Get your RN to BSN, 100% Online!
In as little as 12 months


Serious about Nursing?
A better way earn your Nursing Degree


We make healthcare the priority!
Earn your BSN in just over 3 years


What's behind that smile?
Confidence to earn your BS in Dental Hygiene


Welcome to West Coast University

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and other in-demand healthcare disciplines—all with a single purpose:  The advancement of healthcare in the communities we serve, and around the world.

Our technologically advanced facilities and range of programs—from a bachelor's to master's and doctorate degrees—all designed to help you gain the knowledge, experience, and confidence you'll need to take on critical roles in today's healthcare environments. It’s what we call being "ahead of the curve."

Each day, medical techniques and technology take impressive strides forward, and West Coast University is committed to preparing the next generation of leadership through academic excellence, fostering of a student-centric culture and investment in advanced campus facilities.

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What’s New at WCU?
WCU Dental Hygiene Cohort Earns 95 Percent Pass RateAPRIL 27, 2016

West Coast University’s Dental Hygiene cohort has a big reason to smile. The first graduating class of 2016 earned a 95 percent first-time pass rate on the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE)...

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WCU Graduate Spotlight: JD Buchert, RN, M.Ed, BSNAPRIL 25, 2016

Things are bigger in Texas, including the hospitals. The Lone Star State's largest hospital is the new 2.1-million-square-foot Parkland Memorial, located in Dallas. The 17-story, $1.3-billion...

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Clinical Partner Spotlight: Nicklaus Children’s HospitalAPRIL 25, 2016

Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Jackie Gonzalez won't say nurses at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, FL are the best in the nation, but that doesn't mean she is being humble. "This nursing department...

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Recent Videos
WCU Clinical Partner Spotlight: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in MiamiAPRIL 25, 2016

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WCU Women's Pair Earns Invite to US Olympics "Big Boat" CampAPRIL 18, 2016

The dream isn't over for West Coast University's crew team to represent the U.S at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Global Public Health Holds Reunion After Whirlwind 2015APRIL 18, 2016

More than 25 WCU students from all over California broke bread and swapped stories about their two-week-long visits. In 2015, WCU's International Education ...

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A Simple Philosophy of Staying Ahead of the Curve.

Across our three Southern California campuses, we offer undergraduate degrees in nursing and graduate degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy and health administration. Our Orange County campus offers one of only four Bachelor of Science Degrees in Dental Hygiene in all of California. Our campus in Dallas, Texas, as well as our newest campus in Miami, Florida offers undergraduate degrees in nursing.

Each day, medical techniques and technology take impressive strides forward. And West Coast University is there - at the leading edge of the health care industry, preparing graduates for a career they love that meets the needs of the community and demands of the market. We are able to stay ahead of the curve through our commitment to academic excellence, fostering of a student-centric culture and investment in advanced campus facilities.

Our goal is to help each student grow professionally and personally, becoming highly skilled professionals and healthcare leaders. Along the way, we provide a dynamic educational experience that we hope will be memorable and truly enjoyable. We look forward to meeting you!

Bringing Learning to Life
The Evolution of Quality Education

West Coast University is a place where advanced simulation technology and hands-on experience bring real-world perspective to each part of our focused curriculum.  So each new skill a student masters is designed to prepare them for a variety of challenges in the field.

Our experienced faculty come from a wide range of medical specialties including nurse practitioners, dental hygienists, dentists, and healthcare professionals, all with strong connections to clinical sites, and dedication to student success.

West Coast University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001,


Online Programs — Career-Focused Core Curriculum

WCU offers RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and MSN programs online. We've structured our program to fit the busy lifestyles of working professionals with all coursework done online via our interactive online classroom.

In addition, students can make contacts with fellow professionals and WCU's Career Services Department is there to support you after graduation. This online format provides you the freedom to complete your coursework online with the benefits of going to an on ground campus.


Dedicated to the Advancement of Healthcare

We've built and equipped seven advanced facilities, with campuses in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ontario, California—as well as Dallas, Texas and Miami, Florida.

Each has been designed from the ground up to support our focused curriculum with technologically advanced simulation, hands-on experience, and interdisciplinary training—all in a contemporary environment that inspires success.

Our Simulation Centers and laboratories are outfitted with advanced medical training equipment, and designed for a hands-on, practical education. Combined with community-based and onsite clinical opportunities, students receive simulated and real-world experience, under the careful guidance of healthcare professionals.


William C. Clohan President

"From the moment you walk in the door, our goal is that you will feel at home. At home in a place where you're genuinely welcome. At home in a place that has everything you need to succeed- from labs to computers to simulation centers to libraries to support services. To achieve our goals, we are committed to recruiting the best faculty and the most dedicated support team members, and to providing the most beautiful and well-equipped campuses that exist anywhere."