West Coast University Reviews

  • 31 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $19,865 - $35,110
88% of 31 students said this degree improved their career prospects
23% of 31 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Maya Levine
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2023
  • Degree: Accelerated BSN
"I graduated with BSN in 2022. I took most pre-recs at WCU and all nursing core classes . Previously I had attended UCLA and before that I went to Santa Monica College so I have a reference to compare WCU to. WCU is a school for those who want to finish their nursing program quickly ! The program is easy and anyone can pass pretty much if you put some work into it. The only complaint I had was that most student were not serious about studying. The acceptance rate is very low at WCU so almost anyone can get in which produces a not very stimulating environment academically speaking . Comparing to for example UCLA where student care about learning . There are some students who are serious and I was able to connect to them and form study groups and life long friendships . The teachers are very good and they care about students . The only exception are some clinical instructors truly do not care and you are left to practice clinical skills on your own…. However there are skills labs available and so if you feel like you need to practice more they do accommodate you gladly. The reputation of WCU in the field is very good and I was surprised when I started working that it was a well respected school ( I did not know what to expect ). I ended up enrolling into a masters program at WCU to continue my educational journey and plan to become a nurse practitioner, while working as an RN I highly recommend this school . Also just to add , I am a single mom of two little kids so it’s completely possible to have a life and attend the BSN program ."
kimberly martinez
  • Reviewed: 12/2/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school being a for-profit university is really out to get your money! Super expensive and offer no grants or scholarship.. you dependent on financial aid and they try to get you to sign and get on parent plus loans. The classes are a joke. I’ve seen so many promote it but no worth it. They have you take unnecessary classes.. I already have a bachelors and thought I’d get a second and major in nursing. Big mistake coming here."
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Please read these reviews because they are not coming from a bad place. This school really is bad. Often times the professors don't show up for clinicals and you are there not knowing what to do. This happened to me twice during different terms. The school and staff don't communicate or return texts, emails, calls. The staff and dean are not helpful, even when it's something as simple where do I do if a teacher doesn't show. The worst part of the situations that come up is that as a student you are responsible even though it's out of your hands. Each teacher uses their own rules as what is required even though someone in the same term/class don't have the same rules. They make excuses of finding that you are not compliant; for example flu shots are required prior to 8/31 even thought they don't come out till 9/1. complio requires one date but the school requires another and you have to pay for another term 7k. Please don't go to this school the issues are endless and the staff is very unprofessional."
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2022
  • Degree: Accelerated BSN
"I am not just saying this either - this is the WORST university, not just for nursing school, but in general. The administration does not offer any support; everything is last minute and under communicated. The professors have no regard for their students in terms of teaching the information in a comprehensive manner. It is all self taught. The grades are based on ATI test scores, and there is ZERO ATI instruction for the exams. The clinical site rotations are highly unorganized, and everyone is in a sense "figuring it out". This is our life, our career, our present and future, and the university as a whole does not care about their students. The university is highly expensive, there's just no return on the investment here. If you are considering this university, TRACE FAR AWAY!"
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Instructors in GE will help you succeed but when you get into CORE, it's the complete opposite. It really is a waste of time and money where financial aid will get back faster to you than academic advisors. The schools focus is on passing NCLEX so none of the other work matters. Deans will give instructors too much discretion in class. Instructors come from other jobs where there's no consistency. They don't reply to e-mails or calls and barely use the Remind app. They expect active learning to be more engaging and for you to be able to cover all the material without completely discussing concepts. Some of the instructors put simple power points up and it lacks content. So when you take ATI tests, students end up doing poorly because the content is completely different than what is being taught back."
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is a waste of time and money. If you are going to this school, you will regret it later. This school is a waste of time and money. For one class, they charged you $800.The passing grade is C+. They give you a lot of assignments in ati and many projects, but all of this does not provide you grade. It is a waste of time rather than preparing for tests. Please save yourself and do not attend this school."
Scammed student
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school traps you with false promises. The staff turnover is ridiculous. The staff talks to adults like children. This is my 3rd degree I know how school works no need to talk down on your students/customers. They highly recommend you quit your job. They require you to have health insurance however they don’t provide you with any resources to find affordable care. When asked about help they said to refer to student hand book."
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"The school is completely disorganized, students have no say on who their teachers are let alone when you have class. There is a reason they aren’t allowed to do clinicals at some hospitals. Pure laziness with administration and staff. Do not waste your money or time with such a horrendous “academic” institution."
Stephany V
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"WCU is all about money. They charge $599 PER credit for GenEd & then $799 PER credit for the Core Nursing classes. Mind you most of the classes are 2-3 credit classes so you are paying around $1200+ for just ONE class. I had a lot of aid given to me by FAFSA both loans & grants & I still wasn't able to pay my tuition. They only give you grants if you apply for private loans you literally HAVE to apply & if you get it you have to use it or its not considered exhausting all your options (which is the only way you grants from them). This school is all about money as you can see from how they charge you for your classes. If you have to wait to go somewhere then wait. Don't drown in debt for this school, I surely am not."
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2021
  • Degree: Accelerated BSN
"To be honest this school is all about their money, they do not care about students; they just implement things that are convenient for them, and leave the students in dark (even with the amount of tuition being paid); no advocates for the studens. Be warned your success in this school is based largely on ATI ptoctors. Most of the teachers DO NOT CARE, they make their quizzes unnecessarily tricky and the ATIs are the worse. Although am about to grade on less than 5 months (hopely) I still won't recommend this school to even my enemies. BE WISE FOLKS!"
