Academic Calendar

West Coast University's academic calendars are tailored to each program. 

Undergraduate: On-ground classes typically begin the first Monday of the term.  Courses offered in a blended delivery format typically begin on the first day (Sunday) of the term and end on the last day (Saturday) of the term.

Nursing Clinicals: Nursing clinical courses follow the Academic Calendar.  National holidays may be observed as long as the required contact hours are met by the end of the term, and are within the agreed upon schedule with Preceptors and Clinical sites.     

Pharmacy Program Academic Calendar

Term
Start Date
 Add/Drop Deadline End Date
Holidays
Spring Semester 2016 Sunday, January 3, 2016  Sunday, January 10, 2016 Saturday, May 7, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016
President's Day, Monday, February 15, 2016

Spring Break, March 4 - 7, 2016
Easter, Sunday, March 27, 2016

 Fall Semester 2016 Monday, August 22, 2016  Monday, August 29, 2016 Friday, December 2, 2016 Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving Break, Monday-Sunday, November 21-27, 2016

Nursing (BSN, LVN/LPN-BSN), and Dental Hygiene Academic Calendar

This Academic Calendar supports the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN & LVN/LPN-BSN)
  • Dental Hygiene (BSDH)
  • Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP)

Term
Class Start Date Add/Drop
Deadline 
Withdrawal "W" Deadline
Class End Date   Holidays
Spring I 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
 Sunday,
January 31, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Saturday, April 2, 2016
President's Day, Monday, February 15, 2016
Spring II 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
 Sunday, April 10, 2016 Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016

 

Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016
Summer I 2016 Sunday, June 12, 2016
 Sunday, June 19, 2016 Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016
Fall I 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
 Sunday, August 28, 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016
Fall II 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
 Sunday, November 6, 2016 Tuesday, December 6, 2016
 Saturday, January 21, 2017
Thanksgiving Break, November 24-27, 2016
Holiday/New Year Break, Saturday, December 24, 2016 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017
Spring I 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
President's Day, Monday, February 20, 2017
Spring II 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017 Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017
Summer I 2017 Sunday, June 11, 2017 Monday, June 19, 2016 Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 2017

 

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Program Academic Calendar

This Academic Calendar supports the following programs:

  • Master of Science, Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Term Class Start Date   Add/Drop Deadline Class End Date
Holidays 
Spring Trimester 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
 Monday, January 11, 2016  Friday, April 15, 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016
President's Day, Monday, February 15, 2016
Easter, Sunday, March 27, 2016
Summer Trimester 2016
 Monday, May 2, 2016
 Monday, May 9, 2016  Sunday, August 14, 2016
 Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016
Fall Trimester 2016
 Monday, August 29, 2016
 Monday, September 5, 2016 Friday, December 9, 2016 
Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving Break, Thursday-Sunday, November 24-27, 2016

 

The DPT students who began their coursework in 2014 will not be attending the summer trimester. The 2014 cohort of DPT students will follow the calendar below:

 

 Term                          Class Start Date        Add/Drop Deadline  Class End Date              Holidays                                                          
Spring Trimester 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016  Monday, January 11, 2016  Friday, April 15, 2016  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016
President's Day, Monday, February 15, 2016
Easter, Sunday, March 27, 2016
 Fall Trimester 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016   Monday, September 5, 2016 Friday, December 9, 2016

 Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving Break, Thursday-Sunday, November 24-27, 2016

Distance Education Academic Calendar

This Academic Calendar supports the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Master of Science, Nursing (RN to MSN)
  • Master of Science, Advanced Generalist (MSN)
  • Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Term
Class Start Date   Add/Drop Deadline Class End Date  Holidays 
Spring I 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016 Monday, January 18, 2016  Sunday, March 6, 2016
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016
President's Day, Monday, February 15, 2016
Spring II 2016
Monday, March 7, 2016 Monday, March 14, 2016  Sunday, May 1, 2016 Break, Monday - Sunday, May 2 - 8, 2016
Summer I
2016
 Friday, May 9, 2016  Monday, May 16, 2016 Sunday, July 3, 2016  Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016
Summer II
2016
Monday, July 4, 2016  Monday, July 11, 2016  Sunday, August 28, 2016  Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016 
Fall I
2016
Monday, September 5, 2016 Monday, September 12, 2016 Sunday, October 30, 2016  Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016
Fall II
2016
Monday, October 31, 2016  Monday, November 7, 2016 Sunday, December 25, 2016  Thanksgiving Break, Thursday-Sunday, November 24-27, 2016;
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016

 

Class Schedule Information

For programs operating on the 20-week semester model, classes are typically scheduled during the hours of 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Monday through Friday and 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Most often, students attend classes between two to four days per week; however, some courses (most notably in the nursing programs) may require additional days of instruction per week. Nursing clinical rotations may be scheduled any day of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays, 24 hours a day. The Dental Hygiene core curriculum requires students to attend classes, labs, and clinic sessions up to five days per week. After program completion and in preparation for clinical board examinations, Dental Hygiene students will be allowed to attend specific clinic sessions.  The RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and MSN Advanced Generalist distance education programs do not have face-to-face class meetings scheduled. The MSN-FNP has scheduled weekend intensives during the FNP trimesters.  The courses for these programs are open for students to commence coursework on the first Sunday of each eight week session as part of a trimester and close on the last Saturday of each eight week session within the trimester. 

Class Times

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 Saturday

Classes scheduled between

7:00am-6:00pm

 

Classes scheduled between

7:00am-11:00pm

 

Classes scheduled between

7:00am-11:00pm

 

Classes scheduled between

7:00am-11:00pm

 

Classes scheduled between

7:00am-11:00pm

 

Classes scheduled between

 7:00am-11:00pm

 

Classes scheduled between

7:00am-6:00pm

 

Please Note: Nursing clinical rotations may be scheduled any day of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays, 24 hours a day.

University Hours of Operation

California and Florida: The campus administrative offices normal hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Texas:  The campus administrative offices normal hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All Campuses:  Online courses and related technical support are available and accessible to enrolled students seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Holidays Observed

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday- January 18, 2016
President's Day
Monday - February 15, 2016
Memorial Day
Monday - May 30, 2016
Independence Day
Monday - July 4, 2016
Labor Day
Monday - September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving Break
Thursday - Sunday, November 24-27, 2016
Holiday/New Year Break
Saturday, December 24, 2016 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017

 

Rescheduling of Class Time

Occasionally, due to holidays or unforeseen circumstances, students may be required to make-up class hours that have been missed due to campus closures.  Any courses that are required to be made-up may be done so at the direction of the appropriate dean and may be made-up at any point throughout the term.  The delivery method of the make-up hours will be dictated by the appropriate dean/chair based upon University, state, and/or accreditation requirements.  Any student who will miss courses due to these circumstances should speak to their program dean/chair for clarification on make-up work obligations.