West Coast University

West Coast University

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West Coast University, with three California campuses located in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Ontario, and its newest campus in Dallas, Texas, offers a career-focused health care education. Our accelerated nursing and health care degree programs are streamlined to provide you the most direct path to your degree. West Coast University campuses include advancements like reserved class seating, accelerated programs, and a graduation date that students can depend upon. Our intensive, hands-on approach to health care education provides the leadership, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and interpersonal skills required to get you qualified for advancement in today's fast-paced world of health care.

Health Care Education Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

WCU offers several Bachelor of Science in Nursing program tracks, each designed to fit your specific needs. Each track includes classroom lectures and hands-on training in a clinical setting. In addition to learning how to provide the best care for your patients, you'll also study leadership and management techniques, critical thinking, and moral, ethical, and legal principles in health care.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

WCU's Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program provides you with a blend of classroom and hands-on training that will prepare you for work as a Dental Hygienist. At WCU, once you begin your education and successfully complete your courses, there are no waiting lists and your graduation date is set. You'll receive in-depth training in WCU's simulation lab, with workstations that are equipped with artificial patients. Once you've completed your training there, you'll move on to care for patients in WCU's on-site Dental Hygiene Clinic. The training you receive at WCU will prepare you for work in general dental offices and specialty practices, including periodontics or pediatric dentistry. You'll work side by side with dentists as you provide dental care for your patients.


West Coast University designed its RN to BSN program specifically to meet the needs of the working RN at our convenient campus locations. Each class in this program is taught in a 10-week span, allowing the student to focus on fewer subjects at a time and gain a deeper understanding of the material. At the Los Angeles campus, you only need to attend classes onsite the first and last weekend of each term, with the balance of the coursework completed online.


The LVN to BSN program at WCU offers licensed vocational nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, as well as qualify to become a Registered Nurse, in a streamlined, 34 month program. The LVN to BSN curriculum is a part of West Coast University's CCNE1-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and gives you access to all of WCU's technologically advanced equipment and facilities. WCU's year-round educational system offers new classes every 10 weeks at each of our four campuses. Our curriculum is structured around a specific end date - as long as you successfully complete your classes, you won't need to compete for space in classes or worry about when you'll be graduating.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance programs are available for those who qualify. West Coast University can review your tuition payment options including federal loans, federal and state grants, and private loans. If you are unable to meet educational costs on your own, we'll help you apply for financial assistance.

Financial assistance options may include:

  • Loan counseling
  • Federal Title IV financial aid
  • Cal Grant program
  • Loans scholarships
  • Veterans benefits
  • BSN scholarships for American Career College alumni

Across our three Southern California campuses, we offer undergraduate degrees in nursing and graduate degrees in nursing and health care management. Our Orange County campus offers one of only four Bachelor of Science Degrees in Dental Hygiene in all of California.


West Coast University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)2. WCU is also accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)3. The Bachelor of Science in nursing programs are approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, and in Texas by the Texas Board of Nursing. The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)4 of the American Dental Association.

1 (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE/reports/accprog.php

2 (WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, www.wascsenior.org

3 (ACICS) 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4223, 202-336-6780, www.acics.org

4 (CODA) The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at: 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.phpx

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