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.

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.  Read More

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462 (tie)University of Rhode Island (URI)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$213,000
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
467 (tie)Emporia State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,200
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
467 (tie)Rutgers University - Camden Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
467 (tie)University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,400
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
467 (tie)Utah State University - Regional Campuses and Distance Education(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
467 (tie)Washington University in St. Louis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$256,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
472 (tie)Missouri Western State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,100
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
472 (tie)Northern Arizona University (NAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,200
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
472 (tie)Old Dominion University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
472 (tie)University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
476 (tie)Jacksonville State University (JSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
476 (tie)Marymount University - Arlington, VA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
476 (tie)Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
476 (tie)Sonoma State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
476 (tie)University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,400
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000

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

(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.

New York University is also frequently among the highest-ranking private college for healthcare workers in terms of college ROI.