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2021 Best Colleges for Allied Health Professions

Approximately 50,074 allied health professions degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Allied Health Professions ranking analyzed 96 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in allied health professions. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Allied Health Professions students.

Choosing a Great Allied Health Professions School

Best Colleges for Allied Health Professions The allied health program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality allied health program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 28% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 33%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 444 to 84 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

Allied Health Professions graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average allied health professions bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $50,698, graduates of colleges on this list average $72,307.

Starting Salary  ( 51162 to 86437 )
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$114,900

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Allied Health Professions students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other allied health professions students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized allied health professions related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Allied Health Professions students.

More Ways to Rank Allied Health Professions Schools

The allied health school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Allied Health Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

Best Schools to Study Allied Health Professions in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study allied health professions. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 14 Best Allied Health Colleges

Any student pursuing a degree in allied health professions has to look into University of Washington - Seattle Campus. UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the city of Seattle. A Best Colleges rank of 97 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great university overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UW Seattle also offers a Master's Degrees in allied health professions. Graduates from the allied health professions degree program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus make $50,528 more than the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

Every student who is interested in allied health professions has to look into D'Youville College. D'Youville College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large city of Buffalo. This college ranks 518th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 76 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, D'Youville College is one of the most popular colleges to study allied health in the United States. D'Youville College allied health professions students earn $27,828 more than the average allied health graduate.

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Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University is a great option for individuals pursuing a Allied Health Professions degree. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 344th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Thomas Jefferson University offers a Master's Degrees in allied health professions. Allied Health Professions majors from Thomas Jefferson University earn a boost of about $6,928 over the average earnings of allied health professions majors.

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Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University is one of the best schools in the United States for allied health professions. Located in the large suburb of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 222 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means SUNY Stony Brook is a great university overall.

With 103 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Stony Brook University is one of the most popular universities to study allied health in the United States. Students from the allied health professions degree program at Stony Brook University make $21,728 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 178 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means RIT is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for allied health professions undergraduates, there were roughly 98 students who graduated from this program at RIT in the most recent data year. Students from the allied health professions major at Rochester Institute of Technology make $5,328 more than the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public university located in the small city of New Brunswick. A Best Colleges rank of 183 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Rutgers New Brunswick is a great university overall.

There were approximately 92 allied health professions students who graduated from this program at Rutgers New Brunswick in the most recent year we have data available. Students from the allied health professions degree program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick earn $3,528 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

OIT is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Klamath Falls. This school ranks 550th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

For those interested in shorter degree, OIT also offers an Associate's Degrees in allied health professions. Students from the allied health professions major at Oregon Institute of Technology earn $6,528 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Hamden. A Best Colleges rank of 255 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Quinnipiac is a great university overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Quinnipiac also offers a Master's Degrees in allied health professions. After graduation, allied health students generally make around $59,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

A favorite choice for allied health professions undergrads, there were approximately 67 individuals who graduated from this program at Emory in the most recent data year. Grads of the allied health program state that they receive average early career wages of $56,800.

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Located in the city of Boston, MCPHS University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 424th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 295 allied health professions individuals who graduated from this degree at MCPHS University in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, allied health students usually make about $61,900 in their early careers.

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STJ is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Queens. This university ranks 563rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 78 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, St John's University - New York is one of the most popular universities to study allied health in the United States. St John's University - New York allied health professions majors receive $26,428 more than the typical allied health student.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

SLU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Saint Louis. A Best Colleges rank of 134 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means SLU is a great university overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, SLU also offers a Master's Degrees in allied health professions. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $54,000.

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St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

Located in the city of Saint Paul, St. Kate's is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 515th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were roughly 106 allied health professions students who graduated from this degree at St. Kate's in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, allied health students typically make around $61,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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Mizzou is a very large public university located in the city of Columbia. This university ranks 274th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Mizzou offers a Master's Degrees in allied health professions. Graduates of the allied health program report average early career wages of $54,700.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Allied Health Professions award.

Rank College Location
15 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
16 LIU Post Brookville, NY
17 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
18 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
19 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
20 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
21 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
22 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
23 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
24 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

Allied Health Professions by Region

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One of 34 majors within the Health Professions area of study, Allied Health Professions has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 297,747
Health & Medical Administrative Services 48,644
Public Health 34,192
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 30,460
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 27,972

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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