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2021 Best Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree Trade Schools

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Finding the Best Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 75,437 allied health professions students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #4 most popular in the country.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree Trade Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 763 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate's degree programs for trade school students.

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2021 Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the allied health associate's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Trade Schools for an Associate's in Allied Health

Our 2021 rankings named Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts the best school in the United States for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of San Mateo, Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, allied health graduates from Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts take out $21,132 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $213, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting is a great place for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of Nashville, Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Allied Health majors at Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting take out an average of $9,263 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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#3

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Loma Linda University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Loma Linda, Loma Linda University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from Loma Linda University carry an average student debtload of $14,937. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 763 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Sentara College of Health Sciences landed the # 4 spot on the list. Sentara College of Health Sciences is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Chesapeake.

The average amount in student loans that allied health majors at Sentara College of Health Sciences take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $18,940. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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#5

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Out of the 763 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Southeast Technical Institute landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public college with a small student population.

On average, allied health graduates from Southeast Technical Institute take out $16,028 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $156.

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University of Alaska Anchorage ranked #6 on this year’s Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. UAA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Anchorage.

While working on their Associate's Degree, allied health majors at UAA accumulate an average of around $17,891 in student debt.

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Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

Oregon Institute of Technology came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. OIT is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Klamath Falls.

On average, allied health graduates from OIT take out $9,053 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Dunwoody College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for allied health professions students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Dunwoody College of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

The average amount in student loans that allied health majors at Dunwoody College of Technology take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $17,595. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences did quite well on this year’s best schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. UAMS is a small public school located in the city of Little Rock.

After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from UAMS carry an average student debtload of $14,098. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $145.

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#10

Kettering College

Kettering, OH

Kettering College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for allied health professions students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Kettering College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Kettering.

After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from Kettering College carry an average student debtload of $22,769. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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Cabarrus College of Health Sciences landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Located in the city of Concord, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Baptist Health System School of Health Professions came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Baptist Health System School of Health Professions is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of San Antonio.

Allied Health majors at Baptist Health System School of Health Professions take out an average of $23,063 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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#13

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Molloy is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rockville Centre.

While working on their Associate's Degree, allied health majors at Molloy accumulate an average of around $19,244 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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#14

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

Santa Fe College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Santa Fe College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Gainesville.

Allied Health majors at Santa Fe College take out an average of $17,718 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing ranked #15 on this year’s Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Medford, Lawrence Memorial is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Allied Health majors at Lawrence Memorial take out an average of $15,599 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $166.

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#16

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA

Foothill College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Los Altos Hills, Foothill College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, allied health graduates from Foothill College take out $13,300 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Lake Area Technical Institute came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. LATI is a small public school located in the town of Watertown.

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#18

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY

Nassau Community College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Nassau Community College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Garden City.

While working on their Associate's Degree, allied health majors at Nassau Community College accumulate an average of around $14,940 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $131, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #19, Pima Medical Institute - Tucson did quite well on this year’s best schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Pima Medical Institute - Tucson is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Tucson.

On average, allied health graduates from Pima Medical Institute - Tucson take out $25,203 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $286.

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Mitchell Technical Institute landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Mitchell Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Mitchell.

On average, allied health graduates from Mitchell Technical Institute take out $17,002 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $192, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #21, Riverside College of Health Careers did quite well on this year’s best schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Newport News, Riverside College of Health Careers is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

On average, allied health graduates from Riverside College of Health Careers take out $13,944 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $159, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #22, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University did quite well on this year’s best schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. FranU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge.

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River Valley Community College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Claremont, NH Community Technical College - Claremont is a public school with a fairly small student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, allied health majors at NH Community Technical College - Claremont accumulate an average of around $15,465 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $146.

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#24

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

St Catherine University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Paul, St. Kate's is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from St. Kate's carry an average student debtload of $22,270. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

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#25

Bryan University

Tempe, AZ

Bryan University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Bryan University is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Tempe.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree Trade Schools

#31

Eastwick College-Ramsey

Ramsey, NJ
#32

Napa Valley College

Napa, CA
#33

Clarkson College

Omaha, NE
#35

Gannon University

Erie, PA
#38

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA
#43

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#45

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, RI
#47

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#49

Casa Loma College-Van Nuys

Van Nuys, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 763 different United States allied health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
52 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
53 Eastwick College-Nutley Nutley, NJ
54 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
55 GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ
56 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
57 Mt San Antonio College Walnut, CA
58 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
59 Weatherford College Weatherford, TX
60 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
61 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
62 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
63 Valley College of Medical Careers West Hills, CA
64 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
65 West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore, CA
66 Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC
67 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
68 Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Mesa, AZ
69 Cypress College Cypress, CA
70 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
71 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
72 University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown Johnstown, PA
73 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
74 Siena Heights University Adrian, MI
75 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
76 Newman University Wichita, KS
77 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
78 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
79 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
80 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
81 Baptist Health College-Little Rock Little Rock, AR
82 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
83 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
84 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences Rock Island, IL
85 Bowling Green State University-Firelands Huron, OH
86 Jackson College Jackson, MI
87 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
88 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
89 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
90 Delaware Technical Community College-Terry Dover, DE
91 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
92 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
93 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
94 Laramie County Community College Cheyenne, WY
95 University of Cincinnati - Clermont College Batavia, OH
96 Weber State University Ogden, UT
97 Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke, PA
98 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
99 Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver, CO
100 St Luke’s College Sioux City, IA
101 Manchester Community College Manchester, CT
102 Galveston College Galveston, TX
103 The College of Health Care Professions-Northwest Houston, TX
104 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
105 Meridian College Sarasota, FL
106 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia, CA
107 Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE
108 Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston, TX
109 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
110 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
111 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
112 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
113 Widener University Chester, PA
114 Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Allied Health Professions students that almost earned our Best Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
115 Washburn University Topeka, KS
116 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
117 Cox College Springfield, MO
118 WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City Kansas City, MO
119 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
120 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
121 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
122 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
123 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
124 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
125 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
126 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
127 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
128 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
129 Madisonville Community College Madisonville, KY
130 Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Canton, OH
131 Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences New York, NY
132 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
133 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
134 Kent State University at Ashtabula Ashtabula, OH
135 Triton College River Grove, IL
136 American River College Sacramento, CA
137 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
138 Valencia College Orlando, FL
139 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
140 American Career College-Ontario Ontario, CA
141 Midwest Institute Fenton, MO
142 Johnson College Scranton, PA
143 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
144 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
145 Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
146 Laboure College Milton, MA
147 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
148 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
149 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
150 West Coast Ultrasound Institute Beverly Hills, CA
151 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
152 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL

Allied Health Professions by Region

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

One of 11 majors within the trade school area of study, allied health professions has other similar majors worth exploring.

Allied Health Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 28,841
Radiologic Technology 9,673
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7,958
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,034
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,530
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5,297
Athletic Training 4,064
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,908
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,429
Physician Assistant 811
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 773
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 645
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 580
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 337
Polysomnography 322
Mammography Technician/Technology 73
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 53
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist 43
Hearing Instrument Specialist 39
Gene/Genetic Therapy 17
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 10

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,166
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,189
Health & Medical Administrative Services 68,235
Dental Support Services 26,100
Health Sciences & Services 24,422

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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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