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2022 Best Health/Medical Prep Programs Associate Degree Schools

89 Colleges in the United States
2,797 Associate Degrees
Health/Medical Prep Programs is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #35 most popular associate degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 89 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for health/medical prep programs students pursuing a associate degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,797 associate degrees in health/medical prep programs during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Health/Medical Prep Programs School for Your Associate Degree

Best Health/Medical Prep Programs Associate Degree Schools Your choice of health/medical prep programs for getting your associate degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a associate degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The vast majority of the colleges on this list are in at least the top 55% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 793 to 156 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

The average early-career salary of those graduating with their associate degree in health/medical prep programs is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. Associate Degree holders from a school in the United States make an average starting salary of $33,767, but the students who attended one of the top 25 schools of our list make an average of $37,171.

Starting Salary  ( 4396 to 47003 )
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$68,200

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 health/medical prep programs students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other health/medical prep programs students want to attend this school to pursue a associate degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt health/medical prep programs students go into to obtain their associate degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized health/medical prep programs related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for health/medical prep programs students working on their associate degree.

More Ways to Rank Health/Medical Prep Programs Schools

The medical prep 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 Health/Medical Prep Programs Associate Degree Schools.

Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Health/Medical Prep Programs in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in health/medical prep programs. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

13 Top Schools for an Associate in Medical Prep

117 Annual Graduates
$18,000 Median Student Debt

University of Alaska Anchorage is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing an associate degree in health/medical prep programs. UAA is a large public university located in the city of Anchorage. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #324 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means UAA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 117 health/medical prep programs students who graduated with this degree at UAA in the most recent data year. Associate recipients from the health/medical prep programs major at University of Alaska Anchorage earn $34,433 above the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

Essex County College

Newark, NJ

Essex County College is a great decision for individuals interested in an associate degree in health/medical prep programs. Located in the large city of Newark, Essex is a public college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #126 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Essex is a great college overall.

There were approximately 150 health/medical prep programs individuals who graduated with this degree at Essex in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their associate from the medical prep program report average early career wages of $21,100.

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57 Annual Graduates

Wharton County Junior College is a great decision for students interested in an associate degree in health/medical prep programs. Located in the town of Wharton, Wharton County Junior College is a public college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #309 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Wharton County Junior College is a great college overall.

There were about 57 health/medical prep programs students who graduated with this degree at Wharton County Junior College in the most recent data year.

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#4

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
13 Annual Graduates
$12,000 Median Student Debt

Mount Saint Mary's University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting an associate degree in health/medical prep programs. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, MSMU is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #28 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means MSMU is a great university overall.

Mount Saint Mary's University is a fairly popular university to study medical prep in the United States with approximately 13 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#5

Mendocino College

Ukiah, CA
57 Annual Graduates

Mendocino College is a small public college located in the rural area of Ukiah. This college ranks 65th out of 114 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

With 57 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Mendocino College is one of the most popular colleges to study medical prep in the United States.

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283 Annual Graduates
$13,805 Median Student Debt

Tulsa Community College is a large public college located in the large city of Tulsa. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #312 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means Tulsa Community College is a great college overall.

There were about 283 health/medical prep programs individuals who graduated with this degree at Tulsa Community College in the most recent data year. Associate graduates who receive their degree from the medical prep program earn around $25,700 for their early career.

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43 Annual Graduates
$15,750 Median Student Debt

Located in the town of Miami, NEO A&M College is a public college with a small student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #430 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means NEO A&M College is a great college overall.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College is one of the most popular colleges to study medical prep in the United States with approximately 43 graduations in the most recent data year. Associate recipients from the health/medical prep programs degree program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College make $17,633 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#8

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA
311 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Milledgeville, Georgia Military College is a public college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #322 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Georgia Military College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 311 health/medical prep programs individuals who graduated with this degree at Georgia Military College in the most recent year we have data available.

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230 Annual Graduates
$6,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the rural area of Goodman, Holmes Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 1st out of 19 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

There were about 229.99999999999997 health/medical prep programs students who graduated with this degree at Holmes Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Associate graduates who receive their degree from the medical prep program earn about $20,800 in their early career salary.

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#10

Connors State College

Warner, OK
38 Annual Graduates
$10,750 Median Student Debt

CSC is a small public college located in the remote area of Warner. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #315 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means CSC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 38 health/medical prep programs students who graduated with this degree at CSC in the most recent year we have data available. Associate recipients from the health/medical prep programs major at Connors State College make $23,933 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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63 Annual Graduates

Located in the rural area of Wesson, Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 6th out of 19 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a fairly popular college to study medical prep in the United States with approximately 63 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#12

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
28 Annual Graduates
$16,547 Median Student Debt

Ferris is a fairly large public university located in the town of Big Rapids. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #275 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Ferris is a great university overall.

There were roughly 28 health/medical prep programs students who graduated with this degree at Ferris in the most recent data year.

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#13

Atlantic Cape Community College

Mays Landing, NJ
44 Annual Graduates

Atlantic Cape Community College is a small public college located in the rural area of Mays Landing. This college ranks 21st out of 28 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were about 44 health/medical prep programs individuals who graduated with this degree at Atlantic Cape Community College in the most recent data year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Health/Medical Prep Programs Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
14 Rose State College Midwest City, OK
15 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
16 Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, NE
17 Walla Walla University College Place, WA
18 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
19 Howard College Big Spring, TX
20 The University of Findlay Findlay, OH
21 Northwest University Kirkland, WA
22 East Mississippi Community College Scooba, MS

Health/Medical Prep Programs by Region

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New England
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
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One of 30 majors within the Health Professions area of study, Health/Medical Prep Programs has other similar majors worth exploring.

Medical Prep Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Pre-Nursing Studies 1,291
Other Health/Medical Preparatory Programs 1,093
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 211
Pre-Pharmacy Studies 102
Pre-Dentistry Studies 47
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 38
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies 11
Pre-Physician Assistant 3
Pre-Optometry Studies 1

Majors Similar to Medical Prep

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 84,795
Allied Health Professions 27,271
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 18,777
Health & Medical Administrative Services 16,596
Health Sciences & Services 8,214
Dental Support Services 5,733
Mental & Social Health Services 3,890
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 3,116
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 1,693
Other Health Professions 1,105

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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