Charleston, SC (population: 115,017) has two medical billing and coding schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Centura College, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical billing and coding program, has a total student population of 199. It is the 4453rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Medical Billing and Coding students from Charleston 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 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville area alone, there are 570 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $34,950. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $32,100/yr and there are 300 employed.
Charleston lies in Charleston county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville area has 280,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $18.57/hr average worker wage, and a $38,630 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.074 out of every 1000 jobs in Charleston are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 2.041/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 2 medical billing and coding schools with a 100-mile radius of Charleston, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Centura College comes out as the most expensive ($22,925/yr) for medical billing and coding students, with Savannah Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,782/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charleston|
|Mount Pleasant||SC||67,849||4||14.9584||103||7.8 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||8.8 miles|
|Myrtle Beach||SC||-||3||18.832||7||89.1 miles|