International Falls, MN has fifteen medical assistant schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Michigan University, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 9,428. It is the 2122nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 42nd highest in the state of Michigan (#1 is Kalamazoo College).
Medical Assistant students from International Falls 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 Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 460 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $34,740. Medical assistants in this area earn $26,670/yr and there are 100 employed.
International Falls lies in Koochiching county, which is one of the 61 counties in Minnesota. Overall, the Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area has 51,550 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.5% unemployment rate, $16.92/hr average worker wage, and a $35,200 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.988 out of every 1000 jobs in International Falls are held by medical assistants, and 8.903/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 15 medical assistant schools with a 500-mile radius of International Falls, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan College comes out as the most expensive ($23,148/yr) for medical assistant students, with Bay de Noc Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,918/yr.