WCU

Accreditation and Approvals

 


Program
Accreditor
Address
Disclosure / Other Information
Institutional Accreditation
WASC Senior College and University Commission

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100

Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 748-9001

www.wascsenior.org

West Coast University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a regional accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Original Accreditation: January 1963 to March 1997

New Grant: November 4, 2011

Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
800-621-8099 or (312) 440-4653
http://www.ada.org/en/coda/accreditation/
The Dental Hygiene program offered at the Orange County campus is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
Bachelor of Science Nursing
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036,
(202) 877-6791
www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE-accreditation
 The Nursing Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Programs at all campuses are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN & LVN-BSN)
California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) 1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 322-3350
http://www.rn.ca.gov
 The nursing pre-licensure (LVN to BSN and BSN) programs offered at West Coast University are approved by  the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN & LVN-BSN)
Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) 333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, TX 78701
www.bon.state.tx.us.com 
 West Coast University is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing for the pre-licensure nursing (BSN) programs.
Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN & LPN-BSN)
Florida Board of Nursing 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-10
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252
(850) 245-4125
www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/
 
 
Master of Science, Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-2682
http://www.aota.org/Educate/Accredit.aspx

The entry-level MSOT Program at WCU received accreditation in December 11, 2014 from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-2682, and their web address is acoteonline.org. Program graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition,  states require licensure to practice; however, state licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Doctorate of Science, Occupational Therapy (OTD) Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 
(301) 652-2682 
http://www.aota.org/Educate/Accredit.aspx 
West Coast University's Doctor of Occupational therapy program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.  Upon receiving full accreditation, this program's graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Inc.  An individual will be considered an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) following successfu; completion of the above-mentioned exam.  Though most states require licensure in order to practice, the state licenses are usually contingent on successful passage of the NBCOT Certification Examination.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination as well as eligibility to obtain state licensure.  For further questions, one may reach ACOTE by phone c/o AOTA, at (301) 652-AOTA.  The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be reached at www.nbcot.org.  
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)  1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-3245
accreditation@apta.org
http://www.capteonline.org/Home.aspx  
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  http://www.capteonline.org.
Doctor of Pharmacy Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)  135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org

Programmatic Accreditation

West Coast University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 866/228-2631, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

 

Candidate Status

With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.

Accreditation Disclosure Statement 

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Precandidate status, Candidate status, and Accredited status.

Precandidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the School to admit its first class.

Candidate status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class. Accredited status is awareded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class.  Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program.  ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions.  It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.  

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the West Coast University School of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate status during the June 21-24, 2017, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted March 15-16, 2017, and discussion with University and School officials. If the program continues to develop as planned, accreditation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be considered by the Board following the graduation of students from the program.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LICENSURE TO PRACTICE AS A PHARMACIST IS REQUIRED IN EVERY STATE.  HOWEVER, THE EXAM AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS VARY BY STATE.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO RESEARCH THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE IN WHICH YOU PLAN TO PRACTICE.