University History

West Coast University was originally founded in 1909 as an ophthalmology school. Over subsequent years, the university diversified its program offerings in multiple academic disciplines and offered at multiple degree levels.  In May of 1997, new leadership emerged and the University was reorganized with a focus on health science programs. Highlights of the University's recent history include the following:

  • 2006 -- Opening of the Los Angeles campus
  • 2007 -- (September) Opening of branch campus in Orange County
  • 2007 -- (September) The University launches online courses
  • 2008 -- (November) Opening of branch campus in Ontario, California
  • 2009 -- Dental Hygiene program (Orange County campus) attained professional accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • 2009 -- Bachelor of Science, Nursing program receives initial professional accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • 2010 -- (June) WCU approved to offer master's degree programs in Nursing and Health Care Management
  • 2012 -- (February) Opening of branch campus in Dallas, Texas
  • 2013 -- (August) Opening of Center for Graduate Studies in Los Angeles, and matriculation of first cohort of students in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program
  • 2014 -- Doctor of Physical Therapy program achieves candidacy status through Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • 2014 -- (April) Opening of branch campus in Miami, Florida
  • 2015 -- (June) Doctor of Pharmacy program achieves candidacy status through Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • 2016 – (December) Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • 2017 -- (January) Master of Public Health program starts offering courses.
  • 2017 – (February) The University is granted reaffirmation  of  accreditation for eight years by  the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • 2017 -- Doctor of Physical Therapy granted full accreditation by CAPTE
  • 2017 -- Occupational Therapy Doctorate awarded candidacy status by ACOTE
  • 2018 -- Doctor of Pharmacy awarded full accreditation by ACPE