Tacoma, WA (population: 200,855) has six medical assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Renton Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 4,346. It is the 3607th highest ranked school in the USA and the 62nd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Medical Assistant students from Tacoma 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 Tacoma Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,800 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $44,580. Medical assistants in this area earn $32,600/yr and there are 1,280 employed.
Tacoma lies in Pierce county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Tacoma Metropolitan area has 265,490 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $21.39/hr average worker wage, and a $44,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.826 out of every 1000 jobs in Tacoma are held by medical assistants, and 6.763/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 6 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Tacoma, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Renton Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($10,931/yr) for medical assistant students, with Seattle Community College-South Campus as the lowest, reported at only $6,159/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tacoma|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||7.0 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||11.7 miles|