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West Coast University (WCU) is a private, for-profit university focused on healthcare degrees, campus locations include Los Angeles, Anaheim and Ontario, California, Dallas, Texas, and Miami, Florida. It is not related to a school of the same name operating out of Panama. David Pyle founded American Career College in 1979 under the name of American College of Optics. Originally the school focused only on optical dispensing. In May 1997, Mr. Pyle purchased West Coast University, which was founded in 1909, out of bankruptcy and developed a program for the training of registered nurses
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The following is the list of scholars from West Coast University who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences