|[January 29, 2013]
West Coast University Expands Global Studies to Central America
IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Building on a successful global studies program in Oxford, England, West
Coast University announces the launch of a new Global Public Health
Initiative. The initiative, which will kick off with a project in the
Republic of Panamá this May, will provide small teams of WCU nursing
students the opportunity to fulfill a portion of their clinical hour
requirements while working on critically needed community health
With the introduction of the new initiative, the University will realize
its goal of offering multiple opportunities throughout the year to top
nursing students who wish to experience health care delivery systems
around the world. "Our Global Public Health Initiative brings an
innovative approach to clinical practice," said David Pyle, Executive
Chairman of the WCU Board. "Because the University will offer multiple
opportunities to travel, each term WCU nursing students will have a
chance to develop their professional skills in a different location with
its own set of issues and approaches to nursing."
Dr. Barry Ryan, West Coast University president, says the initiative
gives students a chance to experience different models of health care
delivery and develop a deeper understanding of how different communities
conceptualize health and well-being. "With this incredibly valuable
learning tool, future nursing professionals are able to learn and work
in an environment that is often radically different from their own-the
language is different, the technology is different, and the health care
system is different-and this exposure to cultural diversity opens their
eyes to a global perspective on health care delivery."
For the May 2013 project, WCU is working with the University of South
Florida Health International Foundation. "When you want to make sure
your activities are responsive to local needs, it is critical to have an
experienced local partner like USF HealthInternational Foundation,"
said Brian Watkins, West Coast University Director of International
Education. "USF is already on the ground in Panamá and can help identify
the most effective and beneficial interaction between our nursing
students and local communities."
West Coast University will launch the May 2013 Panamá project with a
donation to a Panamanian parish-based charity, Parroquia de Fátima-El
Chorrillo. Frank Tedman, President of Palo Alto (News - Alert) Agroindustrial, S.A. and
a friend of the charity, will be at WCU on January 30th to
accept the donation, which signifies the University's commitment to the
Panamanian communities WCU students will serve. WCU's donation will
support the parish's widespread activities, which include a food
program; a child care program for working mothers; a nursing home for
homeless elderly men and women; a medical clinic for low-income
families; an afterschool library program for school children; and
technology access and training for youth.
Similar to the University's Oxford program, nursing students must apply
and be selected to participate in the Global Public Health Initiative.
If selected, students will be fully scholarshipped, including all travel
expense and accommodations. The application process for students opens
the second week in February.
About West Coast University
West Coast University is one of Southern California's leading health
care educators, offering programs in nursing, health care management and
dental hygiene at campuses in Los Angeles, Orange (News - Alert) County and Ontario,
and nursing programs at its new campus in Dallas, Texas. The Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) awarded programmatic
accreditation to WCU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in
October 2009 and its Master of Science in Nursing program in May 2012.
WCU's Dental Hygiene program at the Orange County Campus is accredited
by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental
Association to offer the only Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental
Hygiene (BSDH) in the County. It is one of only four BSDH programs in
California. West Coast University is regionally accredited by the
Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC - www.wascsenior.org)
and by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools
(ACICS - www.acics.org.)
For more information on the Global Studies Program, see Dr.
Barry Ryan's Introductory Video on YouTube (News - Alert), or visit West
Coast University. For regular updates on WCU news visit the Dr.
Barry Ryan Blog.
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