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2021 Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools

92 Colleges
$23,207 Avg Salary
$98,121 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Alternative Medicine & Systems School for You

Alternative Medicine & Systems is the #21 most popular major in the country with 3,576 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's healthcare students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Healthcare Degree Search has created the Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 92 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Alternative Medicine & Systems program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named Pacific College of Health and Science the most popular school in the United States for alternative medicine and systems students. Located in the city of San Diego, Pacific College San Diego is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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#2

Bastyr University

Kenmore, WA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Bastyr University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Kenmore, Bastyr University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Out of the 92 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, American College of Healthcare Sciences landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Portland, American College of Healthcare Sciences is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#4

Everglades University

Boca Raton, FL

The excellent programs at Everglades University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best alternative medicine and systems schools in the United States. Everglades U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boca Raton.

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#5

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Ashford University is a great place for alternative medicine and systems students. Ashford University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

While working on their degree, alternative medicine majors at Ashford University accumulate an average of around $38,601 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $401, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #6, University of East - West Medicine did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for alternative medicine and systems students. Located in the medium-sized city of Sunnyvale, UEWM is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Pacific College of Health and Science ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools list. Located in the large city of New York, Pacific College New York is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#7

South Baylo University

Anaheim, CA

South Baylo University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools ranking. Located in the city of Anaheim, South Baylo University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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National University of Natural Medicine did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for alternative medicine and systems students. It came in at #9 on the list. NUNM is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Portland.

On average, alternative medicine graduates from NUNM take out $231,702 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,700, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California Institute of Integral Studies did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for alternative medicine and systems students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of San Francisco, CIIS is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that alternative medicine majors at CIIS take out is $151,518. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,766, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Maryland University of Integrative Health came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Laurel, MUIH is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

While working on their degree, alternative medicine majors at MUIH accumulate an average of around $134,648 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,568.

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Southern California University of Health Sciences did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for alternative medicine and systems students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the suburb of Whittier, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, alternative medicine graduates from SCU carry an average student debt load of $63,510. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $736, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular alternative medicine and systems programs. SCNM is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Tempe.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools award.

Rank College Location
14 National University of Health Sciences Lombard, IL
15 Five Branches University Santa Cruz, CA
16 Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Portland, OR
17 New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Mineola, NY
18 AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Austin, TX

Alternative Medicine & Systems by Region

View the Most Popular Alternative Medicine & Systems Schools for a specific region near you.

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

One of 34 majors within the healthcare area of study, alternative medicine and systems has other similar majors worth exploring.

Alternative Medicine Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 2,067
General Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 413
Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy 390
Holistic Health 369
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology 169
Ayurvedic Medicine/Ayurveda 98
Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 70

Related 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

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 27 schools only.

  • 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 Aphiwat chuangchoem.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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