West Coast University (WCU) has a nursing program at their Southern California campuses at Ontario, Los Angeles, and Orange County. This is an intense 39 month program that leads to a bachelor of science in nursing. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam in order to become a registered nurse in less than four years. The BSN program is currently accredited with the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
Prerequisites for West Coast University BSN Program
There are only two mandatory requirements for admissions. You will need to have a high school diploma or GED. You also need to get a passing score on all WCU entrance exams. One exam used at WCU is the HESI. The HESI exam is pretty easy if you remember your reading and math from high school.
Prerequisite courses typically taken at other schools to become eligible for nursing school can be transferred in to reduce the cost of education.
Tuition and Cost for West Coast University Bachelor’s in Nursing Program
The cost to go to WCU is very expensive. One thing you can do to lower your cost is to get a prerequisite packet from your admissions representative. Then take those classes at your local community college for a lot less money. The only problem with this strategy is that many classes required for nursing are very overcrowded. This is especially true for science lab courses such as microbiology, anatomy, and physiology. It’s not unusual for students who don’t have a good registration date/time to spend YEARS trying to get into prerequisite classes at various schools around Southern California.
Financial aid personnel will work with students to apply for loans and grants in order to afford the tuition. Payment plans with no interest or fees can be set up for qualified applicants.
The bottom line is that going to nursing school in California means picking between saving time/greater convenience with no waiting lists or going to a community college saving money with delays in earning your degree, which is not even a bachelor’s degree.
One disadvantage to be aware of is that the credits at WCU do not transfer to other regionally accredited schools. That may make it difficult to get a MSN later on. However, the job prospects of a BSN is still a lot better than ADN graduates from California community colleges, which often have long waiting lists and very high GPA requirements.