Plano, TX (population: 282,016) has five medical office schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Platt College, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical office program, has a total student population of 260. It is the 988th highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Medical Office students from Plano schools who go on to become medical office administrators, office administrators, medical billing specialists, medical office assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 271,710 people working as medical and health services managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,970. Also, Medical and clinical laboratory technicians make on average $37,860 per year and there are about 152,420 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,660 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $36,280. Medical and health services managers in this area earn $94,950/yr and there are 4,020 employed.
Plano lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.963 out of every 1000 jobs in Plano are held by medical and health services managers, and 1.301/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 5 medical office schools with a 100-mile radius of Plano, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Platt College comes out as the most expensive ($30,926/yr) for medical office students, with Tyler Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $5,738/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Plano|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||19.8 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||29.4 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||30.3 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||40.0 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||40.1 miles|