2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Healthcare Degrees

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With annual tuitions ranging from $2,160 to $10,890, these 25 online schools offer the most affordable options for students wishing to earn a degree in healthcare. 20 of the schools below have tuitions under $10,000 a year, and 5 schools cost under $5,000 annually. Online healthcare programs are available at the certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's levels and cover such topics as medical and health services management, pharmaceutical marketing and management, dental hygiene, medical diagnostic imaging, and more.

An online associate degree or higher in healthcare was required of schools to be evaluated for our ranking. Also, out-of-state tuition was used unless all online students receive in-state rates.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Healthcare Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Holmes Community College Annual Tuition $2,160 Healthcare Degrees: Associate
#2 #2 South Texas College Annual Tuition $3,450 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Darton State College Annual Tuition $4,125 Healthcare Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#4 #4 Aspen University Annual Tuition $4,500 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#4 #4 California Coast University Annual Tuition $4,500 Healthcare Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#6 #6 College of Southern Nevada Annual Tuition $5,682 Healthcare Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#7 #7 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,824 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#8 #8 Northwest Technical College Annual Tuition $5,970 Healthcare Degrees: Associate
#9 #9 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,300 Healthcare Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#10 #10 Madison Area Technical College Annual Tuition $6,685 Healthcare Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#11 #11 Laramie County Community College Annual Tuition $7,128 Healthcare Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#12 #12 Grantham University Annual Tuition $7,950 Healthcare Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#13 #13 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Healthcare Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#14 #14 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,400 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 American Sentinel University Annual Tuition $8,910 Healthcare Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Southwestern Community College - NC Annual Tuition $9,214 Healthcare Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#17 #17 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,340 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#19 #19 American College of Healthcare Sciences Annual Tuition $9,750 Healthcare Degrees: Associate, Master's, and Certificate
#19 #19 Granite State College Annual Tuition $9,750 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $10,092 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#22 #22 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $10,380 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#23 #23 Baker College Online Annual Tuition $10,800 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#24 #24 Charter Oak State College Annual Tuition $10,890 Healthcare Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#24 #24 National American University Online Annual Tuition $10,890 Healthcare Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $2,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Holmes Community College offers a variety of online associate degrees related to healthcare, which prepare students for bachelor’s degrees or entry-level careers in dentistry, allied health, nursing, veterinary science, and other specialties. At $2,160 for annual tuition, Holmes Community College is the most affordable option for those seeking an online degree in the healthcare field and is a great choice for those at the beginning of their careers.

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Online Associate Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $3,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The Bachelor of Applied Technology in Medical and Health Services degree from South Texas College is a 120-credit hour program that prepares students for management positions at healthcare facilities. Courses include Public Health Management, Decision Making, and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals. Admission to this program requires students to have an associate degree in a related or medical field such as nursing, pharmacy technician, or human resources management. South Texas College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Darton State College offers several associate degree and certificate options. The associate degrees in Histotechnology and Medical Laboratory Technology focus on preparing students for careers in health-related labs. Degree requirements range from 60 to 70 credit hours required for graduation. Students take general education courses grounded in strong science backgrounds as well as their major courses. The certificate options include the same courses as the associate degree options without the general education requirements and average 18-25 credit hours required for completion.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Aspen University offers an extremely affordable Bachelor of Science in Medical Management at only $4,500 annually. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to be accepted into the Bachelor’s program and acceptance into the school is conditional based on completion of an Introduction of Communications course. In order to graduate, students must complete 120 required credits, as well as three proctored exams. The bachelor’s program at Aspen University is designed for students looking to pursue a graduate level degree or healthcare administration professionals looking to further their career. Aspen University also offers an online MBA in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

The online healthcare administration degrees at California Coast University are designed with flexibility so students can start their degree at any time of the year and finish on their own schedule. The 126-credit Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree is comprised of courses that are not structured into semesters, quarters or terms, allowing complete control over scheduling. With a student recommendation rate of 91%, California Coast University is also one of the most highly reviewed online schools.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,682
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

