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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811Western Carolina University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$68,700
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
812Johnson & Wales University (JWU) - Providence, RI(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$68,300
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,700
813Mississippi State University (MSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$66,000
Total 4 Year Cost$132,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
814Emmanuel College - Boston, MA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$64,300
Total 4 Year Cost$208,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
815California State University - Fullerton (CSUF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$63,600
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
816University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$60,800
Total 4 Year Cost$72,400
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
817University of Nebraska at Omaha(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$60,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,600
818University of Oregon(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$59,300
Total 4 Year Cost$97,300
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
819Winthrop University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$57,100
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
820Southern Oregon University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$54,600
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
821University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$54,300
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
822Western Washington University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$54,200
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
823Western Kentucky University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$53,300
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
824University of North Texas (UNT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$50,800
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
825University of West Florida (UWF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$49,300
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,100

*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.