Bluefield, VA has seven phlebotomy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Putnam Career and Technical Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a phlebotomy program, has a total student population of 101. It is the 1050th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Phlebotomy students from Bluefield schools who go on to become phlebotomists. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Medical assistants make on average $29,450 per year and there are about 495,970 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Peoria area alone, there are 780 employed medical assistants earning an average salary of $33,230. Registered nurses in this area earn $54,140/yr and there are 5,050 employed.
Bluefield lies in Tazewell county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Peoria area has 170,260 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 30 out of every 1000 jobs in Bluefield are held by registered nurses, and 5/1000 are held by medical assistants.
Of the 7 phlebotomy schools with a 100-mile radius of Bluefield, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, National College-Salem comes out as the most expensive ($15,032/yr) for phlebotomy students, with Putnam Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $2,184/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bluefield|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||57.4 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||82.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||98.0 miles|