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Schools Offering Healthcare Programs in Washington State

Around 10.2% of Washington State's graduates graduate from healthcare degree programs every year. That means an estimated 16,651 healthcare professionals graduate from Washington State's 72 healthcare schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Washington State with a healthcare program is University of Washington-Seattle Campus, which is located in Seattle. In 2010, it was ranked 13th nationwide. In 2010, University of Washington-Seattle Campus graduated 1,166 students from its healthcare program. Students at University of Washington-Seattle Campus paid $8,701 per year in tuition fees.

Washington State University, which was ranked 27th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Washington State that has a healthcare program. It is located in Pullman. In 2010, 696 students graduated from Washington State University healthcare program. Tuition at Washington State University was $9,489 per year.

The third-ranked school in Washington State with a healthcare program is Western Washington University, which is located in Bellingham. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. 143 students graduated with degree in healthcare from Western Washington University in 2010. The tuition rate at Western Washington University was $6,858 per year.


Tuition at Washington State's healthcare schools ranges from $37,225 per year to $2,610 per year. But, the average tuition is $7,567 per year. In 2010, the healthcare schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Washington State were:

  1. University of Puget Sound - located in Tacoma, students are charged $37,225 per year
  2. Gonzaga University - located in Spokane, students are charged $30,925 per year
  3. Seattle University - located in Seattle, students are charged $30,825 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Washington State healthcare schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Spokane Community College - located in Spokane, students are charged $2,610 per year
  2. Spokane Falls Community College - located in Spokane, students are charged $2,610 per year
  3. Renton Technical College - located in Renton, students are charged $2,785 per year

A healthcare degree from a Washington State school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs healthcare graduates in Washington State pursue include office manager, clinical social worker, teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped, fitness and wellness coordinator, and nurse epidemiologist. If you decide to work as a healthcare professional in Washington State, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 134,900 Washington State healthcare professional as of 2010. This number includes 980 clinical instructors, 5,770 office managers, and 3,100 clinical social workers. The largest populations of Washington State healthcare professional are working in the following counties:

  1. King County - 57,650 healthcare professionals
  2. Pierce County - 15,300 healthcare professionals
  3. Spokane County - 11,770 healthcare professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of healthcare professionals is expected to grow by 22% by 2018. There are projected to be 160,010 healthcare professionals working in Washington State then. Of these 160,010 healthcare professionals, the government predicts that 1,460 will be clinical instructors, 5,210 will be office managers, and 3,300 will be clinical social workers.


On average, healthcare professionals earn $77,762 per year. However, Washington State healthcare professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $19,270 per year to more than $161,970 per year in 2010. On average healthcare professional earn the most in the following Washington State counties:

  1. King County - $78,141 per year
  2. Skagit County - $73,805 per year
  3. Pierce County - $72,212 per year

On average, healthcare professionals earn the least in the following Washington State counties:

  1. Cowlitz County - $58,392 per year
  2. Spokane County - $62,600 per year
  3. Clallam County - $63,681 per year

On average, the highest paid healthcare professionals in Washington State were:

  1. Plastic Surgeon - $240,140 per year
  2. Allergists And Immunologist - $190,110 per year
  3. Pediatrician - $176,040 per year

On average, the lowest paid healthcare professionals in Washington State were:

  1. Certifed Medical Assistant - $33,550 per year
  2. Physical Therapy Aide - $26,970 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Washington State statistics regarding a career in healthcare and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as x ray technology or ultrasound technology.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Healthcare in Washington State
  • Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare in Washington State
  • Master's Degree in Healthcare in Washington State
  • Doctoral Degree in Healthcare in Washington State
  • Certificate in Healthcare in Washington State

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 52,490 $73,680 9.5%
Medical Secretaries 17,740 $37,530 2.0%
Medical Assistants 11,140 $33,550 21.1%
Medical and Health Services Managers 5,770 $109,670 118.6%
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 4,920 $37,630 1.9%
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 4,680 $190,110 63.6%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 4,600 $73,040 39.4%
Physical Therapists 4,110 $75,180 33.0%
Mental Health Counselors 3,640 $44,230 30.5%
Healthcare Social Workers 3,100 $53,020 45.5%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 2,870 $127,850
Speech-Language Pathologists 2,270 $69,660 20.7%
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 2,180 $71,940 49.3%
Physician Assistants 2,110 $98,620 43.5%
Occupational Therapists 1,880 $69,640 5.0%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 1,660 $46,950
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,170 $48,200 5.4%
Surgeons 1,160 $240,140 -1.7%
Physical Therapist Aides 1,130 $26,970 14.1%
Dietitians and Nutritionists 1,030 $59,180 27.2%
Health Educators 980 $47,080 -30.5%
Pediatricians, General 830 $176,040 107.5%
Physicists 780 $104,540 50.0%
Education Administrators, All Other 520 $70,280 48.6%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 470 $73,900 -57.3%
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 460 $56,250 142.1%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 330 $52,940 0.0%
Radiation Therapists 320 $90,770 45.5%
Athletic Trainers 280 $42,930 47.4%
Epidemiologists 230 $71,490 27.8%
Occupational Therapy Aides 50 $37,600 -77.3%

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