University of Maine named a top school for online education in health care

The University of Maine has been named one of today’s best schools for online higher education in health care by, a website that connects students to flexible education programs to fast-track careers in nursing and allied health. UMaine’s online interprofessional graduate certificate in gerontology ranked No. 12 in best accredited online gerontology programs in 2023 from a four-year school.

UMaine’s online interprofessional graduate certificate in gerontology is designed to increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of health and human service professionals who provide care to older adults in a variety of settings. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who, because of the rapidly aging population, find themselves caring for a growing number of older adults. The 9-credit certificate program, consisting of three courses, is offered fully online. researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for each healthcare discipline that considered academic counseling services, career placement services, student-to-faculty ratio, tuition, percent of students receiving school-based financial aid, amount of school-based aid per student and other factors. 

“Our rankings showcase the schools giving future nurses and allied health professionals the best chance to succeed from day one in the classroom to day one on the job,” said Wes Harris, outreach coordinator for “This starts with low-cost tuition, but also includes academic counseling, career placement and other key resources that students need to graduate and get hired.”

To be eligible, a school had to hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject. Just 8% of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position. 

Full rankings are available on the EduMed website.