Medical Schools

The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) was founded in 1946. In the early 1970s it formed a unique partnership with the states of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, adding Wyoming in 1996, to provide innovative and cost-effective medical education to this region, known by the acronym WWAMI. Learn more about the University of Washington School of Medicine at www.uwmedicine.org/education.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine offers a medical degree for Washington residents.Learn more about the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University at medicine.wsu.edu.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, based in Yakima Washington, graduated its first class of 70 medical students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. Since opening in 2008, PNWU has experienced significant growth and accommodates 280 medical students currently. In addition to the Yakima campus, 16 core rotation sites in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest in hospitals and clinics have welcomed PNWU-COM students for clinical training rotations in years three and four. Learn more about Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences at www.pnwu.edu.

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) has partnered with A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) to form a Region X community campus medical school located in Portland, OR, with students rotating and community health centers and other facilities across the Pacific Northwest, with aims that they may practice in high need communities when they enter the workforce. There is also a campus based at HealthPoint Community Health Center in the Renton, WA area, from which students rotate throughout Washington. Read about the NWRPCA/A.T. Still SOMA partnership and how you can participate at www.nwrpca.org.

The School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University is located in Kenmore, Washington, with clinics in Seattle and an additional campus in San Diego, California. Bastyr’s accredited naturopathic doctor (ND) degree program includes comprehensive clinical training and research. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.