WCU Welcomes DPT Program's First Graduating Cohort

More than 230 people packed the Taper Auditorium in the Los Angeles Public Library during December 2017 to attend West Coast University ‘s first hooding ceremony... Read more

WCU-OC Celebrates Pinning 85 BSN Grads in November

About 500 friends and family gathered to join in the celebration of West Coast University-Orange County’s graduating bachelor of science in nursing cohort... Read more

New WCU-Los Angeles BSN Grads Share Valuable Advice

More than 100 West Coast University-Los Angeles nursing students celebrated the culmination of their studies this November by sharing a little advice. After their... Read more

WCU-Ontario Honors 50 BSN Graduates in November Ceremony

West Coast University-Ontario awarded nursing pins to 50 graduates this November. WCU-Ontario Nursing Dean Diane Morey welcomed the future nurses to the Lewis Family... Read more

WCU-Orange County Honors Graduation of 21st Dental Hygiene Cohort During November

West Coast University-Orange County honored 25 graduates of the dental hygiene program at a ceremony in November. Graduates’ families, friends and WCU faculty... Read more

WCU-Dallas Commencement Honors ‘Future of Health Care’

More than 75 new nurses celebrated their graduation at the West Coast University-Dallas commencement this November. “We're here to recognize the next group... Read more

WCU Celebrates 63 PharmD Students at Fourth Annual White Coat Ceremony

An important milestone for PharmD students is the “white coat” ceremony, which represents the doctoral candidate's formal entry into the pharmacy profession.... Read more

IPE 2017 Brings More WCU Students Together Than Ever Before

More than 300 West Coast University students worked together in person and in online groups to hone skills needed in the workplace at the largest Interprofessional... Read more

WCU-OC Dental Hygiene Program Honors Graduates in the C-20 Cohort

Congratulations to our West Coast University-Orange County Dental Hygiene graduates of the C-20 Cohort! In September, 24 graduates received their pins and recognition... Read more

WCU-Ontario Hosts 200 Students at ‘Men in Nursing’ Event


One of the reasons Jerrin Thomas drove all the way from Anaheim to attend the Men in Nursing event at West Coast University-Ontario was to meet more people like... Read more

WCU-Miami Pins 20 New BSN Grads at August 2017 Event

West Coast University-Miami welcomed 20 new nurses into the ranks on Aug. 19. WCU-Miami executive director Joshua Padron kicked off the pinning ceremony, held at... Read more

WCU-Ontario Pins 68 BSN Graduates at August 2017 Ceremony

West Coast University-Ontario awarded 68 new graduates with their nursing pins in a ceremony held at the end of August. “Our students strive to be the best,... Read more

MSOT ‘Orange’ Cohort Shows Heart at August Hooding

Some cohorts say they have heart. At West Coast University's master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) hooding ceremony in August, the "Orange" cohort went... Read more

Oxford Scholars Share Final Thoughts About 2017 Honors Program

Chandra Hamilton WCU-Dallas Two things that I have learned during the Oxford Honors program that I am most excited about implementing are my adaptability skills... Read more

CHA University Gives Warm Welcome to GPH Korea 2017

West Coast University students from four campuses joined together to participate in the Global Public Health program in Seoul, Korea. Led by WCU international education... Read more

WCU-Miami Celebrates First Commencement Ceremony

West Coast University-Miami hosted its first commencement ceremony this July, with more than 400 friends and family in attendance to witness the inaugural group... Read more

WCU Oxford Scholars Reflect On 2017 Honors Program Experience

Courtney Rae Pattugalan WCU-Orange County It feels surreal that I'll be getting on a plane tomorrow to return home after spending the last two weeks in Oxford and... Read more

WCU-Ontario Encourages Students to Go Green In August

Students at West Coast Univesity-Ontario had their own version of going green at the recent NCLEX Green Light event. The "Get the Green Light" event focused on bringing... Read more

WCU Oxford Honor Scholars Explore UK Healthcare System

Brittany MartinezWCU-Ontario As the first week of the Oxford program comes to a close, I reminisce on all that I have learned thus far. From having guest lecturers... Read more

WCU Students Help Finalize Contemporary Forums' Transition-into-Practice Pilot Nursing Program

Twenty-three West Coast University students are taking part in a pilot program that provides a unique nursing experience from a different perspective. In addition... Read more

WCU MSOT 'Yellow' Cohort Ready to Spread Their Wings

When Brittany Joachim came to West Coast University, she arrived with "little confidence in my abilities and a whole lot of self-doubt." Seventeen months later,... Read more

