Suffolk, VA (population: 84,501) 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 Suffolk 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 4,280 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $35,900. Medical assistants in this area earn $26,620/yr and there are 3,390 employed.
Suffolk lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.607 out of every 1000 jobs in Suffolk are held by medical assistants, and 5.824/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 2 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Suffolk, 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 Suffolk|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||27.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||33.4 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||69.7 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||82.9 miles|