West Orange, NJ (population: 49,330) has twenty-one medical assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Quinnipiac University, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 7,758. It is the 193rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Connecticut (#1 is Wesleyan University).
Medical Assistant students from West Orange 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 Newark-Union-PA Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,310 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $50,660. Medical assistants in this area earn $34,340/yr and there are 3,260 employed.
West Orange lies in Essex county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the Newark-Union-PA Metropolitan area has 974,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $25.36/hr average worker wage, and a $52,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.347 out of every 1000 jobs in West Orange are held by medical assistants, and 3.400/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 21 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of West Orange, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Healthcare Training Institute comes out as the most expensive ($35,856/yr) for medical assistant students, with Bucks County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,985/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from West Orange|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||2.8 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||7.7 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||11.9 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||12.0 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||14.7 miles|
|Staten Island||NY||-||3||40.1655||127||15.4 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||16.6 miles|
|Perth Amboy||NJ||49,138||1||20.4079||6||18.7 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||18.7 miles|