Ottumwa has a general population of 24,998 and an overall student population of 5,203. Approximately 5,137 of Ottumwa's students are enrolled in schools that offer medical assistant programs.
Indian Hills Community College is the largest medical assistant school in Ottumwa, based on student population. In 2010, Indian Hills Community College graduated approximately 3 students with credentials in medical assisting.
A total of 3 students graduated with credentials in medical assisting from medical assistant schools in Ottumwa in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $13,272 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Ottumwa medical assisting schools was an average of $14,760 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,416 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a medical assistant program in Ottumwa. And if you live on campus at one of the Ottumwa-based medical assistant schools, you will have an added expense of $5,610 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $10,392.
Many medical assisting graduates choose to work as medical assistants after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Ottumwa, your job prospects are good. There were 3,030 medical assistants working in Iowa and 810 working in the greater Ottumwa area in 2010. The government projects that the number of medical assistants in Ottumwa will increase by 29% 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 Ottumwa is $26,120 per year, which is lower than the average for medical assistants state-wide.