Nashville, TN (population: 605,197) has three paramedic schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Kentucky University, the highest ranked school in this group with a paramedic program, has a total student population of 20,712. It is the 1859th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Kentucky (#1 is Centre College).
Paramedic students from Nashville schools who go on to become paramedics, EMTs, emergency medical service workers, emergency medical technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 217,920 people working as emergency medical technicians and paramedics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,020. Also, Ambulance drivers and attendants make on average $23,140 per year and there are about 19,570 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area alone, there are ** employed ambulance drivers and attendants earning an average salary of $18,900. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $33,290/yr and there are 1,420 employed.
Nashville lies in Davidson 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 1.968 out of every 1000 jobs in Nashville are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and **/1000 are held by ambulance drivers and attendants.
Of the 3 paramedic schools with a 100-mile radius of Nashville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Kentucky University comes out as the most expensive ($9,729/yr) for paramedic students, with Volunteer State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,995/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Nashville|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||58.5 miles|