WCU Ontario Hosts a Cool Party at Summertime Student Appreciation Day

While West Coast University always tries to find cool ways to show its appreciation to students, WCU Ontario may have taken it to another level. To kick off the... Read more

WCU Students Start Final Prep For 2017 Oxford Honors Trip

Brittany MartinezWCU-Ontario Tomorrow I jet off to England, but before I leave I did some research about the places that I will be visiting and, most importantly,... Read more

WCU Dental Hygiene Student Research Team Wins First Place at National Competition

West Coast University dental hygiene students might have studied the effects of silver, but their research project brought home the gold. Under the mentorship of... Read more

WCU-OC CNSA Offers Treats and Supplies for Nurses Week

Seeing is believing. And thanks to the short video they created, it’s easy to believe that the West Coast University-Orange County chapter of the California... Read more

WCU Students Prepare for Oxford Honors 2017 Journey

As their trip to Oxford University approaches, honors program students from several West Coast University locations took time to share their thoughts about the group's... Read more

800 Graduates Attend 2017 WCU Spring Commencement

Friends and family of West Coast University graduates on May 21 packed the Bren Center at UC Irvine for the 2017 Commencement. "It’s a rite of passage and... Read more

WCU DPT Wins 2017 California Outreach Challenge

West Coast University's Class of 2018 doctor of physical therapy recently won the 2017 California Outreach Challenge by volunteering more than 1,700 hours in six... Read more

WCU-Orange County Pins 117 BSN Graduates in April 2017

West Coast University's largest campus continues to produce quality graduates as more than 110 bachelor of science in nursing students from WCU-Orange County received... Read more

Third WCU-Miami Cohort Enters 'Bright Future' of Nursing

The third time was just as charming as the first two pinnings for West Coast University-Miami. The campus celebrated its most recent graduating cohort with 14 new... Read more

33 WCU-Dallas Grads Receive Nursing Pin in April 2017

When Mekha Kalloor was a senior in high school, she interned at a local hospital. Seeing how much impact the nurses directly made with patients made Kalloor want... Read more

WCU's Final 'Bookend' MHA Cohort Receives Hoods

The last "blended" online master of health administration (MHA) cohort at West Coast University had some firsts. The class was the first MHA cohort to have a three-way... Read more

WCU Dental Hygiene Celebrates April 2017 Pinning Ceremony

Irem Culhaci first heard about West Coast University's dental hygiene program from her mom's friends. "They were dental hygienists and they highly recommended the... Read more

WCU Peer Mentors Say Goodbye to CHA Students

West Coast University had the privilege of hosting nine students from CHA University in Seoul, Korea during the Spring 2017 term. This is the third year that WCU... Read more

WCU-Orange County BSN Grad Panel: 3 Tips from RNs

As a nurse, Monica Arreola knows how it feels to help someone. That's why she wanted to give back to the school that helped her become one. She and four other West... Read more

WCU DPT Students Attend National Physical Therapy Conference in Texas

Representatives from West Coast University's doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program recently returned from the American Physical Therapy Association's largest... Read more

WCU-CGS MSOT Program Holds Pinning Ceremony for January 2017 Cohort

West Coast University honored its latest graduating master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) cohort at a pinning ceremony in January. Dr. Nicolaas van den... Read more

WCU-Orange County Hosts 100 Graduates at BSN Pinning

West Coast University's largest campus celebrated one of the largest graduating cohorts this February as more than 100 WCU-Orange County bachelor of science in nursing... Read more

More than 30 Graduates Receive BSN Pin at WCU-Dallas

Each West Coast University pinning event is memorable, but occasionally, a special moment arises from the traditional ceremony. At the most recent WCU-Dallas pinning... Read more

WCU-Ontario Awards BSN Pin to February 2017 Cohort

From a young age, Fernando Ramos had a strong interest in the medical field. "I can recall being just a little kid, maybe 4 or 5 years old and trying to take care... Read more

Second BSN Cohort at WCU-Miami Receives Pin

West Coast University-Miami held its second pinning ceremony this January, beginning 2017 by helping 14 more new bachelor of science in nursing graduates become... Read more

WCU-LA Welcomes 70 New BSN Grads at Pinning Event

More than 70 West Coast University-Los Angeles bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students received their pin at the Sportsman's Lodge this February. The event... Read more

WCU Global Public Health: Argentina 2016

The most recent Global Public Health (GPH) program for West Coast University journeyed to Buenos Aires, Argentina during Fall 2016. The group of 12 WCU bachelor... Read more

WCU FNP Program Holds December 2016 Onsite Intensive

At West Coast University’s Center for Graduate Studies, doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) and master of science in nursing - family nurse practitioner (MSN-FNP)... Read more

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