Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two medical assistant schools within its city limits. Everest College-Portland, the highest ranked school in the city with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 737. It is the 4443rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 53rd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Medical Assistant students from Portland 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 1,190 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $46,920. Medical assistants in this area earn $33,420/yr and there are 4,290 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.314 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by medical assistants, and 1.197/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 2 medical assistant schools in Portland, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heald Colllege-LLC-Portland comes out as the most expensive ($20,427/yr) for medical assistant students, with Everest College-Portland as the lowest, reported at only $18,272/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|