The University of Minnesota Crookston has been ranked one of the best schools for online healthcare degree programs, according to U of M Crookston’s online programs in the medical field earned top honors for their overall quality, affordability, and commitment to student success. Just six percent of regionally accredited colleges and universities earned a ranking position.    

“In the coming year, we will be working to build on the success of the program. Some of the priorities include hiring an additional full-time faculty member and working to streamline the internship process, along with applying for re-certification for accreditation with the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB),” said Hinders. Outreach Coordinator Wes Harris says their 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.

“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,” Harris adds.’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.

“One solution to the healthcare shortage is making higher education more accessible to students,” Harris continued. “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.” 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
  • Tuition
  • 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.

Take a look at the full rankings to see where UMN Crookston placed: 
Best Online Healthcare Management Programs –

Story Contact: Julie Hinders