Fort Dodge has a total population of 25,136 and a student population of 6,033. Of these students, 5,905 are enrolled in schools that offer medical assistant programs.
The largest medical assistant school in Fort Dodge, by student population, is Iowa Central Community College. Approximately 18 students graduated in 2010 from Iowa Central Community College with credentials in medical assisting.
In 2010, 18 students graduated with a medical assisting degree in Fort Dodge. If you decide to attend one of Fort Dodge's medical assistant schools, you can expect to pay an average of $12,665 per year in instate tuition and $14,405 per year in out of state tuition.
You should also anticipate spending about $900 for medical assisting related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus at one of the Fort Dodge-based medical assistant schools, you will have an added expense of $4,975 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $7,290.
If you decide to work as a medical assistant in Fort Dodge, your job prospects are good. There were 3,990 medical assistants working in Iowa and 330 working in the greater Fort Dodge area in 2010. The number of medical assistants in Fort Dodge is expected to increase by 23% 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 Fort Dodge is $25,960 per year, which is lower than the average for medical assistants state-wide.