Accredited Online Health Science Schools and Degree Programs

Verifying the program you are considering is accredited is one of the quickest and easiest ways to ensure that it offers a quality education. The information in this guide has been designed to help prospective health sciences students learn more about accredited online health science degree programs. In addition, a useful list of potential careers and a comprehensive database of relevant health science degree programs is also provided.

  • Accreditation Agencies
  • Career Options
  • Notable Schools

Accreditation Agencies

Unlike institutional accreditation, which only certifies the quality of an entire college or university, program accreditation verifies the quality of the education provided for a particular degree. There are a wide range of accreditors in the health sciences field that are tailored to specialties like occupational therapy, respiratory care, nutrition and dietetics and athletic training; two more general accrediting agencies in the allied health fields are:

Career Options

A wide range of employment options are available to graduates with health sciences degrees. This list includes some of the most popular careers in the field.

JOB TITLE NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT MEAN HOURLY WAGE MEAN ANNUAL WAGE
Medical and Health Services Manager 315,500 $42.59 $88,580
Occupational Therapist 113,200 $36.25 $75,400
Physical Therapist 204,200 $38.39 $79,860
Radiologic and MRI Technologist 229,300 $26.88 $55,910
Respiratory Therapist 119,300 $26.86 $55,870

Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Notable Schools

Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.

Online

Top schools are now offering online health science degree programs. However, students should check with each school for its specific requirements, since some online programs require a minimal amount of on-campus participation.

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

San Antonio, Texas / Online

BHS’s School of Health Professions offers an online Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Management as well as online certificate programs in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Accredited by ABHES and CAAEHEC, the school also offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Surgical Technology. Students at Baptist benefit from being part of a larger healthcare system that includes five acute-care hospitals as well as centers for children’s and women’s care.

The College of Health Care Professions

Houston, Texas / Online

Offering six degree programs online, the College of Health Care Professions provides a variety of options to aspiring health sciences students. Accredited by ABHES, the school has three online associate of applied science programs that include health care management, medical assistant, and health information technology and management. In addition, three online bachelor’s degrees, including health care management, radiologic science education, and radiologic technology management, are also offered.

Pima Medical Institute

Tuscon, Arizona / Online

Accredited by ABHES, Pima Medical Institute offers a number of degree programs that appeal to health sciences students. Both an Associate and Bachelor’s of Health Care Administration are available online. In addition, online bachelor’s degrees in radiologic sciences and respiratory therapy are offered. PMI has campuses across the country, and its students prize its lifetime career services.

Campus Only

Many of the nation’s best schools offer health sciences degrees but not online. This list includes some of the highest-ranked, campus only programs.

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Through its College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at Sargent College, Boston College offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science with core courses that include the humanities as well as biological sciences. Students complete a practicum on-site at a health care institution either in Boston or overseas. A combined degree with a Master’s of Public Health is also available. BU’s Sargent College is ranked 2nd among occupational therapy graduate programs and 30th in rehabilitation counseling according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Ranked 15th among graduate occupational therapy programs, according to U.S. News & World Report, the Ohio State University offers a health sciences undergraduate program. The degree is designed to prepare students who intend to continue their education in a graduate or professional program, like hospital administration, nurse practitioner or physical therapy. Curriculum is tailored for the anticipated specialty, and minors in a wide variety of areas–including aging, human nutrition and cognitive science–are all available.

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A number of academic degree programs are offered at the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. Bachelor’s degrees are available in athletic training, communication science, health information management, and nutrition and dietetics. Unique programs in emergency medicine (designed to prepare EMTs), as well as an undergraduate program in rehabilitation science are also offered. Pitts’ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is ranked 6th for occupational therapy and 8th for audiology graduate programs.