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2021 Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

745 Colleges
258,211 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,797 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Health Professions Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsHealth Professions is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 258,211 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

For this year's Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 745 colleges that offer a bachelor's in health professions. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality health professions programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the health professions program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Health Professions Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 25 Health Professions Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

D'Youville College tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional health professions students. Located in the large city of Buffalo, D'Youville College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, D'Youville College has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking.

The student loan default rate at D’Youville College is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,225 students at D’Youville College that take at least one class online. 899 of D’Youville College students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Thomas Jefferson University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Thomas Jefferson University did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

About 3.3% of Thomas Jefferson University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,380 students at Thomas Jefferson University that take at least one class online. 2,033 students are part time.

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#3

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI

Viterbo University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best health professions schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of La Crosse, Viterbo is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Viterbo did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. Approximately 449 students take at least one class online at Viterbo. About 754 of the students at Viterbo are attending part time. Viterbo does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

University of Providence

Great Falls, MT

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Providence. Located in the small city of Great Falls, University of Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. University of Providence excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.4%. 466 of University of Providence students are exclusively distance learners. About 521 of the students at University of Providence are attending part time. University of Providence does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Molloy College. Molloy is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rockville Centre. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Molloy has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking.

About 2.8% of Molloy students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 818 students take at least one class online at Molloy. There are roughly 1,834 part time students in attendance at Molloy. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best health professions schools for non-traditional students. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

The student loan default rate at Capella University is lower than is typical, just 6.8% of students default in three years. All 37,171 students take classes exclusively online at Capella University. 33,962 students are part time. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. There are approximately 121,437 students at WGU and they are all exclusively distance learners. WGU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA

Our rankings recognize Immaculata University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Immaculata is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Immaculata. Immaculata excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.2%. Approximately 566 students take at least one class online at Immaculata. 1,430 of Immaculata students are attending part time. Immaculata does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

United States University

San Diego, CA

United States University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of San Diego, USU is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

720 of USU students are exclusively distance learners. 488 of USU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Rivier University

Nashua, NH

Rivier University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best health professions schools for non-traditional students. Rivier is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashua. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Rivier also did well on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at Rivier is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. 750 of Rivier students are exclusively distance learners. 1,211 of Rivier students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#11

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our rankings recognize Walden University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at Walden University is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. All 50,360 students take classes exclusively online at Walden University. 29,283 of Walden University students are attending part time. Walden University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, NJ

Our rankings recognize College of Saint Elizabeth as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Morristown, CSE is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. CSE also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at CSE is lower than is typical, just 8.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 203 students at CSE that take at least one class online. 469 of CSE students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#13

Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, OH

Ursuline College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 best health professions schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Pepper Pike, Ursuline College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Ursuline College also did well on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at Ursuline College is lower than is typical, just 4.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 266 students take at least one class online at Ursuline College. There are roughly 502 part time students in attendance at Ursuline College.

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#14

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Lauderdale, Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 6.4% of Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 8,544 of Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale students are exclusively distance learners. About 6,905 of the students at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Florida National University - Main Campus earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Hialeah, Florida National University - Main Campus is a private for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Florida National University - Main Campus also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.1%. Approximately 1,791 students take at least one class online at Florida National University - Main Campus. 1,357 students are part time.

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#16

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA

Our rankings recognize Gwynedd Mercy University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Gwynedd Valley, Gwynedd - Mercy is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Gwynedd - Mercy is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

About 4.6% of Gwynedd - Mercy students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 887 students at Gwynedd - Mercy are exclusively online. 402 of Gwynedd - Mercy students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#17

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

Holy Family University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best health professions schools for non-traditional students. Holy Family is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Holy Family also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking.

