EduMed.org ranks best schools for online learning in healthcare

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EduMed.org has identified healthcare's best higher education programs based on cost, accreditation and availability of online learning.

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EduMed’s goal is to help each student visitor find a certificate or degree program that can move their healthcare career forward. And that starts with recognizing the schools that are making quality online learning both accessible and affordable to their students.

EduMed.org, a leader in higher education and career information online, has released its 2020 rankings of the top postsecondary schools for online learning in healthcare. These rankings highlight the institutions with the best combinations of quality, affordability and online program options in their respective fields. EduMed’s rankings cover more than 60 academic and vocational subjects, including nursing, healthcare administration, medical assisting and public health.

“EduMed’s goal is to help each student visitor find a certificate or degree program that can move their healthcare career forward,” said Wes Ricketts, founder of EduMed.org. “And that starts with recognizing the schools that are making quality online learning both accessible and affordable to their students.”

EduMed.org researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for each healthcare discipline. Primary data points include:

  • Number of online programs in subject area
  • Online program tuition and fees
  • Access to academic counseling
  • Access to career placement services
  • Number of online students
  • Percentage of students with institutional aid

To qualify for a ranking, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject.

EduMed’s rankings come at a time when colleges and universities across the country are transitioning more of their programs online. Even before COVID-19, enrollment in online courses experienced steady growth. In fall of 2018, 34.7 percent of college students took at least one online class. The pandemic stands to increase that number in the fall of 2020.

“Online learning may not be the ‘new normal’ just yet, but it’s fast developing into a primary mode of lesson delivery,” said Ricketts. “Even in healthcare education where patient interaction and lab work are critical, many of the academic courses can be taken 100 percent remotely.”

Accredited schools with the most appearances in EduMed.org rankings:

1. Purdue University Global - 16
2. Capella University - 16
3. George Washington University - 12
4. University of Arizona - 11
5. Walden University - 9
6. University of Cincinnati - 8
7. University of Mary - 8
8. Stony Brook University - 8
9. University of Missouri – Columbia - 8
10. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis - 8

You can review the full list of EduMed rankings via the following page:
https://www.edumed.org/online-schools/

About EduMed

EduMed.org set out in 2018 to support higher education in healthcare. Our free resource materials and expert-driven guidebooks help students find scholarships, financial aid and top degree programs in nursing, healthcare administration, public health, and dozens of other key medical and health disciplines. Since the site’s official launch in 2019, EduMed has been featured by more than 100 premier colleges and universities across the U.S.

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