Liberal, KS has fifty-two medical billing and coding schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Omaha School of Massage Therapy, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical billing and coding program, has a total student population of 104. It is the 780th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Nebraska (#1 is University of Nebraska at Kearney).
Medical Billing and Coding students from Liberal 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 Kansas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 1,630 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $23,180. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $29,000/yr and there are 830 employed.
Liberal lies in Seward county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.879 out of every 1000 jobs in Liberal are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 3.665/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 52 medical billing and coding schools with a 500-mile radius of Liberal, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest College-Dallas comes out as the most expensive ($38,765/yr) for medical billing and coding students, with Neosho County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,444/yr.
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