Murfreesboro, TN (population: 109,230) has ten medical coding schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical coding program, has a total student population of 644. It is the 2006th highest ranked school in the USA and the 46th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Medical Coding students from Murfreesboro 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 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area alone, there are 1,420 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $33,290. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $34,220/yr and there are 590 employed.
Murfreesboro lies in Rutherford county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area has 719,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $19.13/hr average worker wage, and a $39,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.818 out of every 1000 jobs in Murfreesboro are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 1.968/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 10 medical coding schools with a 100-mile radius of Murfreesboro, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Draughons Junior College comes out as the most expensive ($26,443/yr) for medical coding students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville as the lowest, reported at only $10,704/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Murfreesboro|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||77.5 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||96.0 miles|