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2021 Best Health Professions Associate's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Health Professions Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 965,851 degrees and certificates were awarded to health professions students, making the major the most popular in the country.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Health Professions Associate's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 662 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the health professions associate's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for an Associate's in Health Professions

#1

Stanbridge University

Irvine, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Stanbridge University the best school in the United States for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of Irvine, Stanbridge is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is a small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of San Mateo.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Riverside College of Health Careers. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Riverside College of Health Careers is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Newport News.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Baptist Health System School of Health Professions. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of San Antonio, Baptist Health System School of Health Professions is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Vermont Technical College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Randolph, Vermont Tech is a public college with a small student population.

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#6

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

With a ranking of #6, Southeast Technical Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

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#7

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

St Catherine University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. St. Kate's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ranked #8 on this year’s Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Little Rock, UAMS is a public school with a small student population.

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University of Alaska Anchorage ranked #9 on this year’s Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Anchorage, UAA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Eastwick College-Ramsey

Ramsey, NJ

Eastwick College-Ramsey did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the suburb of Ramsey, Eastwick College-Ramsey is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Lake Area Technical Institute came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Watertown, LATI is a public college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #12, Rasmussen College - Florida did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #13, Rasmussen College - Minnesota did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of St. Cloud, Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Cabarrus College of Health Sciences came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Concord.

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#15

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA

Foothill College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Foothill College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Los Altos Hills.

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#16

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA

With a ranking of #16, Santa Rosa Junior College did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Santa Rosa, SRJC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#17

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, RI

With a ranking of #17, New England Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of East Greenwich, New England Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#18

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

With a ranking of #18, Santa Fe College did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Gainesville, Santa Fe College is a public school with a large student population.

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Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree health professions programs. Located in the large suburb of Lancaster, PA College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #20, Rasmussen College - Illinois did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Rasmussen College - Illinois is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Rockford.

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River Valley Community College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. NH Community Technical College - Claremont is a small public school located in the rural area of Claremont.

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#22

Harcum College

Bryn Mawr, PA

Harcum College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree health professions programs. Located in the suburb of Bryn Mawr, Harcum College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#23

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, CA

With a ranking of #23, Cuesta College did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Cuesta College is a large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo.

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With a ranking of #24, Pennsylvania College of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Penn College is a small public school located in the city of Williamsport.

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Rasmussen College - North Dakota ranked #25 on this year’s Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Rasmussen College - North Dakota is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Fargo.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Health Professions Associate's Degree Schools

#28

Schoolcraft College

Livonia, MI
#31

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
#32

Fox College

Bedford Park, IL
#33

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#35

Bay State College

Boston, MA
#36

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, WA
#37

Napa Valley College

Napa, CA
#38

Mercy College of Ohio

Toledo, OH
#40

Union County College

Cranford, NJ
#44

Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
#45

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA
#46

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA
#47

Alfred State College

Alfred, NY
#48

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
#49

Carrington College-Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Health Professions Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 662 different United States health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Delaware Technical Community College-Terry Dover, DE
52 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
53 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
54 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
55 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
56 Capital Community College Hartford, CT
57 Carrington College-Boise Boise, ID
58 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
59 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
60 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
61 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
62 American River College Sacramento, CA
63 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
64 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
65 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
66 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
67 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
68 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
69 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
70 Cypress College Cypress, CA
71 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
72 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
73 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
74 Weber State University Ogden, UT
75 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
76 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
77 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
78 South College Knoxville, TN
79 University of Cincinnati - Clermont College Batavia, OH
80 Washburn University Topeka, KS
81 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
82 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
83 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
84 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
85 College of the Mainland Texas City, TX
86 Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke, PA
87 Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
88 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
89 Northwest Technical College Bemidji, MN
90 Kent State University at Ashtabula Ashtabula, OH
91 Ultimate Medical Academy-Clearwater Clearwater, FL
92 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
93 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
94 Manchester Community College Manchester, CT
95 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
96 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
97 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
98 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
99 University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN

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 Health Professions Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
100 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
101 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ
102 Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls, MN
103 GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ
104 Goodwin College East Hartford, CT
105 CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
106 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
107 Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston, TX
108 Yuba College Marysville, CA
109 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
110 Southern Adventist University Collegedale, TN
111 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
112 Butte College Oroville, CA
113 Herzing University - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
114 CUNY Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
115 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake, WI
116 Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver, CO
117 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
118 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
119 Wharton County Junior College Wharton, TX
120 Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ
121 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
122 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
123 Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Mesa, AZ
124 Herzing University - Brookfield Brookfield, WI
125 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
126 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
127 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
128 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
128 Herzing University - Akron Akron, OH
130 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
131 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
132 Orange County Community College Middletown, NY

Health Professions by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
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
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11,961
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,685
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,624
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 597
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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