Boise State University has been ranked one of today’s best schools for online healthcare degree programs by EduMed.org. Boise State’s online programs in the medical field earned top honors for their overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success.
“Our rankings feature the programs giving future nurses and allied health professionals the best chance for success, from day one in the classroom to day one on the job,” said Wes Harris, outreach coordinator for EduMed.org. “This starts with having a price tag that students can afford, as well as providing academic counseling, career placement services, and other key resources and support that help students graduate and get hired.
EduMed.org’s rankings come at a time when the demand for trained healthcare professionals is on the rise. According to Mercer, a global consulting leader in healthcare, the U.S. will see millions of vacancies in critical healthcare positions by 2025. Nurse practitioner, nursing assistant and home health aide roles stand to experience some of the greatest shortages over the next three years and beyond.
“One solution to the healthcare shortage is making higher education more accessible to students,” said Harris. “Online programs open the door to those who may not be able to commit to a campus-based program because of their typical inflexibility, the commute, or their personal demanding schedules. The schools on our rankings have made online learning a priority.
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:
- Academic counseling services
- Career placement services
- Student-to-faculty ratio
- Percent of students receiving school-based financial aid
- Amount of school-based aid per student
To be eligible, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject. Just 6 percent of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.
EduMed.org set out in 2018 to support higher education in healthcare. Their complimentary resource materials are 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.org has been featured by more than 100 premier colleges and universities across the U.S.