ranks DSU in top 10

According to,, an online education consumer research group that publishes online school rankings, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota, ranks #7 as offering the most affordable online bachelor's degrees in the healthcare majors area.

DSU's Online Bachelor of Science Health Information Administration ranked as the #7 Best Buy for online students nationwide in's recent affordability survey of regionally accredited online college degree programs for health professionals.

Online students nationwide will pay an estimated cost of about $32,500 for the Online Bachelor of Science Health Information Administration.

By comparison, the most expensive online health bachelors in the online education survey, a Bachelor's of Science Health Services Administration, came from Berkeley College, a private, for-profit, West Virginia university. The Berkeley online bachelor degree sported an estimated cost of about $86,900.'s online bachelor degree affordability rankings for healthcare professionals were based on a review of 22 online universities (regionally accredited) that offer 32 different online healthcare bachelor degrees in career areas such as healthcare management, health administration, medical records informatics, dietetics, sports health, and nutrition.

According to the online degree rankings team the average cost, tuition and distance education fees included, for an accredited bachelor's degree program in healthcare is $45,600.

Dakota State University is a residential, state, non-profit educational system, founded in 1881. DSU was originally chartered to train teachers in the Dakota Territory in the late 19th century. Today, DSU offers 38 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Twenty-two associate, bachelors and masters degrees are offered online marking Dakota State as a technology-integrated open access campus..

This is not the first time DSU's online degrees have been reviewed and ranked as Best Buys among regionally accredited online education providers by the editorial team.

DSU has previously been awarded Best Buy awards for consumer cost efficiency for its online master's in computer science and education as well as its online bachelors in business administration.

"By delivering affordable online degree programs Dakota State University is opening up access to high paying careers for working healthcare professionals nationwide. In a time when education systems are being faulted for saddling students with unusually high debt loads DSU should be applauded as a model for how to deliver online education that is both cost efficient and career responsive," says Vicky Phillips.'s Chief Online Education Analyst.'s complete Best Buy Rankings Online Bachelor's Degrees Healthcare, is posted on the distance learning research firm's website.

According to the U.S. government, healthcare is one of the largest industries in the country. The health sector offers ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations. Health management and administration openings are expected to see a growth of almost 17% in the coming years.

 "'s research confirms that an online bachelor's degree in healthcare can vary in cost from under $25,000 to over $86,000," says Phillips. "Our mission is to help consumers get educated about cost and credibility before they whip out their credit cards to enroll. Our online education reviewers are pleased to add another online degree from Dakota to our list of top ranked affordable online degree options."

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Last Updated: 1/10/12