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2020 Best Colleges for Health Professions

Approximately 960,002 health professions degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Health Professions ranking analyzed 591 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in health professions. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 colleges for Health Professions students.

Choosing a Great Health Professions School

Best Colleges for Health Professions The health professions program you select can have a big impact on your future. 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:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection 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 33% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 493 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A health professions degree from schools on this list usually results in above average income after graduation. Recent health professions graduates from U.S. schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $48,865 in 2017-2018.

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

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

Best Schools to Study Health Professions in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Health Professions degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 591 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Health Professions Colleges

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DE

Any student pursuing a degree in health professions has to check out University of Delaware. Located in the large suburb Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 92 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of Delaware is a great school overall.

There are about 673 health professions undergraduates studying this degree at U of Delaware.

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#2

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In NY
7.9% Growth in Graduates

Molloy College is among your top options if you're planning on studying health professions. Located in the large suburb Rockville Centre, Molloy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 242nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 655 students enrolled, Molloy College is one of most popular colleges to study health professions in United States.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NJ

Rutgers University - New Brunswick is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a Health Professions degree. Located in the small city New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 151 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Rutgers New Brunswick is a great college overall.

Rutgers New Brunswick offers health professions degrees as low as a One to Two Year Certificates and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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University of Mississippi

University, MS
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MS

Any student pursuing a degree in health professions has to check out University of Mississippi. Ole Miss is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of University. This school ranks 378th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Mississippi.

There are roughly 1301 health professions undergraduates studying this program at Ole Miss.

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D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In NY
14.2% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Buffalo, D'Youville College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 538th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

D'Youville College is a fairly popular college to study health professions in United States with more than 681 graduates last year.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MO

SLU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Louis. A Best Colleges rank of 109 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means SLU is a great college overall.

SLU offers health professions degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In MI

Located in the large city Detroit, UDM is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 289th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

UDM offers health professions degrees as low as a Two to Four Year Certificates and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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LIU Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

LIU Brooklyn is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Brooklyn. This school ranks 869th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.More…

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Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, OH
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
45th Most Popular In OH

Located in the large suburb Pepper Pike, Ursuline College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 696th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

Ursuline College offers health professions degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
1.0% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great college overall.

There are roughly 1624 health professions undergrads enrolled in this degree at UW Seattle.

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St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MN

Located in the large city Saint Paul, St. Kate's is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 459th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

St Catherine University is a fairly popular school to study health professions in United States exceeding 786 graduations last year.

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Master Highest Degree Type
402nd Most Popular In CA

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. A Best Colleges rank of 152 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers a Master's Degree in health professions.

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#13

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MN
1.0% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population. This school ranks 837th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are approximately 5897 health professions undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Walden University.

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Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In WI

Viterbo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of La Crosse. This college ranks 799th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

Viterbo University is a fairly popular college to study health professions in United States with over 253 graduates last year.

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#15

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In FL
0.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This college ranks 382nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

A preferred major for health professions undergraduates, there are roughly 2623 students enrolled in this program at Nova Southeastern University.

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#16

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT

Quinnipiac is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hamden. A Best Colleges rank of 194 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Quinnipiac is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Quinnipiac also offers 4 different higher degree levels in health professions, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice).

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Master Highest Degree Type
26th Most Popular In OH

Located in the town Oxford, Miami of Ohio is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 271st out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

Miami University - Oxford is one of the most popular college to study health professions in United States with more than 349 graduates last year.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
6.1% Growth in Graduates

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 105 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means GWU is a great college overall.

GWU offers health professions degrees as low as a One to Two Year Certificates and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In UT

BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means BYU is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, BYU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in health professions, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In OH
3.8% Growth in Graduates

Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus. A Best Colleges rank of 206 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Ohio State is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Ohio State also offers 4 different higher degree levels in health professions, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice).

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In PA

Located in the large city Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 124 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Pitt is a great college overall.

Pitt offers health professions degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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#22

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
42nd Most Popular In TX

Located in the city Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 115 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means TCU is a great school overall.

Texas Christian University is a fairly popular college to study health professions in United States with over 425 graduations last year.

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#23

Simmons University

Boston, MA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In MA
10.3% Growth in Graduates

Simmons is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. This college ranks 257th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

For those interested in something more advanced, Simmons also offers 3 different higher degree levels in health professions, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
19.6% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb Kingston, URI is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 392nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There are approximately 962 health professions undergraduates enrolled in this degree at URI.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA

USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means USC is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, USC also offers 6 different higher degree levels in health professions, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice).

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Health Professions

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Colleges for Health Professions badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 591 different United States health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
52 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
53 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
54 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
55 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
56 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
57 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
58 LIU Post Brookville, NY
59 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
60 Brown University Providence, RI
61 Samford University Birmingham, AL
62 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
63 Rivier University Nashua, NH
64 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
65 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
66 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
67 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
68 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
69 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
70 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
71 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
72 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
73 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
74 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
75 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
76 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
77 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
78 Regis University Denver, CO
79 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
80 Union University Jackson, TN
81 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
82 Baylor University Waco, TX
83 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
84 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
85 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
86 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
87 Villanova University Villanova, PA
88 Keene State College Keene, NH

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 Health Professions award.

Rank College Location
89 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
90 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
91 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
92 Seattle University Seattle, WA
93 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
94 Ball State University Muncie, IN
95 Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD
96 Georgetown University Washington, DC
97 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
98 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
99 Winona State University Winona, MN
100 University of New England Biddeford, ME
101 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
102 Saint Francis University Loretto, PA
103 Illinois State University Normal, IL
104 Northeastern University Boston, MA
105 Widener University Chester, PA
106 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
107 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
108 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
109 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
110 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
111 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
112 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
113 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
114 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
115 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
116 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
117 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
118 Misericordia University Dallas, PA

Health Professions by Region

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Health Professions Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 293,633
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 104,465
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 90,916
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Sandra M. Palumbo.

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