Paterson, NJ (population: 145,162) has forty-five medical billing and coding schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Columbia University in the City of New York, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical billing and coding program, has a total student population of 24,230. It is the 4th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New York.
Medical Billing and Coding students from Paterson 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 New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area alone, there are 8,770 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $42,040. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $42,400/yr and there are 4,120 employed.
Paterson lies in Passaic county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area has 5,063,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $27.05/hr average worker wage, and a $56,250 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.813 out of every 1000 jobs in Paterson are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 1.732/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 45 medical billing and coding schools with a 100-mile radius of Paterson, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Sanford-Brown Institute comes out as the most expensive ($50,832/yr) for medical billing and coding students, with Lehigh Carbon Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,375/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Paterson|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||2.3 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||9.8 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||10.7 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||12.3 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||13.5 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||14.8 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||15.9 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||17.3 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||17.9 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||19.9 miles|