With an overall population of 95,447 and a student population of 66,405, approximately 50,691 of Gainesville students attend one of Gainesville's schools that offer medical assistant programs.
The largest medical assistant school in Gainesville, by student population, is University of Florida. In 2010, University of Florida graduated approximately 59 students with credentials in medical assisting.
A total of 59 students graduated with credentials in medical assisting from medical assistant schools in Gainesville in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $16,183 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Gainesville medical assisting schools was an average of $35,554 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $990 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a medical assistant program in Gainesville. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $7,500 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $8,683.
Many medical assisting graduates choose to work as medical assistants after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Gainesville, your job prospects are good. There were 34,830 medical assistants working in Florida and 600 working in the greater Gainesville area in 2010. The government projects that the number of medical assistants in Gainesville will increase by 30% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for medical assistants.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a medical assistant in Gainesville is $25,690 per year, which is lower than the average for medical assistants state-wide.