Best Value Colleges For Healthcare Careers

Healthcare jobs tend to be both high-paying and, according to our research, healthcare professionals often believe their jobs are meaningful; they believe they’re making the world a better place.

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.

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Rank 
School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
18.0%N/A16.0%N/A$928,000N/A$1,121,000N/A$254,000N/A97%4$27,40016%
1Harvard University(Private)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI16.0%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$928,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,121,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate97%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,400
Grant Money Received16%
27.7%N/A15.4%N/A$860,000N/A$1,052,000N/A$255,000N/A94%4$32,20013%
2Stanford University(Private)
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI15.4%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$860,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,052,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$255,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,200
Grant Money Received13%
310.8%10.6%12.9%12.7%$857,000$853,000$897,000$893,000$126,000$130,00045%4$28,00062%
3Touro College(Private)
Annual ROI10.8%
Annual ROI10.6%
Annual ROI12.9%
Annual ROI12.7%
20 Year Net ROI$857,000
20 Year Net ROI$853,000
20 Year Net ROI$897,000
20 Year Net ROI$893,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,000
Grant Money Received62%
47.4%N/A14.4%N/A$828,000N/A$1,016,000N/A$262,000N/A95%4$24,70012%
4Duke University(Private)
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI14.4%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$828,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,016,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$262,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,700
Grant Money Received12%
58.7%8.7%12.4%12.4%$671,000$671,000$747,000$747,000$156,000$156,00031%4$33,10048%
5Ottawa University-Ottawa(Private)
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI12.4%
Annual ROI12.4%
20 Year Net ROI$671,000
20 Year Net ROI$671,000
20 Year Net ROI$747,000
20 Year Net ROI$747,000
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$33,100
Grant Money Received48%
67.7%7.7%9.1%9.1%$669,000$669,000$712,000$712,000$196,000$196,00078%4$60,30033%
6MCPHS University(Private)
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
20 Year Net ROI$669,000
20 Year Net ROI$669,000
20 Year Net ROI$712,000
20 Year Net ROI$712,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$60,300
Grant Money Received33%
77.0%7.3%10.1%10.7%$666,000$679,000$766,000$778,000$230,000$218,00058%5$29,80043%
7St John's University-New York(Private)
Annual ROI7.0%
Annual ROI7.3%
Annual ROI10.1%
Annual ROI10.7%
20 Year Net ROI$666,000
20 Year Net ROI$679,000
20 Year Net ROI$766,000
20 Year Net ROI$778,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Total 4 Year Cost$218,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$29,800
Grant Money Received43%
86.7%7.4%9.7%11.1%$646,000$677,000$749,000$779,000$242,000$211,00072%4$30,40027%
8Dominican University of California(Private)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI9.7%
Annual ROI11.1%
20 Year Net ROI$646,000
20 Year Net ROI$677,000
20 Year Net ROI$749,000
20 Year Net ROI$779,000
Total 4 Year Cost$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,400
Grant Money Received27%
97.8%7.6%9.8%9.6%$642,000$638,000$699,000$694,000$185,000$190,00076%5$27,70032%
9Molloy College(Private)
Annual ROI7.8%
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI9.8%
Annual ROI9.6%
20 Year Net ROI$642,000
20 Year Net ROI$638,000
20 Year Net ROI$699,000
20 Year Net ROI$694,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$27,700
Grant Money Received32%
107.2%7.2%9.8%9.8%$606,000$607,000$684,000$685,000$202,000$202,00068%4$35,60030%
10Adelphi University(Private)
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI9.8%
Annual ROI9.8%
20 Year Net ROI$606,000
20 Year Net ROI$607,000
20 Year Net ROI$684,000
20 Year Net ROI$685,000
Total 4 Year Cost$202,000
Total 4 Year Cost$202,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$35,600
Grant Money Received30%
116.7%N/A9.2%N/A$595,000N/A$677,000N/A$222,000N/A75%4$29,40018%
11Seattle University(Private)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$595,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$677,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$222,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,400
Grant Money Received18%
1210.7%10.4%13.8%13.4%$592,000$588,000$631,000$627,000$90,000$93,90042%6$17,10072%
12California State University-Dominguez Hills(In-State)
Annual ROI10.7%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI13.8%
Annual ROI13.4%
20 Year Net ROI$592,000
20 Year Net ROI$588,000
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
20 Year Net ROI$627,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,900
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$17,100
Grant Money Received72%
1310.5%10.6%12.1%12.3%$574,000$576,000$597,000$599,000$90,000$87,80047%5$25,60038%
13Oregon Institute of Technology(In-State)
Annual ROI10.5%
Annual ROI10.6%
Annual ROI12.1%
Annual ROI12.3%
20 Year Net ROI$574,000
20 Year Net ROI$576,000
20 Year Net ROI$597,000
20 Year Net ROI$599,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,800
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$25,600
Grant Money Received38%
146.4%6.4%9.9%9.9%$560,000$560,000$670,000$670,000$229,000$229,00067%4$39,70027%
14Wagner College(Private)
Annual ROI6.4%
Annual ROI6.4%
Annual ROI9.9%
Annual ROI9.9%
20 Year Net ROI$560,000
20 Year Net ROI$560,000
20 Year Net ROI$670,000
20 Year Net ROI$670,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$39,700
Grant Money Received27%
157.4%7.1%9.4%8.9%$552,000$541,000$605,000$594,000$172,000$184,00055%4$24,60064%
15College of Mount Saint Vincent(Private)
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI8.9%
20 Year Net ROI$552,000
20 Year Net ROI$541,000
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
20 Year Net ROI$594,000
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Total 4 Year Cost$184,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,600
Grant Money Received64%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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 hygienists, sonographers, ultrasound technicians, dieticians, nutritionals, emergency room technicians, operating room technicians and a wide variety of nurses and nursing managers.

Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan comes in high on the list of best college return on investment healthcare for workers. 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.

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) was established in 1901 as an all-female school, though it has accepted men into its health sciences graduate school in 1972, and fully opened its doors to men in 1994. The school remains unique, however, in that it requires all undergraduates — regardless of their proposed/intended degree — to take three hours of multicultural women’s studies in order to graduate.

The oldest institute of higher learning on the West Coast, San Jose State (SJSU) offers a nice perk: More San Jose State University alumni are hired by Silicon Valley firms than graduates of any other college or university.

Another public school on this list dominated by public schools is the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), which was named a “Next Generation University’ by The New America Foundation.


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