About 5.7% of Holy Family students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 486 students at Holy Family are exclusively online. About 1,461 of the students at Holy Family are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Texas at Arlington earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UT Arlington is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

About 5.8% of UT Arlington students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 18,425 students at UT Arlington are exclusively online. There are roughly 24,029 part time students in attendance at UT Arlington. UT Arlington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dominican University of California. DUofC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of San Rafael. DUofC also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Health Professions rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.0%. 349 of DUofC students are attending part time. DUofC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#20

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT

Our rankings recognize University of Saint Joseph as the #20 school in this year's rankings. USJ is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of West Hartford. USJ excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

The student loan default rate at USJ is lower than is typical, just 2.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 342 students take at least one class online at USJ. 1,127 of USJ students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#21

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oregon Institute of Technology. OIT is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Klamath Falls. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, OIT also did well on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at OIT is lower than is typical, just 3.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 795 students at OIT that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,976 part time students in attendance at OIT. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#22

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, K -State also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.7%. There are approximately 3,564 students at K -State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,383 part time students in attendance at K -State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of St Francis comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. University of Saint Francis is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Joliet. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Saint Francis also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking.

About 4.2% of University of Saint Francis students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,718 of University of Saint Francis students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,316 part time students in attendance at University of Saint Francis. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#24

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. Drexel excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Health Professions list.

About 3.1% of Drexel students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,528 students at Drexel that take at least one class online. 6,322 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Illinois at Chicago earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIC is a very large public school located in the large city of Chicago. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UIC also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. Approximately 5,751 students take at least one class online at UIC. 4,566 of UIC students are attending part time. UIC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
#27

Elms College

Chicopee, MA
#29

Simmons University

Boston, MA
#30

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#31

LIU Post

Brookville, NY
#32

Dominican College of Blauvelt

Orangeburg, NY
#36

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL
#37

Carlow University

Pittsburgh, PA
#39

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN
#41

Misericordia University

Dallas, PA
#42

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#44

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI
#45

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, TN
#47

Felician University

Lodi, NJ

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 745 different United States health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
52 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
53 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
54 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
55 New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, NM
56 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
57 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
58 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
59 George Washington University Washington, DC
60 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
61 Creighton University Omaha, NE
62 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
63 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
64 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
65 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
66 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
67 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
68 Concordia University, Irvine Irvine, CA
69 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
70 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
71 Iowa State University Ames, IA
72 Winston - Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
73 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
74 New York University New York, NY
75 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
76 Mount Aloysius College Cresson, PA
77 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
78 Regis University Denver, CO
79 Lehman College Bronx, NY
80 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
81 Marymount University Arlington, VA
82 University of North Texas Denton, TX
83 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
84 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
85 Excelsior College Albany, NY
86 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
87 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
88 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
89 The Sage Colleges Troy, NY
90 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
91 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
92 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
93 Weber State University Ogden, UT
94 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
95 Trident University International Cypress, CA
96 National University La Jolla, CA
97 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
98 Alvernia University Reading, PA
99 Utica College Utica, NY
100 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
101 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
102 Marian University Indianapolis, IN
103 Florida International University Miami, FL
104 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
105 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
106 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
107 Pace University - New York New York, NY
108 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
109 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
110 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
111 Union University Jackson, TN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Health Professions that almost earned our Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
112 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
113 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
114 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
115 Siena Heights University Adrian, MI
116 Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
117 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
118 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
119 Towson University Towson, MD
120 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
121 Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA
122 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
123 Illinois State University Normal, IL
124 American International College Springfield, MA
125 Concordia University - Portland Portland, OR
126 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
127 Utah State University Logan, UT
128 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
129 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
130 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
131 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, ME
132 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
133 Winona State University Winona, MN
134 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
135 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
136 University of Holy Cross New Orleans, LA
137 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
138 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
139 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
140 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
141 University of Delaware Newark, DE
142 Monroe College Bronx, NY
143 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
144 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
145 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
146 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
147 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
148 Goshen College Goshen, IN
149 Ball State University Muncie, IN

Health Professions by Region

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Health Professions Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 297,747
Allied Health Professions 50,338
Health & Medical Administrative Services 48,644
Public Health 34,192
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 30,460

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

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