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2021 Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree 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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Trade College Search has created its Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 763 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree 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 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 value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for an Associate's in Allied Health

Our 2021 rankings named Sentara College of Health Sciences the best value school in the United States for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Sentara College of Health Sciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Chesapeake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Sentara College of Health Sciences are $2,183 a year. 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Southeast Community College Area. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Southeast Community College is a medium-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. While working on their Associate's Degree, allied health majors at Southeast Community College accumulate an average of around $16,937 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $152.

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

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Alvin Community College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Alvin is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Alvin.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Alvin are $3,938 a year. The average amount in student loans that allied health majors at Alvin take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $5,246.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Alvin also did well on our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Lake Area Technical Institute is a great value for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. 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.

LATI excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southeast Technical Institute. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public school with a small student population.

Southeast Technical Institute undergraduate students pay an average of $6,448 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

Southeast Technical Institute excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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Hutchinson Community College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Hutchinson, Hutchinson Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Hutchinson Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,350 in tuition and fees each year. On average, allied health graduates from Hutchinson Community College take out $14,049 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $119, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, Hutchinson Community College is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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Galveston College

Galveston, TX

With a ranking of #7, Galveston College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the fringe town of Galveston, Galveston College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Galveston College are $4,600 a year. After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from Galveston College carry an average student debtload of $13,804.

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College of the Mainland

Texas City, TX

College of the Mainland ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the 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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St Cloud Technical and Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small 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. Allied Health majors at St Cloud Technical and Community College take out an average of $17,755 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 $191.

In addition to its great value ranking, St Cloud Technical and Community College is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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With a ranking of #10, San Jacinto Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Pasadena.

San Jacinto College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,040 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that allied health majors at San Jacinto College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $13,445. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $109.

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El Paso Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree allied health professions programs. El Paso Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of El Paso.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at El Paso Community College are $4,858 per year. After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from El Paso Community College carry an average student debtload of $8,928. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $75, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Victoria College

Victoria, TX

Victoria 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 #12 on the 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. The average amount in student loans that allied health majors at Victoria College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $12,576.

Victoria College also claimed a spot on our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Spokane Community 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 #13 on the list. Spokane Community College is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Spokane.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Spokane Community College are $4,881 per year. After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from Spokane Community College carry an average student debtload of $19,273. 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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South Plains College

Levelland, TX

South Plains College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. South Plains College is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Levelland.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at South Plains College are $4,088 per year. While working on their Associate's Degree, allied health majors at South Plains College accumulate an average of around $16,100 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $142.

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Seward County Community College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree allied health professions programs. SCCC is a small public school located in the town of Liberal.

SCCC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,640 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #16, Neosho County Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the town of Chanute, Neosho County Community College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Neosho County Community College are $3,904 per year.

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Wharton County Junior College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Wharton County Junior College is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Wharton.

Wharton County Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,824 in tuition and fees each year. Allied Health majors at Wharton County Junior College take out an average of $11,088 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX

Tyler Junior College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Tyler Junior College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tyler.

Tyler Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from Tyler Junior College carry an average student debtload of $13,182. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $116.

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Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Located in the city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a very large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Associate's Degree, allied health majors at North Harris Montgomery accumulate an average of around $12,897 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $113.

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Mitchell Technical Institute ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools list. 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. 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.

Mitchell Technical Institute excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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Garden City Community College

Garden City, KS

Garden City Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Located in the town of Garden City, Garden City Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Garden City Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,874 in tuition and fees each year.

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McLennan Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Waco, MCC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MCC are $3,990 per year. The average amount in student loans that allied health majors at MCC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $19,492. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $167.

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Northeast Community 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 #23 on the list. Located in the town of Norfolk, Northeast is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northeast are $4,860 a year. Allied Health majors at Northeast take out an average of $8,928 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX

With a ranking of #24, Amarillo College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for allied health professions students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of Amarillo, Amarillo College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Amarillo College are $4,704 a year. After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from Amarillo College carry an average student debtload of $16,961. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $166.

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Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX

Weatherford College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree allied health professions programs. Located in the town of Weatherford, Weatherford College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Weatherford College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,060 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Associate's Degree, allied health graduates from Weatherford College carry an average student debtload of $15,408. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $147, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Weatherford College also is in the top 10% of our Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking.

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

#26

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee, WA
#27

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA
#28

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
#29

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, TX
#32

Odessa College

Odessa, TX
#35

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
#37

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
#38

Meridian Community College

Meridian, MS
#41

Yakima Valley College

Yakima, WA
#43

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte, NE
#46

Lake Superior College

Duluth, MN
#48

Napa Valley College

Napa, CA
#50

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Remaining Award Winners

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

Rank College Location
51 San Juan College Farmington, NM
52 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
52 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
54 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
55 Cypress College Cypress, CA
56 Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI
57 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
58 Grayson College Denison, TX
59 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
60 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR
61 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
62 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
63 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
63 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
65 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH
66 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
67 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
68 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
69 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
70 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
71 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
71 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
73 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
74 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
75 GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
75 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
77 South Central College North Mankato, MN
78 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
79 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
80 University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville Batesville, AR
81 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
82 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
83 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID
84 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
85 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX
86 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
87 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
88 Midland College Midland, TX
89 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
90 Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, NM
91 Umpqua Community College Roseburg, OR
91 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
91 Temple College Temple, TX
94 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
95 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
96 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
97 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY
98 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
98 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
100 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
101 Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA
102 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
103 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
104 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
105 University of New Mexico - Valencia County Campus Los Lunas, NM
106 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
107 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
108 Yuba College Marysville, CA
109 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
110 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
111 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
112 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
113 Howard College Big Spring, TX
114 Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor, MI

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 Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
115 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
116 Bryan University Tempe, AZ
117 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
117 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
119 Vernon College Vernon, TX
120 College of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls, ID
121 Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA
122 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
123 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
124 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
125 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
126 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
127 West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore, CA
128 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
129 Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AR
130 North Arkansas College Harrison, AR
131 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA
132 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
133 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
134 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
135 Aiken Technical College Graniteville, SC
136 East Central Community College Decatur, MS
136 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
138 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
139 Butte College Oroville, CA
139 Monroe County Community College Monroe, MI
141 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
141 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
143 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
144 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
145 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville, GA
145 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
145 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
148 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA
149 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
150 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
151 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
152 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson, MS

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).

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