Petersburg, VA has two medical assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Fortis College, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 357. It is the 1270th highest ranked school in the USA and the 33rd highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Medical Assistant students from Petersburg 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 Richmond area alone, there are 3,950 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $40,260. Medical assistants in this area earn $30,160/yr and there are 1,500 employed.
Petersburg lies in Petersburg county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Richmond area has 595,920 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.03/hr average worker wage, and a $43,740 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.511 out of every 1000 jobs in Petersburg are held by medical assistants, and 6.632/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 2 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Petersburg, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Career Institute comes out as the most expensive ($36,075/yr) for medical assistant students, with Fortis College as the lowest, reported at only $17,460/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Petersburg|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||22.4 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||50.2 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||82.5 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||90.6 miles|