College of Southern Nevada’s dental hygiene programs can be completed full-time or part-time, giving students the flexibility to pick the schedule that best suits their lives. The College of Southern Nevada provides “guided pathways” to help students schedule out all 120 credits required in the full-time or part-time schedule they choose. An online certificate is also available in medical transcription. With an annual tuition of only $5,682, the College of Southern Nevada is one of the most affordable and flexible options in the country.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,824
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Studies at Fort Hays State University is designed for healthcare professionals looking to further their career. Students must have professional credentials in a clinically-based allied health discipline in order to qualify for the bachelor’s degree program. Up to 30 credit hours can be transferred towards the completion of the 120 credit hours required to graduate. Fort Hays University also offers an online Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imagining, as well as master’s and certificate programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Northwest Technical College, a non-profit public college located in Bemidji, Minnesota, offers a variety of online associate degrees, like healthcare administration and medical coding, and certificate programs, like medical insurance and occupational safety. Advisors are available to students to help map out a path to continuing studies at a Minnesota state university of their choice.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Columbia Southern University offers online healthcare degrees from the associate to the master’s level, as well as certificates. According to a survey of graduates in 2014, 97% would recommend CSU’s programs and courses to others and 96% were satisfied with their studies. Columbia Southern offers programs to make it easier to schedule classes around busy schedules. The LifePace Learning option allows students to complete courses on their own timeline ranging from 4 to 18 weeks. CSU also offers the Veterans Advantage option, which has flexible start and end dates and no weekly deadlines.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,685
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The Medical Administration Specialist program is an Associate of Applied Science degree from Madison Area Technical College. Students take courses like Medical Language, Accounting, and Written Communication and are required to do a one-credit, 72 hour internship, typically during their last semester. In a post-graduation survey, 88% of the 2013 graduates were employed and 100% of surveyed students were satisfied with their education. With tuition at less than $7,000 per year, this is a very affordable option for those interested in a career in medical administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,128
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology at Laramie County Community College is unique in that it is a stacked certificate option. On the way to an associate degree, students obtain a Medical Office Essentials credit diploma and a Medical Claims Coding Associate credit certificate. Students may stop after completion of one of the certificates and seek employment or continue on to complete the associate degree. By combining these certificates into an associate’s degree, students have a broad range of knowledge when entering the healthcare field.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Grantham University offers online healthcare degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level, as well as certificate options. Students take courses such as Health Informatics, Finance, and Data Communications. Grantham University is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Semesters last 8 weeks and enrollment begins frequently, providing flexibility for busy schedules. Grantham University prides itself on being very military friendly and offers benefits such as military rates and scholarships.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The American Public University System (APUS) encompasses both American Military University and American Public University. With online health degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels, APUS offers a wide variety of options for students pursuing different interests and rigors. Online classes start monthly and run for 8 or 16 weeks, which gives students flexibility in scheduling their classes. 58% of APUS students are active duty military.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers two online Bachelor’s degree programs for those looking to further their healthcare education. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health program is a degree completion program that is designed for students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree while continuing to work in their current position. 30 credits may be transferred into this 120-credit hour program from prior education. The school also offers a Radiologic Technologist to Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree program, in which students can apply 44 credits from their associate degree to the 120-credit hour bachelor’s program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

American Sentinel University is a healthcare focused online university that is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. They offer multiple master’s degrees in healthcare, including a Master’s of Business Administration in Healthcare Management and a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Management and Organizational Leadership Organization specialization. Students can apply credits from past coursework and certifications towards their degree, which cuts down on the overall time and cost of education. They also offer flexible payment plans including 0% interest financing. Military professionals can earn up to 41% off of standard tuition rates.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,214
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Southwestern Community College offers one associate and two certificate healthcare programs online. The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Administration degree is a 67-credit hour program. Courses include Accounting, Medical Terminology, and Administrative Office Management. The school also offers certificates in health informatics and medical assisting. Health professionals may be able to apply credit from previously completed courses and certificates to obtain degrees more quickly.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The online Bachelor’s of Science in Communicative Disorders from Eastern New Mexico University has a tuition of less than $10,000 annually. Students who complete this degree are eligible for licensure as an Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist/Speech-Language Pathology Apprentice, though requirements vary from state to state. Students typically use a 16-week course rotation in order to successfully graduate on time. Online courses at Eastern New Mexico University have class-size limitations, ensuring adequate instructor attention for each student.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Southern New Hampshire University Online offers six bachelor’s degrees in healthcare that average less than $10,000 per year in tuition costs, as well as four master’s degrees and two certificates, preparing students for employment in a variety of healthcare settings. Southern New Hampshire University is a non-profit university regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The 24/7 virtual campus allows students to complete their online healthcare degrees at their own pace. SNHU has over 60,000 online students, making it one of the fastest growing universities in the nation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

The American College of Healthcare Sciences was the first accredited online college offering degrees in holistic healthcare and is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The school offers online programs at the certificate, associate, and master’s levels. The school offers unique certificate programs, including Aromatherapy, Wellness Consulting, and Herbal Retail Management, as well as a holistic medicine study-abroad program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Granite State College offers three online healthcare bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership online. This 120-credit degree completion program prepares students for employment as allied health managers, allied health administrators, or allied health educators. In order to qualify for this program, students must have an associate’s degree or comparable professional licensure. Granite State College also offers online bachelor’s degrees in Health and Wellness, Health Care Management, and Health Information Management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

South Dakota State University has online healthcare degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. In order to qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, students must have documentation of at least two years of clinical laboratory work experience or a completed certificate in medical laboratory science. Graduates of the South Dakota State University program are eligible to take the certification examination as a medical laboratory scientist from the Board of Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Wilmington University offers a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health degree completion program, in which students are able to transfer in most, if not all, credits from a related associate degree. The school also offers a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. To complete the master’s degree, students must complete an 18-credit hour business management core, a 12-credit hour healthcare concentration and six elective credits. Online courses are offered in seven or fifteen week formats and students are expected to participate weekly in course discussions or other assignments. Wilmington also offers online degrees that focus on nursing.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The curriculum of Baker College’s Bachelor of Health Services Administration was designed with the input of an Advisory Board of healthcare professionals to ensure its quality. The bachelor's program runs on open enrollment, meaning students can apply whenever they are ready. The Master of Business Administration program is a 53-credit program that is internationally accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Graduates of Baker College online are eligible for the school’s Lifetime Employment Services, which provides support with resumes, cover letters, job search, and interview questions.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Charter Oak State College offers two online bachelor’s degrees and two certificate programs in healthcare. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration does not guarantee licensure, so each student should make sure to check the licensure requirements in their home state. The Bachelor's Degree of Health Information Management is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. In addition to transfer credits, students may be able to earn credits via exams or prior life experience.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

All of National American University’s online associate degrees are designed for “program laddering,” which means they may be applied to the school’s Bachelor’s in Science of Healthcare Management degree. National American University Online also offers many military programs and benefits to help military professionals complete their education conveniently and affordably.

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