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2021 Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

1,220 Colleges
$4,629 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$49,676 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Allied Health Professions 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools ranking. This report analyzed 1,220 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for allied health students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Allied Health

$2,183 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Sentara College of Health Sciences to be the best value school for allied health professions students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Sentara College of Health Sciences is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Chesapeake.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Sentara College of Health Sciences are $2,183 per year.

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The excellent programs at Southeast Community College Area helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best allied health professions schools in the United States. Southeast Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Lincoln.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southeast Community College are $3,096 per year.

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$3,938 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Alvin Community College is a great value for allied health professions students. Alvin is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Alvin.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Alvin are $3,938 a year.

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Out of the 1,220 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Lake Area Technical Institute landed the # 4 spot on the list. LATI is a small public school located in the town of Watertown.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at LATI are $5,514 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, LATI also is in the top 5% of our Best Allied Health Professions Trade Schools ranking.

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#5

College of the Mainland

Texas City, TX
$3,873 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at College of the Mainland helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best allied health professions schools in the United States. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Texas City, COM is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at COM are $3,873 per year.

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Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southeast Technical Institute are $6,448 per year.

Southeast Technical Institute also claimed a spot on our Best Allied Health Professions Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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Galveston College

Galveston, TX

Galveston College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools ranking. Located in the town of Galveston, Galveston College is a public school with a small student population.

Galveston College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,600 in tuition and fees each year.

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Hutchinson Community College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value allied health professions programs. Located in the distant town of Hutchinson, Hutchinson Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Hutchinson Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,350 in tuition and fees each year.

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St Cloud Technical and Community College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools list. Located in the city of Saint Cloud, St Cloud Technical and Community College is a public college with a small student population.

St Cloud Technical and Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,538 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, St Cloud Technical and Community College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Trade Schools list.

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$5,040 Average Tuition & Fees

San Jacinto Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for allied health professions students. It came in at #10 on the list. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at San Jacinto College are $5,040 per year.

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$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Iowa Tech Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value allied health professions programs. Located in the city of Sioux City, Western Iowa Tech Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Western Iowa Tech Community College are $4,392 a year.

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$4,881 Average Tuition & Fees

Spokane Community College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value allied health professions programs. Spokane Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Spokane.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Spokane Community College are $4,881 a year.

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Northcentral Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for allied health professions students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the city of Wausau, North Central Technical College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Central Technical College are $5,247 a year.

North Central Technical College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Trade Schools list.

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$3,904 Average Tuition & Fees

Neosho County Community College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools list. Located in the town of Chanute, Neosho County Community College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Neosho County Community College are $3,904 a year.

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#15

Victoria College

Victoria, TX
$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Victoria College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools list. Located in the small city of Victoria, Victoria College is a public school with a small student population.

Victoria College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ
$4,440 Average Tuition & Fees

Camden County College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for allied health professions students. It came in at #16 on the list. Camden County College is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Blackwood.

Camden County College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,440 in tuition and fees each year.

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#17

South Plains College

Levelland, TX
$4,088 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #17, South Plains College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for allied health professions students. South Plains College is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Levelland.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at South Plains College are $4,088 per year.

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$4,640 Average Tuition & Fees

Seward County Community College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools list. SCCC is a small public school located in the town of Liberal.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SCCC are $4,640 per year.

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$4,824 Average Tuition & Fees

Wharton County Junior College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools list. Wharton County Junior College is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Wharton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wharton County Junior College are $4,824 per year.

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#20

Garden City Community College

Garden City, KS
$3,874 Average Tuition & Fees

Garden City Community College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools list. Located in the town of Garden City, Garden City Community College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Garden City Community College are $3,874 a year.

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Mitchell Technical Institute came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools ranking. Mitchell Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Mitchell.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Mitchell Technical Institute are $6,944 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Mitchell Technical Institute is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Trade Schools list.

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#21

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value allied health professions programs. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Columbia Southern University undergraduate students pay an average of $5,655 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Columbia Southern University also did well on our Best Allied Health Professions Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#23

Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe, NM
$4,605 Average Tuition & Fees

Santa Fe Community College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools ranking. SFCC is a small public school located in the suburb of Santa Fe.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SFCC are $4,605 per year.

