Santa Cruz, CA (population: 57,690) has eleven medical assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Institute for Business and Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 691. It is the 954th highest ranked school in the USA and the 61st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Medical Assistant students from Santa Cruz schools who go on to become medical assistants, nurses, dental assistants, medical office assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,970 people working as medical assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $29,450. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area alone, there are 250 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $52,780. Medical assistants in this area earn $36,410/yr and there are 620 employed.
Santa Cruz lies in Santa Cruz county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area has 84,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,870 average annual salary. Thus, about 7 out of every 1000 jobs in Santa Cruz are held by medical assistants, and 3/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 11 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Cruz, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, CSI Career College comes out as the most expensive ($44,912/yr) for medical assistant students, with Mt Diablo Adult Education as the lowest, reported at only $11,676/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Cruz|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||25.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||27.9 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||43.4 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||43.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||51.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||51.5 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||52.1 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||59.8 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||64.3 miles|