Program Highlights

  • Earn your degree in as few as 39 months at the accelerated program pace
  • 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 clinical experiences across our 1,000+ partner locations in Texas, Florida, and California
  • Get help preparing for your licensure exam with tutoring and one-on-one counseling
  • West Coast University is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and its nursing programs are programmatically accredited by CCNE

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


We’re going to need a lot more nurses.

The need for registered nurses is expected to grow by 7% from 2019 to 2029, compared to 4% growth across all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

“We discovered that by 2030, the number of registered nurses needed in the United States is estimated to skyrocket by 28.4% from 2.8 million to 3.6 million. While most states are projected to keep up with demand, there are many places that are expected to have significant shortages in registered nurses.”*

California is expected to be short 44,500 registered nurses.*



With over 100 years of educational excellence, West Coast University is preparing the next generation of nurses for careers that make a difference every day.

West Coast University’s curriculum is designed to help you stay on track with your career goals.

  • Gain real-life experience 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 with patients at one of our 1,000 clinical partner sites across Texas, California, and Florida.
  • Graduate in as little as 39 months at the accelerated program pace. Our concentrated curriculum will help you stay on track with your career goals.
  • Get support beyond graduation with ongoing assistance with professional and career development.
  • Connect with more than 35,000 WCU alumni worldwide
  • All prerequisites are included in the program
  • Study abroad to expand your knowledge base, broaden personal perspectives, and develop professional networking contacts (for those who qualify)
  • 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 BSN 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.

West Coast University’s BSN curriculum is designed to build skills and confidence.

Nursing courses provide students with the knowledge and professional skills necessary to assist patients and clients toward an optimal level of health.

Our BSN curriculum integrates critical thinking, decision-making, leadership and management techniques with moral, ethical and legal principles associated with providing outstanding care in a clinical setting.

Students gain practice with patients in a range of acute and long-term care facilities as well as in community settings. WCU has more than 1,000 clinical partners nationwide.

West Coast University has established the following Program Learning Outcomes, which flow directly from the College of Nursing's mission and philosophy. This is what you can expect to have learned upon graduation.

  1. Support professional nursing practice decisions with concepts and theories from the biological, physical, and social sciences.
  2. Plan preventive and population focused interventions with attention to effectiveness, efficiency, cost, and equity.
  3. Support therapeutic nursing interventions for patients and families in a variety of healthcare and community settings using evidence-based practice.
  4. Apply nursing process and critical thinking when providing holistic, patient-centered nursing care to diverse populations.
  5. Design healthcare education for individuals, families, and communities.
  6. Comply with the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct in practice.
  7. Develop an effective communication style to interact with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary health team.
  8. Model leadership with providing safe, quality nursing care; coordinating the healthcare team; and when tasked with oversight and accountability for care delivery.
  9. Use patient care technology and information systems when providing nursing care in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities:

One Degree. Endless opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree could open the doors to a variety645zas of career paths—and the West Coast University Career Services team can help you both prepare for and explore your options.

WCU Career Services offers career planning advice, assistance with everything from resume writing and interview preparation to job leads and more. While we can't guarantee employment, we can help you prepare to make the most of every career opportunity. It's one-stop support—before and after graduation—to help you advance your career.

WCU helps prepare its nursing graduates for positions across a wide spectrum of opportunities in

  • Pediatrics
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Community Health
  • Home Care Nursing
  • & More

Demand for Nurses

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics project there will be continued demand in the labor market for nurses.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military Personnel

Individuals who have held Military Healthcare Training may be eligible to receive credit for previous education training.

Learn more about Challenge Credit
Nursing Challenge Exam Additional Requirements

Admission to Programs with Prerequisite Requirements

West Coast University offers several programs that require prospective students to complete prerequisites prior to admission. Prospective students who meet all other requirements for admission, but who lack prerequisite coursework required for admission, may be admitted in order to complete that coursework.

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