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#24

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX
$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Tyler Junior College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools ranking. Tyler Junior College is a large public school located in the city of Tyler.

Tyler Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year.

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$4,860 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for allied health professions students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the town of Norfolk, Northeast is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Northeast undergraduate students pay an average of $4,860 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools

#26

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte, NE
#27

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee, WA
#29

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA
#30

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
#30

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#33

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
#34

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
#40

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX
#41

Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
#44

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, TX
#47

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX
#49

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
#50

Odessa College

Odessa, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1220 different United States allied health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
52 Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka, KS
52 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
54 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
55 New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad, NM
56 Minnesota State College Southeast Winona, MN
57 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
58 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
59 Yakima Valley College Yakima, WA
60 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
61 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
62 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
63 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
64 San Juan College Farmington, NM
65 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
66 Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AR
67 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
68 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
69 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
70 Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI
71 Cypress College Cypress, CA
72 The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville, TX
73 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
74 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
75 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
76 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
77 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
78 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
79 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
80 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
81 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
82 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake, WI
83 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR
84 Grayson College Denison, TX
85 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
86 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
87 University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton Morrilton, AR
88 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH
89 University of New Mexico - Valencia County Campus Los Lunas, NM
89 Crafton Hills College Yucaipa, CA
91 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
92 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
93 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
94 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
95 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
96 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
96 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
98 Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA
98 South Central College North Mankato, MN
100 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
101 Baton Rouge General School of Nursing Baton Rouge, LA
102 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
102 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
104 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
105 Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA
106 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
107 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
108 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
109 Minot State University Minot, ND
110 GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
111 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
112 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID
113 Quincy College Quincy, MA
114 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
114 Temple College Temple, TX
116 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
117 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
117 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
117 Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Reading, PA
120 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
121 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY
121 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
123 Midland College Midland, TX
124 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
125 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
126 Umpqua Community College Roseburg, OR
127 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
127 Blackhawk Technical College Janesville, WI
129 Howard College Big Spring, TX
130 Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown, OH
131 Yuba College Marysville, CA
131 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
133 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
133 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
135 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA
135 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
137 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
138 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
139 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
140 Southeastern Technical College Vidalia, GA
141 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
142 Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor, MI
143 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
144 Vernon College Vernon, TX
144 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
144 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
144 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
148 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
149 College of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls, ID
149 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
151 West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore, CA
152 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
153 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
154 Bryan University Tempe, AZ
155 Butte College Oroville, CA
156 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
157 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
158 Institute of Health Sciences Hunt Valley, MD
159 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX
160 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA
160 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
162 Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Roswell, NM
163 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
164 Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa, LA
164 North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville, GA
166 Monroe County Community College Monroe, MI
167 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
168 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
169 Albany Technical College Albany, GA
169 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
171 Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely, CO
172 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
173 Aiken Technical College Graniteville, SC
174 Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield, ME
175 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
175 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville, GA
177 North Arkansas College Harrison, AR
178 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
179 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
179 East Central Community College Decatur, MS
179 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson, MS
182 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
183 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
183 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Allied Health Professions students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Allied Health Professions Schools award.

Rank College Location
185 El Camino College Torrance, CA
185 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
187 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
187 Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
189 Bronx Community College Bronx, NY
189 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
189 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
192 Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, WI
192 Valencia College Orlando, FL
192 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
195 Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY
196 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
197 Crowder College Neosho, MO
197 Southwestern Community College Sylva, NC
199 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA
200 Cabrillo College Aptos, CA
200 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
202 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
202 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
204 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
205 Marion Technical College Marion, OH
206 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
206 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
206 American River College Sacramento, CA
209 Baptist Health College - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
210 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
210 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
212 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
213 Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS
214 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
214 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
214 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
217 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
218 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, GA
219 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
220 Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville, AR
221 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
221 Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News, VA
223 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
224 Kettering College Kettering, OH
225 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
225 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
227 Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay, OR
228 Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown, VA
228 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
228 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
231 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
232 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
232 Jefferson College Hillsboro, MO
234 Ventura College Ventura, CA
234 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
236 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
236 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH
238 Stark State College North Canton, OH
239 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
239 East Central College Union, MO
241 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
242 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
243 Casper College Casper, WY
243 Laramie County Community College Cheyenne, WY

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.

  • 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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