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2021 Best Health Sciences & Services Schools

594 Colleges
$34,571 Avg Salary
$24,129 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Health Sciences & Services School for You

With 25,948 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, health sciences and services is the #10 most popular major in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for healthcare students. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Healthcare Degree Search has created the Best Health Sciences & Services Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 594 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Health Sciences & Services Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for health science majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Health Science

Our 2021 rankings named Misericordia University the best school in the United States for health sciences and services students. College Misericordia is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas.

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#2

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Creighton University is a great place for health sciences and services students. Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha.

On average, health science graduates from Creighton take out $19,500 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Touro University Nevada

Henderson, NV

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Touro University Nevada. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Health Sciences & Services Schools list. Touro University Nevada is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Henderson.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Maryland - Baltimore. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Health Sciences & Services Schools list. University of Maryland - Baltimore is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Baltimore.

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The excellent programs at Touro University California helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best health sciences and services schools in the United States. TUC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Vallejo.

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#6

Marietta College

Marietta, OH

Marietta College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for health sciences and services students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the fringe town of Marietta, Marietta is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#7

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Sciences & Services Schools ranking. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #8, Trident University International did quite well on this year’s best schools for health sciences and services students. Located in the large suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for health sciences and services students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best health sciences and services programs. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, health science graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick carry an average student debtload of $23,250. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#11

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

Stonehill College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Health Sciences & Services Schools list. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Easton.

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#12

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

With a ranking of #12, Ithaca College did quite well on this year’s best schools for health sciences and services students. Located in the small suburb of Ithaca, Ithaca is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#13

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

Loma Linda University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Health Sciences & Services Schools list. Loma Linda University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Loma Linda.

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With a ranking of #14, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse did quite well on this year’s best schools for health sciences and services students. Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a large student population.

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#15

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best health sciences and services programs. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, health science graduates from Drexel carry an average student debtload of $41,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $478.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for health sciences and services students. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the city of Albany, Albany College of Pharmacy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that health science majors at Albany College of Pharmacy take out is $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Minnesota - Rochester came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Sciences & Services Schools ranking. Located in the city of Rochester, UMN Rochester is a public college with a small student population.

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#18

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, NC

University of Mount Olive ranked #18 on this year’s Best Health Sciences & Services Schools list. UMO is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Mount Olive.

On average, health science graduates from UMO take out $30,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $311, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #19, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for health sciences and services students. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

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With a ranking of #20, University of Wisconsin - River Falls did quite well on this year’s best schools for health sciences and services students. UW - River Falls is a medium-sized public school located in the town of River Falls.

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#21

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

Bay Path University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for health sciences and services students. It came in at #21 on the list. Bay Path is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Longmeadow.

On average, health science graduates from Bay Path take out $24,594 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $255, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Dominican University of California ranked #22 on this year’s Best Health Sciences & Services Schools list. Located in the small city of San Rafael, DUofC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Health Science majors at DUofC take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best health sciences and services programs. RMUoHP is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

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University of Missouri - Columbia came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Health Sciences & Services Schools ranking. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

After completing their degree, health science graduates from Mizzou carry an average student debtload of $22,325. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $232.

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Rutgers University - Camden did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for health sciences and services students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the city of Camden, Rutgers Camden is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Health Science majors at Rutgers Camden take out an average of $23,250 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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Rest of the Top Best Health Sciences & Services Schools

#26

Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, NY
#31

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY
#34

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#35

Towson University

Towson, MD
#36

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
#39

Rush University

Chicago, IL
#41

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#44

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT
#46

Buffalo State

Buffalo, NY
#47

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#48

Boston University

Boston, MA
#50

College of Saint Mary

Omaha, NE

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Health Sciences & Services Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 594 different United States health sciences and services schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
52 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
53 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
54 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
55 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
56 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
57 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
58 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
59 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
60 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
61 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
62 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR
63 Siena Heights University Adrian, MI
64 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
65 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
66 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
67 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
68 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
69 Carrington College-Sacramento Sacramento, CA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Health Sciences & Services students that almost earned our Best Health Sciences & Services Schools award.

Rank College Location
70 Springfield College Springfield, MA
71 Ohio Dominican University Columbus, OH
71 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
73 Pace University - New York New York, NY
74 Bay State College Boston, MA
75 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
76 Central Penn College Summerdale, PA
77 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
78 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
79 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
80 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
81 Carrington College-Boise Boise, ID
82 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
83 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
84 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
85 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
86 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
87 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT
88 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
89 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
90 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
91 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
92 Assumption University Worcester, MA

Health Sciences & Services by Region

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

Health Sciences & Services is one of 34 different types of healthcare programs to choose from.

Health Science Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 21,078
General Health & Wellness 4,870

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 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Sandra M. Palumbo.

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