There are lots of criteria you use to choose a place to call home: cost of living, access to good medical care, space for outdoor activities and proximity to a cultural center among them. But, as a healthcare professional, one factor that should reside close to the top of your list is access to good continuing healthcare education. Heaven forbid you should settle into a job and new digs, only to find a dearth of places to quench your thirst for more education.
So here’s a look at some of the places around the country that offer easy access to programs you might need to keep growing in your healthcare career.
According to “U.S. News & World Report,” you’ll find some of the highest-ranking schools for graduate healthcare programs in some of the country’s premier metropolitan areas.
If you’re a fan of the capital Beltway area, you’ll be happy to know the publication ranks Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in Baltimore as two of the country’s best schools for graduate nursing education, and George Washington University in the District of Columbia as one of the best places to train as a physician assistant.
A little further north in the City of Brotherly Love, you’ll find the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, home to another of the country’s best schools for graduate nursing education. The city also hosts two of the nation’s best physician assistant programs, at the University of Philadelphia and Drexel University.
Not to be outdone, the Windy City offers two top-ranked graduate nursing programs — at the University of Illinois/Chicago and Rush University — and a highly regarded physician assistant program at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.
Out in the sticks, but not out of favor
You don’t have to be an urban animal to have easy access to top-notch healthcare education programs. If your taste runs to smaller, more manageable cities or suburban/rural areas, you can still find the career-boosting education you need.
According to U.S. News, tiny Stony Brook, N.Y., with its population of just 13,700, is home to a top-ranked physician assistant program, Stony Brook University at the State University of New York. The publication also gives high marks to the PA program at Shenandoah University, which is nestled in the mini-city of Winchester, Va.
U.S. News goes on to say that two of the country’s finest graduate nursing programs are at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the University of Virginia in diminutive Charlottesville, with a population of just 43,500.
So whether you prefer bright city lights or wide-open spaces, you can find the educational support you need to ensure your healthcare career continues to thrive.