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2021 Best Colleges for Health Professions

Approximately 660,713 health professions degrees were granted 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 Health Professions ranking analyzed 853 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 include 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 35% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 575 to 112 )
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 salaries following 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 full 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 853 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Health Professions Colleges

#1

D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

Any student pursuing a degree in health professions needs to check out D'Youville College. Located in the large city Buffalo, D'Youville College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 518th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

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

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#2

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University is a good choice for individuals interested in a Health Professions major. Located in the city Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 344th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Jefferson University offers health professions degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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#3

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy College is one of the best schools in the United States for health professions. Molloy is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rockville Centre. A Best Colleges rank of 238 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Molloy is a great school overall.

A popular choice for health professions undergraduates, there are roughly 679 individuals studying this degree at Molloy.

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#4

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI

Viterbo University is one of the best schools in the country for health professions. Viterbo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of La Crosse. This school ranks 625th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

A popular major for health professions undergrads, there are about 228 learners enrolled in this program at Viterbo.

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Located in the large suburb Addison, Chamberlain - Illinois is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 1035th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are about 11617 health professions undergraduates studying this degree at Chamberlain - Illinois.

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Located in the city 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.

For those interested in something more advanced, MCPHS University 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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PA College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lancaster. A Best Colleges rank of 330 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means PA College is a great college overall.

PA College offers health professions degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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#8

Assumption University

Worcester, MA

Located in the city Worcester, Assumption is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 326 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Assumption is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Assumption offers a Master's Degree in health professions.

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DUofC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Rafael. This school ranks 381st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

Dominican University of California is one of the most popular school to study health professions in United States exceeding 198 graduations last year.

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Located in the large city Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 129 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Pitt is a great school overall.

There are approximately 1541 health professions undergrads enrolled in this program at Pitt.

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Nebraska Methodist College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha. This college ranks 457th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

Nebraska Methodist College offers health professions degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Other Doctorate's.

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#12

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Located in the city Manhattan, K - State is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 310 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means K - State is a great school overall.

There are about 275 health professions undergraduates enrolled in this degree at K - State.

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#13

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great college overall.

Purdue offers health professions degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Professional Practice Doctorate's.

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Located in the large city Anaheim, West Coast University - Orange County is a private for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 870th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, West Coast University - Orange County offers a Master's Degree in health professions.

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#15

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 186 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Drexel is a great college overall.

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

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#16

University of the Sciences

Philadelphia, PA

USciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 282 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means USciences is a great college overall.

A popular choice for health professions undergrads, there are about 565 individuals studying this degree at USciences.

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#17

Bellin College

Green Bay, WI

Located in the rural area Green Bay, Bellin College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. This college ranks 366th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

A favorite major for health professions undergrads, there are approximately 145 learners enrolled in this degree at Bellin College.

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#18

Wagner College

Staten Island, NY

Located in the large city Staten Island, Wagner is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 495th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Wagner College is one of the most popular college to study health professions in United States with over 259 graduates last year.

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Located in the large city Lincoln, Bryan College of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 405th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

With 150 undergraduates, Bryan College of Health Sciences is one of most popular colleges to study health professions in United States.

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#20

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT

USJ is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of West Hartford. This school ranks 354th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

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

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#21

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great school overall.

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

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Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus. A Best Colleges rank of 175 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Ohio State is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Ohio State also offers 3 different higher degree levels in health professions, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice).

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Chamberlain - Virginia is a small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Arlington. This college ranks 529th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

A preferred major for health professions undergrads, there are roughly 136 learners enrolled in this program at Chamberlain - Virginia.

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#24

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

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

There are roughly 1230 health professions undergrads studying this program at SLU.

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Located in the small city New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 183 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Rutgers New Brunswick is a great college overall.

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

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Health Professions

#26

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
#29

Regis College

Weston, MA
#32

Simmons University

Boston, MA
#38

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#41

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#42

Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA
#44

New York University

New York, NY
#45

University of Providence

Great Falls, MT
#46

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#47

Samford University

Birmingham, AL
#48

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#49

LIU Post

Brookville, NY
#50

Clarkson College

Omaha, NE

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for Health Professions badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 853 different United States health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Iowa State University Ames, IA
52 Creighton University Omaha, NE
53 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
54 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
55 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
56 University of Minnesota - Rochester Rochester, MN
57 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
58 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
59 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
60 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
61 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
62 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
63 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
64 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR
65 Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Canton, OH
66 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
67 Boston University Boston, MA
68 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
69 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
70 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
71 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA
72 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
73 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
74 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
75 Union University Jackson, TN
76 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
77 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
78 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
79 Cox College Springfield, MO
80 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
81 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
82 Chamberlain University-Indiana Indianapolis, IN
83 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
84 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
85 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
86 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
87 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
88 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
89 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
90 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
91 American University of Health Sciences Signal Hill, CA
92 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
93 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
94 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
95 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
96 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
97 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Memphis, TN
98 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
99 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
100 Baylor University Waco, TX
101 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
102 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
103 Jefferson College of Health Sciences Roanoke, VA
104 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
105 Northeastern University Boston, MA
106 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
107 University of Georgia Athens, GA
108 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
109 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
110 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
111 College of Our Lady of the Elms Chicopee, MA
112 Illinois State University Normal, IL
113 Duke University Durham, NC
114 Kettering College Kettering, OH
115 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
116 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
117 College of Saint Elizabeth Morristown, NJ
118 West Coast University - Los Angeles North Hollywood, CA
119 Marian University Indianapolis, IN
120 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
121 Ursuline College Pepper Pike, OH
122 University of Portland Portland, OR
123 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
124 Florida National University - Main Campus Hialeah, FL
125 Regis University Denver, CO
126 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
127 Tufts University Medford, MA

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
128 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
129 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
130 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
131 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
132 University of Mississippi University, MS
133 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
134 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
135 Widener University Chester, PA
136 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
137 Rivier University Nashua, NH
138 Ball State University Muncie, IN
139 Utah State University Logan, UT
140 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
141 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
142 Brookline College - Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
143 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
144 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
145 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
146 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
147 Villanova University Villanova, PA
148 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
149 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
150 Georgetown University Washington, DC
151 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
152 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
153 Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA
154 Seattle University Seattle, WA
155 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
156 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
157 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
158 Concordia University - Irvine Irvine, CA
159 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
160 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
161 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
162 University of North Texas Denton, TX
163 Florida International University Miami, FL
164 Emory University Atlanta, GA
165 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
166 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
167 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
168 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
169 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
170 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM

Health Professions by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Health Professions Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

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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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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