Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

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Health Sciences at Whitworth

Whitworth has an extraordinary track record for equipping students to pursue and succeed in a wide variety of healthcare professions. Combine excellent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes, research opportunities, and strong career and graduate school placement rates and it’s no wonder that that Health Sciences is consistently one of Whitworth’s most popular majors and more than 90% of students who meet our pre-med advisors’ recommendations get admitted to at least one medical school.

All health science majors take general education classes across the curriculum that equip them with critical thinking, communication, intercultural, and problem-solving skills that make our graduates better healthcare providers and also well-rounded human beings and good citizens.

Health Science programs at Whitworth include:
Health Science
Community Health
Pre-Athletic Training
Pre-Medical Technology
Pre-Occupational Therapy
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Physician Assistant
MS in Athletic Training
Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
MA in Marriage & Family Therapy
Master’s in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Recent graduates include:
• Megan Colwell, pediatric occupational therapist, Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health Sciences University
• Corey Burt, chiropractor/owner, Elite Upper Cervical
• Emily (Travis) Shull, clinical research coordinator, Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, South Carolina
• Alex Hoffmann, internal medicine resident, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
• Alex Jensen, pharmacist lead, CHAS Health, Spokane, Washington
• Shannon Zalewski, physical therapist and clinic director, Performance Physical Therapy in Rancho Cordova, California
• Paul Werhane, acute care physical therapist & PT supervisor, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington



Ranked #3 among the "Best Regional Universities" in the West | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #1 among "Best Value Schools" in the West | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #1 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the West | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked one of 126 "Best in the West" colleges and universities | The Princeton Review, 2023


Ranked among the top 10 Military Friendly® Schools | Viqtory Media, 2022-2023


Ranked the #1 "Best Christian College in Washington" | Niche, 2023


Ranked the #2 "Best Liberal Arts College in Washington" | Niche, 2023


Ranked #2 among the "Best Washington Colleges for Education Majors" | Niche, 2023


Ranked #2 among "Best Small Colleges in Washington" | Niche, 2022


Ranked #2 among "Best College Campuses in Washington" | Niche, 2022


Spokane and the Region

Whitworth is located in Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington state and the hub of the Inland Northwest. The Northwest is one of the most naturally beautiful, geographically diverse, economically vibrant, and physically active regions in the country.

• Metro-population: 745,213
• Ideal four-season climate
• Outdoor recreation opportunities galore
• Skiing and snowboarding at five major ski resorts within an hour-and-a-half drive of campus
• 76 lakes and rivers
• Miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking
• Dozens of public parks
• Thriving community life that includes Spokane's acclaimed symphony, Broadway theatre performances, and concerts by local and national musicians
• Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament in the world
• Bloomsday, the city's famous 12K run


• 2,220 undergraduate enrollment
• 372 graduate enrollment
• 11:1 student-faculty ratio
• 60+ countries where students can study abroad
• 78.2% first-to-second year retention rate
• 83% percentage of graduates who finish in four years
• Geographic representation: 33 states, 43 countries
• Domestic students from Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities: 32%
• International enrollment: 5.5%
• Campus size: 200 acres

2022-2023 Costs
Tuition and fees (matriculating day students): $48,990
Room and meals: $13,100

Financial Aid
Average scholarships and grants for 2021-2022 first-year students: $45,568
Percentage of incoming students receiving financial aid: 100%
Total financial aid awarded to all students: $76.6 million

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Upon visiting campus, I was surprised by how welcoming people were. The longer I stayed, the more I realized that the campus is full of amazing people who are willing to ask questions and challenge themselves to positively impact the world around them.”

    • Taylor Pannell
      Art and English