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Schools Offering Healthcare Programs in Tennessee

Around 10.8% of Tennessee's graduates graduate from healthcare degree programs every year. Thus, Tennessee's 101 healthcare schools put out approximately 15,829 healthcare professionals each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Tennessee with a healthcare program is Vanderbilt University, which is located in Nashville. In 2010, it was ranked 11th nationwide. 558 students graduated with a degree in healthcare from Vanderbilt University in 2010. Students at Vanderbilt University paid $39,930 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Tennessee that has a healthcare program is Milligan College. Milligan College, which was ranked 37th in the country in 2010, is located in Milligan College. In 2010, 52 students graduated from Milligan College healthcare program. The tuition rate at Milligan College was $23,520 per year.

Martin Methodist College, which is located in Pulaski, is the third-ranked school in Tennessee that has a healthcare program. It received a ranking of 38th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 7 students graduated from Martin Methodist College healthcare program. Tuition at Martin Methodist College was $19,518 per year.


Healthcare schools in Tennessee, charge students an average tuition of $7,938 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $39,930 per year, or as little as $3,057 per year. In 2010, the following Tennessee healthcare schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Vanderbilt University - located in Nashville, students are charged $39,930 per year
  2. Maryville College - located in Maryville, students are charged $29,473 per year
  3. Belmont University - located in Nashville, students are charged $23,680 per year

The healthcare schools in Tennessee that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Nashville State Community College - located in Nashville, students are charged $3,057 per year
  2. Columbia State Community College - located in Columbia, students are charged $3,073 per year
  3. Cleveland State Community College - located in Cleveland, students are charged $3,101 per year

A healthcare degree from a Tennessee school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs healthcare graduates in Tennessee pursue include office manager, clinical social worker, teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped, fitness and wellness coordinator, and nurse epidemiologist. If you decide to work as a healthcare professional in Tennessee, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 123,450 Tennessee healthcare professional as of 2010. This number includes 980 clinical instructors, 6,070 office managers, and 2,790 clinical social workers. The largest populations of Tennessee healthcare professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Cannon County - 29,850 healthcare professionals
  2. Crittenden County - 27,040 healthcare professionals
  3. Anderson County - 17,470 healthcare professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of healthcare professionals in Tennessee will grow by 19%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 136,370 healthcare professionals working in Tennessee. The greatest growth for healthcare professional is predicted to be amongst Clinical Research Scientists, who are expected to increase by 38% by 2018.


On average, healthcare professionals earn $63,163 per year. However, this number is only an average. Healthcare professional in Tennessee had varying salaries from $15,780 to $162,930 per year in 2010. The following counties in Tennessee have the highest average salaries for healthcare professionals:

  1. Catoosa County - $68,025 per year
  2. Cannon County - $66,437 per year
  3. Crittenden County - $65,661 per year

The following counties in Tennessee have the lowest average salaries for healthcare professional:

  1. Grainger County - $45,321 per year
  2. Chester County - $56,650 per year
  3. Benton County - $56,953 per year

On average, the highest paid healthcare professionals in Tennessee were:

  1. Allergists And Immunologist - $214,750 per year
  2. Pediatrician - $177,460 per year
  3. Biophysics Scientist - $109,570 per year

On average, the lowest paid healthcare professionals in Tennessee were:

  1. Physical Therapy Aide - $22,450 per year
  2. Plastic Surgeon - per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Tennessee statistics regarding a career in healthcare and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as x ray technology or ultrasound technology.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Healthcare in Tennessee
  • Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare in Tennessee
  • Master's Degree in Healthcare in Tennessee
  • Doctoral Degree in Healthcare in Tennessee
  • Certificate in Healthcare in Tennessee

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 61,890 $60,480 18.8%
Medical Assistants 10,970 $27,140 26.2%
Medical Secretaries 6,140 $27,450 -8.5%
Medical and Health Services Managers 6,070 $79,040 20.2%
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 4,120 $214,750
Physical Therapists 4,090 $77,790 22.1%
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 3,310 $31,000 11.8%
Healthcare Social Workers 2,790 $46,370 50.0%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 2,560 $85,190 -12.3%
Mental Health Counselors 2,480 $32,670 32.6%
Physical Therapist Assistants 2,270 $51,680 0.0%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 2,180 $35,070 -9.9%
Speech-Language Pathologists 2,080 $58,280 27.6%
Occupational Therapists 1,900 $73,700 17.3%
Physician Assistants 1,600 $90,320 131.9%
Dietitians and Nutritionists 1,260 $50,020 37.0%
Surgeons 1,130 n/a 22.8%
Health Educators 980 $39,610 0.0%
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 950 $65,490 150.0%
Physical Therapist Aides 910 $22,450 26.4%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 840 $49,840 104.9%
Education Administrators, All Other 580 $65,080
Pediatricians, General 400 $177,460 0.0%
Athletic Trainers 400 $40,170 -11.1%
Physicists 360 $109,570
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 340 $78,480 9.7%
Radiation Therapists 260 $66,790 -3.7%
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 210 $50,140 10.5%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 170 $61,750
Epidemiologists 120 $56,040 140.0%
Occupational Therapy Aides 90 $34,230 28.6%

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