Visalia, CA (population: 127,444) has five medical billing and coding schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. MCed Career College, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical billing and coding program, has a total student population of 438. It is the 1716th highest ranked school in the USA and the 152nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Medical Billing and Coding students from Visalia schools who go on to become medical billing and coding specialists, medical billing specialists, medical administrators, medical secretaries, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 170,580 people working as medical records and health information technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,880. Also, Emergency medical technicians and paramedics make on average $33,020 per year and there are about 217,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Visalia-Porterville area alone, there are 130 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $24,860. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $33,910/yr and there are 90 employed.
Visalia lies in Tulare county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Visalia-Porterville area has 131,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Visalia are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 1/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 5 medical billing and coding schools with a 100-mile radius of Visalia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Clovis Adult Education comes out as the most expensive ($28,959/yr) for medical billing and coding students, with MCed Career College as the lowest, reported at only $15,462/yr.
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