The ‘AHA’ Moment

Ashley Turbay, BSN ’22

There comes a time in everyone’s life that serves as the ‘aha’ moment that be-gins the next chapter. For many West Coast University (WCU) students, this is the defining decision to commit their time and finances to attend nursing school. The decision, according to some WCU students, is an easy one to make because of how seamless the university makes the entire process.

“It took me a really long time to get here,” said Ashley Turbay, a BSN graduate of the Class of 2022. “I had always wanted to go to nursing school but my life went in a different direction. It was a fellow parent at my child’s school, who was a WCU alum, who encouraged me to look into the school. It all happened really fast be-cause there was no waitlist and everything was outlined for you by the advisor up front.”

One of the reasons that students feel so at ease when making the choice to en-roll at WCU is due, in large part, to the admissions and financial aid teams. From start to finish, each potential student understands a clear path to enrollment and subsequently graduation. This is welcome change for many prospects who are often deterred from continuing their studies be-cause of pre-requisites and aligning credit transfers. Another deterrent is applying for financing and knowing where to even start. At WCU, from credits to financial aid, advisors clearly and concisely outline everything so students can focus on their studies.

“I didn’t believe it when a friend who was a WCU alum told me how simple the whole process was. I kept asking, ‘what’s the catch’,” said Maisha Gayle West, BSN ‘22 graduate. “Time is of the essence when it comes to getting a response and a start date. WCU was truthful and stayed true to what they said.”

WCU advisors, staff and professors follow students throughout their studies to provide them with the resources and sup-port they need to reach graduation and pass the NCLEX. Their goal is student success. The school’s campus facilities foster a culture of community and leadership that guide students throughout their health-care education. For many students, this is a transformational experience for them and their families.

“I had always wanted to be in the medical field as a physician’s assistant. My friend, who was already enrolled at WCU told me that nurses, especially during the pandemic, had more opportunities. I called the university on a whim and, before I knew it, I was enrolled into the core nursing program. I can’t thank the school enough for everything they did to get me to where I am today,” said James Suro, ADN graduate for ‘22.

The university focuses on a student-centric approach that combines critical thinking, industry-current technology, and hands-on experience that helps position students and graduates to become leaders in their fields. Earning an education from WCU offers students all the necessary tools to navigate the evolving land-scape and achieve success.


WCU offers career placement assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

The opinion is the individual’s sole opinion and not necessarily representative of that of the school, any instructor, or any student. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the University has moved some of the on-ground courses into a distance education modality. However, as soon as the COVID-19 circumstances change, students will be expected to return on campus to complete their program onsite in the regular learning modality as approved by WSCUC and out-lined in the university catalog.

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