Nursing California Admissions Requirements and Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track prepares students to develop nursing competencies while building upon a liberal arts education that expands their world view of the global community. The curriculum is sequential and integrates theory from the biological and social sciences to develop clinical reasoning and communication skill in graduates who will be expected to serve as leaders in the changing healthcare environment. Content is presented in a simple to complex format and is organized using seven strands to help conceptualize the professional nursing role, including nursing process, research, therapeutic care, teaching/learning, communications, and role development, and incorporates theory and practice to meet the “Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice” (AACN, 2008).

Each Essential is presented throughout the curriculum in the classroom and operationalized in clinical settings. Incorporation of the nursing process allows the nursing student to differentiate the independent, dependent, and interdependent functions of nursing.

The General Education courses provide the foundation for the nursing major and continued learning in all educational programs. The addition of both clinical and non-clinical nursing courses in each program prepares graduates for practice at differing levels of experience and responsibility from entry to the nursing profession through the baccalaureate level.

The nursing curriculum provides the opportunity for the student to acquire the professional nursing knowledge and skills necessary to assist patients to an optimal level of health. This is accomplished through an integration of theoretical nursing knowledge with essential clinical skills. Students are provided the opportunity to practice in a changing health care environment in acute and long-term care facilities, as well as in community settings.

BSN Programs – Learning Outcomes:

Upon graduation from West Coast University, students will have met the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  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 health care 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.

Program Information and Disclosures

Pre-Licensure Nursing Requirements prior to clinical assignments (BSN & LVN to BSN and LVN 30 Unit Option):

  1. Obtain a criminal background clearance (information on how to obtain this clearance will be provided to students during the enrollment process).  Failure to disclose a misdemeanor or felony may interfere with clinical placement and subsequent licensure as a Registered Nurse (applicants with felony convictions are not admissible);

  2. Submit documentation of required immunizations;
  3. Provide and maintain a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) for Health Providers;

  4. Provide a current Fire Card, where required;

  5. Meet the requirements outlined in the “Essentials of RN Job Functions” as documented by a licensed Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant;

  6. Undergo drug screening.

  7. Provide acceptable proof of adequate health insurance coverage;

  8. Comply with clinical site specific requirements.

Nursing Residency Requirements


A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at WCU for the BSN and LVN to BSN programs.  Exceptions may be considered.  


Registered Nurse Licensure Disclosure - California

The student satisfactorily completing the pre-licensure BSN or LVN to BSN program is eligible to apply for licensure by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The California Board of Registered Nursing requires that applicants for a nursing license must provide a United States issued social security number. This requirement will prevent anyone from applying for RN licensure in California and being employed as an RN without a United States issued social security number. Furthermore, prospective students who do not meet this requirement will be unable to sit for the Nursing Board Examination (NCLEX) in California, since the California Board of Registered Nursing will not issue an Authorization to Test (ATT) without a valid social security number.


Examination Fees

Students Enrolled in the August 2013 Term and After

Starting in the August 2013 term, new/reentry students will be required to pay for Authorization to Test (ATT) fees and NCLEX-RN fees as part of the NCLEX Incentive Program.  This program is designed to provide a financial incentive for students to pass the examination on first attempt.  Upon enrollment in NURS 493 Integration of Nursing Concepts, the student account will accrue a one-time charge for examination and licensures fees.  The University will forward these funds to Pearson (NCLEX) and the State Board of Nursing.  On successfully completing the NCLEX examination on first attempt, the University will refund the testing fees noted above and provide the student with a financial incentive.  Please see the campus Testing Coordinator for the NCLEX Incentive Program eligibility criteria.  

Based on the CDC Recommended Immunizations for Health-Care Personnel (HCP), all HCPs must submit documentation of immunization to Hepatitis B (series of three doses with anti-HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after dose #3), proof of immunity to Hepatitis B, or a signed declination; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella (chickenpox); and Tetanus, include Influenza (yearly), Hepatitis A, and Pneumonia. For some individuals, a titer test will be indicated vs. vaccinations. Titer tests showing immunity to listed pathogens are acceptable. Titer tests showing a negative response require appropriate immunizations and follow-up titers must be completed and submitted. Diphtheria and Pertussis (booster every 10 years) are highly recommended immunizations for HCPs. If one or more of the listed immunizations are contraindicated, documentation must be submitted clearly identifying the reason(s). Clinical laboratory reports with the facility stamp and a medical doctor’s signature is required. See the Nursing Student Handbook for additional information.  Most clinical sites require students to provide proof of immunization against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) to participate in the clinical experience rotation at their site.  In addition, most health care settings require proof of immunization for employment.  If the student is unable to fulfill the clinical site’s requirements, their progress to degree may be prolonged or the student may need to be withdrawn from the program.  

