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2021 Best Health Professions Bachelor's Degree Schools

635 Colleges
$48,865 Avg Salary
$24,658 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Health Professions Bachelor'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.

The Best Health Professions Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 635 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs 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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for health professions majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Health Professions

Our analysis found Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to be the best school for health professions students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Lubbock.

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Out of the 635 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Nebraska Medical Center landed the # 2 spot on the list. UNMC is a small public school located in the large city of Omaha.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Concordia University - Saint Paul. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University - Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#4

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Loma Linda University is a great place for health professions students working on their bachelor’s degree. Loma Linda University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Loma Linda.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of Pennsylvania is a great place for health professions students working on their bachelor’s degree. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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Misericordia University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. College Misericordia is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

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#7

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Rockville Centre, Molloy is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#8

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the large suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the small suburb of Ithaca, Ithaca is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #10, The University of Texas Medical Branch did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the fringe town of Galveston, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is a public college with a small student population.

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#11

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

Oregon Institute of Technology came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Klamath Falls, OIT is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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Assumption University

Worcester, MA

Assumption University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Assumption is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the city of Brooklyn, Downstate Medical Center is a public school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #14, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Albany, Albany College of Pharmacy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#15

Rush University

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #15, Rush University did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #16, University of Minnesota - Crookston did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the distant town of Crookston, UMN Crookston is a public school with a small student population.

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#17

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY

Farmingdale State College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree health professions programs. SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Farmingdale.

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#18

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Omaha.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Baldwin Wallace University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the suburb of Berea, Baldwin Wallace College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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The College of Saint Scholastica landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the small city of Duluth, St. Scholastica is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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New England College

Henniker, NH

New England College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for health professions students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. NEC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Henniker.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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University of St Francis ranked #24 on this year’s Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Joliet, University of Saint Francis is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Minnesota - Duluth did quite well on this year’s best schools for health professions students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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

#26

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#28

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA
#30

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#32

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#33

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#34

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#37

Resurrection University

Chicago, IL
#39

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#43

Kettering College

Kettering, OH
#48

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#49

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#50

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Health Professions Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 635 different United States health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH
52 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
53 Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY
54 Illinois State University Normal, IL
55 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
56 Bellin College Green Bay, WI
57 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
58 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
59 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
60 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
61 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
62 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
63 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
64 Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX
65 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
66 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
66 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
68 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
69 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
70 Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
71 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
72 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
73 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
74 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
75 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
76 Buffalo State Buffalo, NY
77 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
78 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
79 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
80 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
81 Springfield College Springfield, MA
82 Boston University Boston, MA
83 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
84 Georgetown University Washington, DC
85 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
86 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
87 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
88 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA
89 National University La Jolla, CA
90 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
91 The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center Memphis, TN
92 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
93 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
94 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
95 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Health Professions students that almost earned our Best Health Professions Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
96 Augusta University Augusta, GA
97 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
98 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
99 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
100 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
101 Iowa State University Ames, IA
102 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
103 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, ME
104 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
105 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
106 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
107 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
108 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
109 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
110 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
111 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
112 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
113 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
114 Winona State University Winona, MN
115 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
116 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
117 Utica College Utica, NY
118 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
119 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
120 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
121 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
122 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
123 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
124 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
125 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
126 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
127 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA

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).

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