Worcester, MA (population: 174,854) has twenty-three medical coding schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lebanon College, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical coding program, has a total student population of 273. It is the 1987th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of New Hampshire (#1 is Saint Anselm College).
Medical Coding students from Worcester schools who go on to become medical coders, medical assistants, medical secretaries, medical office assistants, 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 Worcester-CT area alone, there are 470 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $37,200. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $37,310/yr and there are 430 employed.
Worcester lies in Worcester county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Worcester-CT area has 239,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $22.49/hr average worker wage, and a $46,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.791 out of every 1000 jobs in Worcester are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 1.958/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 23 medical coding schools with a 100-mile radius of Worcester, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lincoln Technical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($23,639/yr) for medical coding students, with Massasoit Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,610/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Worcester|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||32.2 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||32.9 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||39.9 miles|