For more information on immunizations and vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at

Public Health Nurse Certification

Graduates of the BSN program at West Coast University, and who have obtained an unobstructed RN license in the State of California, will be eligible to apply for Public Health Nurse Certification with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  For information the Public Health Nurse Certification application process, visit the California Board of Registered Nursing website at

NURS 493 Comprehensive Predictor

Each student will take the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Assessment during the last week of the NURS 493 course.  Each student must achieve an ATI predictive probability of passing NCLEX at or above 92%.  Each student will have ONE (1) attempt to meet the benchmark.  

NURS 493 is graded on a Pass/No Pass scale.  Only students who meet the benchmark will be given a "Pass" (P) for the course and be allowed to graduate from the program.  Students who do not achieve a score of 92%, will be given a "No Pass" (NP) grade and will need to repeat NURS 493 the following term.  

Students scoring at least or above 92% probability of NCLEX success on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor given in week 9 of the course will:

  1. Complete a focused review of the Comprehensive Predictor
  2. Attend the full ATI Live Review
  3. Work through the ATI Live Review Study plan to prepare for NCLEX
  4. Students will be enrolled into the Virtual ATI onlne NCLEX review for post-graduation support to prepare for NCLEX.  
Students scoring below 92% probability of NCLEX success on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor will be required to complete the following:  

  1. Repeat NURS 493 course at no additional cost including:
    1. Completing alternative capstone assignments
    2. Completing ATI assessments
    3. Retaking the ATI Comprehensive Predictor
    4. Attending the ATI Live Review if Comprehensive Predictor is passed.  
  2. Students who have repeated NURS 493 and passed the course will be identified as needing additional support and, after attending the Live Review and meeting all University requirements to graduate and test for NCLEX, will be enrolled in the Virtual ATI online NCLEX review for continued post-graduation review and support to prepare for NCLEX.  

Nursing Corequisite Course Drop

Pre-licensure Nursing students who are enrolled in courses with corequisites must maintain enrollment in both courses throughout the term.  If a student is seeking to drop, or is dropped/withdrawn from a course with a corequisite, the co-requisite course will also be dropped.  The drop of the corequisite will not count as an unsuccessful attempt.  When a student drops, or is dropped/withdrawn from a course with a corequisite after the Withdrawal (W) deadline, as published in the University Catalog, the student will be permitted to continue in the corequisite course.

Transfer Credit Requirement:

To receive transfer credit for this program, previous General Education course must have achieve a grade of at least a "C", and Core courses require a minimum grade of a "C+".  Approval on transfer credit is based on the program's discretion.  

Admission Requirements

BSN Entrance Examination Requirements  

BSN applicants will have a maximum of two attempts, a week apart, to successfully pass the admissions exam. If an applicant does not pass the admissions exam after two attempts, he or she must wait a period of 6 months to retest and must provide proof of remediation. WCU only collects Verbal and Quantitative scores for SAT and ACT and must be within three (3) years of enrollment date.  HESI exam scores must be within three (3) years of enrollment date.  TEAS exam scores must be within three (3) years of enrollment date.  

BSN & LVN-BSN Transfer Credit Evaluation

BSN applicants requesting transfer credit evaluation must provide official transcripts to the registrar no later than the first day of the first semester in which the student commences their education at West Coast University. General education, prerequisites, and core nursing coursework taken from regionally accredited institution will be considered and evaluated for transfer credit. All general education, prerequisite, and core nursing coursework must have been taken at an appropriately accredited institution. For nursing credits to be considered for transfer credit there can be only one year between the end of the last nursing course taken at a previous institution and the beginning of the first course at West Coast University. Exceptions may be considered.  The student must be listed in good standing with the prior institution. Science courses must be taken within the last five years to be accepted for transfer credit. Course syllabi for courses previously taken at another nursing program should be submitted for review to the campus dean for nursing.  The maximum allowable transfer credits applied to the BSN program shall not exceed 52 credits of general education. For additional information on receiving nursing credit for previously completed nursing courses, see the Challenge Credit policy.  Authority for all final transfer credit decisions is given to the Program Dean/Chair.

LVN-BSN Licensure Requirements

LVN to BSN applicants who possess a current unobstructed LVN license may be admitted into the West Coast University LVN to BSN program without requiring transcripts if they meet all other specific program admission requirements, which would include military training.  LVN’s who were able to obtain their LVN license using their military training as the academic qualifier and those who have graduated from a school that has since closed and transcripts are no longer available.

LVN to RN 30 Unit Option

In addition to the 120 Unit LVN to BSN program, West Coast University offers a 30 unit option for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  Students considering taking the 30 unit option will take Physiology, Microbiology, and selected pre-licensure nursing courses.  Students who choose the 30 unit option will not receive a certificate or degree from West Coast University and are not considered a graduate of the University.  Students interested in the 30 unit option must declare this option prior to enrolling in the WCU LVN to BSN program.  Once students have enrolled and have started the WCU LVN to BSN program, the 30 unit option is not available.  Financial aid is not available for students choosing the 30 unit option since this is not a pathway leading to a degree.    


Students who successfully complete the LVN to RN 30 Unit Option will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination.  More information can be found in the RN Student Handbook on the West Coast University website.  Please contact the campus Nursing department for further details. 

