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Great Colleges and Universities for Health and Medicine in the West

Looking for a great college to launch your health sciences career? Here's a great list of schools offering Health & Medicine degrees in the Western US.

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!

California Baptist University

California Baptist UniversityCalifornia 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. 

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Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian UniversityColorado 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. 

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Gonzaga University

Gonzaga UniversityGonzaga 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. 

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Linfield University

Linfield UniversityLinfield 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. 

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Pacific University

Pacific UniversityPacific 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. 

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University of Puget Sound

The University of Puget SoundUniversity 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.

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University logoWhitworth University is a private Presbyterian liberal arts university in Spokane, Washington. Whitworth offers more than 100 majors and programs—including Health Science, Community Health, Kinesiology as well as nine pre-professional programs—to a student body of more than 2,700 who learn in classes with an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. All health care majors take general education classes across the curriculum that equip them with critical thinking, communication, intercultural, and problem-solving skills.

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Interested in earning a health sciences degree at a school elsewhere in the country? Check out all our featured Health & Medicine School Profiles to discover more options!

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