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Schools Offering Allied Health Programs in Illinois

Each year, approximately 3.4% of Illinois graduates receive certificates in allied health. In other words, every year an estimated 12,506 allied health professionals graduate from Illinois' 124 allied health schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a allied health program is Northwestern University. Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th in the country in 2010, is located in Evanston. 46 students graduated with a certificate in allied health from Northwestern University in 2010. Tuition at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a allied health program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. Students at Loyola University Chicago paid $32,114 per year in tuition fees.

Elmhurst College, which is located in Elmhurst, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a allied health program. It received a ranking of 35th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Elmhurst College graduated 26 students from its allied health programs. Students at Elmhurst College paid $28,660 per year in tuition fees.


Tuition at Illinois' allied health schools ranges from $40,223 per year to $2,194 per year. But, the average tuition is $8,582 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois allied health schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. Augustana College - located in Rock Island, students are charged $32,235 per year
  3. Loyola University Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,114 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Illinois allied health schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

An allied health certificate from an Illinois school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs allied health graduates in Illinois pursue include home health aide, nursing assistant, psychiatric aide, occupational therapy assistant, and occupational therapy aide. If you decide to work as an allied health professional in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 140,850 Illinois allied health professional as of 2010. This number includes 17,350 certifed medical assistants, 36,120 home health aides, and 57,540 nursing assistants. In Illinois, the largest numbers of allied health professional work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 86,760 allied health professionals
  2. Lake County - 8,390 allied health professionals
  3. Adams County - 5,130 allied health professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of allied health professionals in Illinois will grow by 18%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 129,610 allied health professionals working in Illinois. The greatest growth for allied health professional is predicted to be amongst Physical Therapist Assistants, who are expected to increase by 29% by 2018.


On average, allied health professionals earn a salary of $33,018 per year in Illinois state. However, this number is only an average. Allied health professional in Illinois had varying salaries from $15,380 to $78,080 per year in 2010. On average allied health professional earn the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Cook County - $33,733 per year
  2. Marshall County - $32,781 per year
  3. Lake County - $32,392 per year

The Illinois counties with the lowest average salary for allied health professionals are:

  1. Kankakee County - $26,462 per year
  2. Bureau County - $27,490 per year
  3. Vermilion County - $27,560 per year

On average, the highest paid allied health professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Occupational Therapy Assistant - $50,730 per year
  2. Physical Therapist Assistant - $49,590 per year
  3. Massage Therapist - $35,260 per year

On average, the lowest paid allied health professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Nursing Assistant - $24,250 per year
  2. Home Health Aide - $22,860 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in allied health. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse anesthetist or nurse assisting.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Allied Health in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Allied Health in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Allied Health in Illinois
  • Certificate in Allied Health in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 57,540 $24,250 0.0%
Home Health Aides 36,120 $22,860 69.7%
Medical Assistants 17,350 $30,500 64.8%
Dental Assistants 11,510 $33,270 -7.8%
Medical Transcriptionists 3,570 $33,830 15.2%
Physical Therapist Assistants 3,450 $49,590 38.6%
Massage Therapists 2,720 $35,260 43.9%
Pharmacy Aides 2,330 $26,620 5.0%
Physical Therapist Aides 1,900 $24,850 -23.4%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 1,420 $50,730 29.1%
Medical Equipment Preparers 1,420 $31,570 44.9%
Psychiatric Aides 1,030 $32,110 24.1%
Occupational Therapy Aides 490 $33,790 -19.7%

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