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3,698 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
301 Master's Degrees Annually
#10 in Popularity

Types of Degrees Health/Medical Prep Programs Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many health/medical prep programs graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 4,136
Bachelor’s Degree 3,698
Basic Certificate 1,642
Graduate Certificate 815
Undergraduate Certificate 686
Master’s Degree 301
Doctor’s Degree 1

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Health/Medical Prep Programs?

3,698 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
71% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen healthcare majors. It is the 10th most popular in the country with 3,698 students graduating with a bachelor’s in medical prep in 2019. This major is dominated by women with about 71% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical prep majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Prep Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 338
Black or African American 324
Hispanic or Latino 360
White 2,399
International Students 59
Other Races/Ethnicities 218

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Medical Prep. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Nigeria

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in medical prep have a median salary of $28,950 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,075 (25th percentile) and $32,900 (75th percentile).


Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a medical prep degree.

Online Health/Medical Prep Programs Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 444 schools offered some type of health/medical prep programs program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 44 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 58 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 305 39
Bachelor’s Degree 52 3
Post-Baccalaureate 44 3
Master’s Degree 22 2
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

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Major Number of Grads
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
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


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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