It was obvious long before the pandemic that we need well-prepared and compassionate workers in the health and medicine fields. Health and medicine is crucial to our everyday lives—and some students are made the thrive in the field. If you’re considering pursuing a health science major, these schools are a great place to start your search.
All the colleges and universities on this list are located in the Western US and offer fantastic, comprehensive health science programs in varying disciples—and you connect with all of them quickly and easily! You’ll find a green “Connect me” button underneath each featured Health and Medicine school. If you’re interested in learning more, just click the button—then they'll reach out to you with more info. This could be your launch point to a great health care career!
Abilene Christian University
Founded in 1906, Abilene Christian University is a private, coeducational university with a 262-acre campus in Abilene, Texas. With a total enrollment of 5,292 students, the University offers a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and class sizes of fewer than 20 students. Included in its 79 undergraduate majors, ACU’s Body & Soul program prepares students for entry into health-related professional schools in medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, optometry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
California Baptist University
Founded 1950, California Baptist University is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts university with a 160-acre campus in Riverside, California—60 miles east of Los Angeles. This larger University has a student body of 11,045, a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 22 students. CBU offers health care majors through the College of Nursing—with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees—and the College of Health Science—with programs in Allied Health, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health Sciences, and more.
Colorado Christian University
Founded in 1914, Colorado Christian University
is a religious-oriented, coeducational university with a 26-acre campus in Lakewood, Colorado—only 10 miles from Denver. With 7,587 students on campus, new students can expect a 16:1 student-faculty ratio and classes of fewer than 20 students. Students can pursue physical and occupational therapy, medicine, and more or apply for CCU’s Bachelor of Science Nursing program, which offers extensive experience through partnerships with hospitals throughout the Denver metro area.
Founded in 1887, Gonzaga University is a church-affiliated university offering programs through its College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Business Administration, Education, and Engineering on a 131-acre campus in Spokane, Washington. Gonzaga offers health science students programs in Human Physiology, Nursing, and Nurse Anesthesia as well as offering pre-professional tracks in Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary for students in any major.
Founded in 1858, Linfield University is an independent, comprehensive undergraduate university with a 189-acre campus In McMinnville, Oregon—38 miles from Portland. The University offers its 1,500 students an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and class sizes of fewer than 20 students. Linfield offers majors in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Public Health: Health Promotion as well as numerous minors and pre-professional advising tracks.
Founded in 1849, Pacific University is a private university consisting of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, Health Professions, and Optometry on a 55-acre campus in Forest Grove, Washington—25 miles west of Portland. The University offers average class sizes of 19 students, a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, and an enrollment of 3,893 students. Undergraduates choose from more than 60 fields of study, including Exercise Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Public Health. Pacific offers pre-professional and pre-med tracks for undergraduates as well as a professional bachelor’s degree program in Dental Hygiene.
Founded in 1908, Reed College is a private liberal arts college with a 100-acre campus in Portland, Oregon. Offering programs through its Divisions of the Arts; History and Social Sciences; Literature and Languages; Mathematics and Natural Sciences; and Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics, its population consists of 1,483 students, resulting in a 10:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 17. Reed offers pre-health advisors to help guide health science students in their majors.
University of Puget Sound
Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a coeducational public university with a 97-acre campus in Tacoma, Washington. With a 11:1 student-faculty ratio, Puget Sound’s 2,608 students attend classes with fewer than 20 students. Health sciences students can major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Bioethics, Biology, Exercise Science, Natural Science, Psychology, or Science, Technology & Society. The University also offers specialized graduate degree and the Schools of Occupational and Physical Therapy.
University of the Pacific
Founded in 1851, the University of the Pacific is a comprehensive private university with a 175-acre campus in Stockton, California—85 miles east of San Francisco. The University offers its 6,447 students a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and more than 100 majors and minors. Students interested in health and medicine can apply for U of the Pacific’s Pre-pharmacy or Pre-dental Advantage Programs, which both offer five-year 2+3, six-year 3+3, and seven-year 4+3 pathway options based on a student’s academic standing.
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