Sarah Wilson
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"They are truly unprofessional and really don’t care about students. I would make this my last opinion. For the price of what you pay, you should see more professionalism and quality of your education. I know other school may be harder to get into but I still think well worth looking in to."
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This university is all about the money and not about the success of their students. They picture rainbows and sunshine during your walking tour and trying to convince you to attend there. In reality though all they see all the dollar signs and how much they can suck out of you. I’m a mother of two and even quit my job to focus strictly on school. Yet as most parents know certain life challenges happen that are out of your control. I passed all my pre reqs and made it into the nursing core program. Failed 2 courses by 2 points and was dismissed. I researched and knew that majority of nursing programs will kick you out after 2 failed courses. That’s when I found out there was an appeal option. Well that’s what I did .. I appealed and even submitted proof of kids hospital visits, surgery records imaging reports, etc (practically my life in a letter) was poured I to this appeal and still got denied. After contacting the staff I was told that not only my hard situations played in the decision but my GPA, and attendance. She told me that since my GPA dropped 2 points from when I started, that this also had to do with their response. So much happened since starting school like father passing away , becoming pregnant , and raising kids while husband worked out of state and still kept going the best I could. Nope .. that wasn’t enough and still received a bill to pay same day I received my denial letter. Long story short this school doesn’t care about their students and they definitely don’t try to work with the students who have some life struggles yet still trying to better their education. Now you’re just left with a high school loan debt. On top of all this I referred about 3 friends here ( big mistake). Bad experience here .. DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!"
Sajeetha Mahinda
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"West coast university sounds fantastic when you go in for your tour. They offer everything that you could possible need to pass their courses. The truth is, the nicest department is the financial aid department. You do not get the customer service or quality education you deserve for the money you pay. Staff is passive aggressive, they do not work with you. The program gives you a RIDICULOUS amount of busy unnecessary work that you do not have actual time to study the material for the tests that matter. They send out letters of concern to students when they aren't passing. The teachers dont always go over missed concepts and there is no way for you to see what you got wrong on your exams. How are you to learn from your mistakes? The teachers that are provided for certain subjects are ridiculous. For the money youre paying you would think youd be getting the best of the best. We are sooooo consumed trying to complete assignments that dont count to our actual passing grade that there is hardly any time to study and do well on the exams that matter and will help us pass NCLEX. If i could do it again i'd choose another school."
Curtis Clark
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Stay as far as you can from this place, it is a total rip-off. The school does not prepare you for a career in nursing. There have been several graduates express this to me while I have been going here, in fact, they do not teach you the necessary skills that help you develop as a nurse. Also, the skills are just passed along and never performed. Therefore, this hurts you when you have to perform these necessary skills in a hospital scenario. The professors are not interested in the student's success for the money you are going to pay the school is not worth your time."
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"So far this program has had ups & downs. Some hate it and some love it. I feel that I am learning and will be prepared as nurse. The right professors are challenging and prepare students for skills and future courses. It is not true that you will not be hired as a nurse if you go to this school, I know plenty that have! Overall- would recommend if you were in my spot at fighting every ADN program in Socal for a spot even with almost perfect grades."
Sirena Cervantes
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2020
  • Degree: Cardiac Sonography
"I made a quick call to get information about their masters degree and the receptionist refused to connect me with an advisor because I’m not done with my bachelor degree. I’m looking for schools now because I want to start my masters immediately after I graduate. I then asked her questions about the program and she didn’t know anything. Needless to say she helped me decided not to consider west coast university as one of the schools I will be applying in too next fall/"
Wiljon Guarin
  • Reviewed: 4/16/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"(Disclaimer: I did not graduate from this school. It was added for requirement purposes) I left and went to another school. If this school doesn't care about you as a student then how can it teach you how to care about patients as people. This impersonal school will train you to be an impersonal nurse. Now you can say, "I'd rather be an impersonal nurse with good nursing skills than a personal nurse with bad nursing skills." Let me tell you, their classes are so easy that the reason I left to another school was because I was getting a 3.96 GPA from this school from all their open book quizzes and pointless discussions on topics that forced you to simply regurgitate material. Not to say that this school was useless. I learned alot from the research class and I'm thankful I took research there because it was so challenging!"
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Save yourself! Don't go here. They ruin your future. It's expensive, so it adds pressure. If you appeal. You sit in some room with like 30 greedy guy school owners that decide your future. Then if you fail by a single point.. your terrified to move on caz all their doing is sucking your wallet dry and could care less about your future! Worse experience ever. RUN."
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"I highly recommend the online MPH program. I had a full time job and studied full time. Thankfully, being online I was able to study and do course work on my time. The professors were all very helpful. Registration was easy being that it was done for me. The education was able to get me where I needed to be and I never had an issue while attending."
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Please save yourself and do not attend this school. This school is a waste of time and money. Students have no voices. There is no open door policy. Everything is copy paste. Everyone knows the test bank. 10 weeks and blended. If you want to learn how to save life this is not the school for you but if you want to be a maid and no hospital gives you a job, this is your school. This school is a business and for profit. Students attend clinical with fake lashes and nail polish. My instructors told me so many wrong informations. Instructors are not ready for class meeting and material. Go to a school that are fair with your time and money"