Best Value Colleges For Healthcare Careers

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1University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$596,400
Total 4 Year Cost$86,600
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,840
2Ferris State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$575,800
Total 4 Year Cost$87,200
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
3University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$564,500
Total 4 Year Cost$118,500
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,840
4New York University (NYU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$563,700
Total 4 Year Cost$239,300
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
5San Jose State University (SJSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$560,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,960
6Ferris State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$551,500
Total 4 Year Cost$111,500
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
7Wayne State University - Detroit, MI(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$535,500
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,320
8Drexel University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$523,300
Total 4 Year Cost$219,700
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$45,200
9San Jose State University (SJSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$514,900
Total 4 Year Cost$138,100
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,960
10Midwestern State University (MSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$506,900
Total 4 Year Cost$66,100
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
11Texas Woman's University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$505,300
Total 4 Year Cost$67,700
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,280
12Midwestern State University (MSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$501,600
Total 4 Year Cost$71,400
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
13Wayne State University - Detroit, MI(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$490,100
Total 4 Year Cost$132,900
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,320
14University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$473,800
Total 4 Year Cost$99,200
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,520
15Texas Woman's University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$469,700
Total 4 Year Cost$103,300
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,280

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Healthcare jobs are both high-paying and meaningful. To start your healthcare career out right, PayScale's College ROI Report can help you narrow down your list to the best value colleges for healthcare careers.

PayScale calculates the College ROI Report for Healthcare Careers by using the salaries of alumni from each school who go on to work in the healthcare field, regardless of their undergraduate major, to calculate their median 20-year earnings. (All salary data comes from people who have taken the PayScale Salary Survey and told us their job title, salary and other facts in order to get their own personalized salary report.) We then subtract the cost of attending the school and compare how their earnings compare to those of the typical worker who did not earn a bachelor's degree. People who received graduate degrees were not included in these calculations, so the numbers you see here do not include doctors, dentists, and many other of the highest-earning healthcare workers, since those jobs require a graduate degree and we can't calculate how much they spent obtaining that additional education.

But there are many healthcare jobs that don't require advanced degrees, and as the numbers on this list show, when it comes to College ROI, healthcare workers often see big gains. Examples of healthcare job titles that are typical of people on this list include physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, laboratory technicians, dental hygenists, sonographers, ultrasound technicians, dieticians, nutritionals, emergency room technicians, operating room technicians and a wide variety of nurses and nursing managers.

Public schools dominate the list of best college return on investment healthcare for workers. The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in-state ROI is the highest in the country for those who go on to work in the healthcare field. UTA alumni working in healthcare see a 20-year net ROI of $596,400. The University of Arlington was named a "Next Generation University' by The New America Foundation and its College of Nursing is ranked number 64 in the nation by US News and World Report.

Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan comes in at number two, with a 20-year net ROI of $575,800. Ferris State was originally named Big Rapids Industrial School and had the unique mission of providing students with marketable skills to change society. This mission is obviously being accomplished, in part due to the successful healthcare workers who graduate from Ferris State University.

New York University is the highest-ranking private college for healthcare workers in terms of college ROI and comes in fourth on our rankings overall. Even though it is more expensive than in-state tuition at UTA or Ferris State, it still shows a 20-year net ROI of $564,500 for students who go on to work in healthcare. And that number improves if you are one of the 48 percent of students who receive financial aid, especially since the typical financial aid package per year is more than $20,000 thanks to the school's generous endowment. If financial aid factored into the equation, NYU actually becomes the best value college for healthcare workers in the country with a 20-year net ROI of $666,100.