RN to BSN Transfer Credits

The RN to BSN program awards 42 transfer credits for an unobstructed current RN license issued in the United States and up to 42 credits of general education transfer credits (total of 84 transfer credits).  

Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program are exempt from specific general education requirements.  There is no science recency requirement for RN to BSN students.    

Students who request transfer credits for courses in the core curriculum must submit official transcripts by the first day of the first term in which the student commences his or her education at the University. 

Students requesting additional general education transfer credits must provide official transcripts no later than six months after the start of the semester in which the student commences his or her education at the University.  Only college-level coursework will be considered for transfer credit.  All coursework must have been taken at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. 

BSN and LVN-BSN Admissions Requirements-CALIFORNIA (Effective Spring 1, 2022)

1. Submit a completed WCU application for admissions;

       2. Participate in an admissions interview arranged by a University admissions advisor;

3. Submit WCU approved documentation of high school graduation or equivalent; (Please Note: Foreign high school diplomas/credentials or their equivalent must have an official evaluation
performed by an approved organization)

4. Complete an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age);

5. Meet program specific entrance requirements;

a. Submit all postsecondary transcripts:

i. Applicants with 18 or more postsecondary credits, from institution recognized by an accreditation body approved by the U.S. Department of Education, will be evaluated on their cumulative grade point average.

ii. Applicants with fewer than 18 postsecondary credits, from institution recognized by an accreditation body approved by the U.S. Department of Education will be evaluated based on their high school cumulative grade point average.

b. Applicants to the LVN-BSN program must provide proof of current unobstructed licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

c. Must achieve an acceptable composite score based on entrance examination and cumulative GPA requirements defined as follows:

1. Applicants with a composite point value of 8 or above (combination of Entrance Exam and cGPA) will be admitted to the program.

2. Any applicant with an entrance examination score or Cumulative GPA requirement below the requirement noted in the tables below will be denied admissions.


Composite Score 
 8 + Admitted 
 A student scoring less than a 76 on the HESI or with a GPA of less than a 2.0 will be denied admissions to the University.


Entrance Exam Point Value:

SAT (2 Sections) 
SAT (3 sections) 
Point Value
22 1045  1650  58  83 
975 1550
19 940
870 1400
Admissions Denied Below This Point


Cumulative GPA Point Value:

Admissions Denied Below 2.0

30 Unit Option Admissions Requirements - California

An applicant to the 30 unit option LVN program does not have to take an admission test for entry into the program.  The applicant must have an active unencumbered LVN license for admission.  If the applicant decides to pursue the LVN-BSN option, admission criteria for the degree program must be met.  

Postsecondary Transcripts - California

All applicants are required to submit all official postsecondary transcripts by the first day of the term in order to be admitted to the university.  

If official transcripts are not received by this stated deadline or if the official transcripts are submitted and it is found that the student did not meet the academic performance requirements as was demonstrated on the unofficial transcripts, the individual would be dismissed, all state and federal Title IV funds will be returned and the student would be financially responsible for all tuition charges incurred. 

An applicant whose transcripts are unavailable (including foreign applicants without a grade point average, or individuals with a high school equivalency) will receive a 3-point value toward program admission, similar to an individual with a 2.25 cumulative grade point average.

Transfer credit will not be awarded based on unofficial transcripts and all students will be scheduled for their first semester of courses based on unofficial transfer credit review. Financial packaging will be estimated without transfer credit unless/until official transcripts are received and evaluated during the payment period or period of enrollment.


RN to BSN (Online) Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the following standards:

  1. Provide proof of a current unobstructed Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States.
    1. Students awaiting their licensure exam may be admitted if they meet all other admissions criteria but must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.  
  2. Individuals with 15 or more college-level credits are required to have a 2.25 GPA in post-secondary education.  

    1. Applicants with 15 or more college-level credits and a GPA of 2.0-2.24 may be considered for probationary admission after meeting the following admissions requirements:
      1. The applicant must provide a letter of intent.  
      2. The applicant must be approved for admission following an interview with Program Dean/Director.  
      3. The applicant must satisfy program prerequisites and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all coursework attempted over the first trimester (two terms).  Students failing to meet these requirements following the first trimester (two terms) will be withdrawn from the university. 
  3. Submit official transcripts from a Board of Nursing licensed Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program;
    1. Applicants can be conditionally admitted into the first week of the program by providing unofficial transcripts or a copy of the conferred nursing degree.  Official transcripts which meet the requirements set forth must be received by the end of the add/drop period in order to be admitted in to the program.  
    2. Applicants with a valid license may be admitted with approved documentation of earned high school degree or equivalent pending receipt of official transcripts of nursing degree.  Official transcripts must be submitted to document program completion.  

*All students must have a current and unobstructed license in the United States prior to entering the third trimester of the program; an unobstructed license is required for degree completion and will be verified again prior to entering the practicum course.  Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such time license is current and unobstructed.