Great Bend has a general population of 15,345 and an overall student population of 4,237. Approximately 4,237 of Great Bend's students are enrolled in schools that offer medical assistant programs.
Great Bend's largest medical assistant school is Barton County Community College. In 2010, Barton County Community College graduated approximately 5 students from its medical assisting program.
In 2010, 5 students graduated with a medical assisting degree in Great Bend. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $14,006 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Great Bend medical assisting schools was an average of $14,552 per year in 2009.
You should also anticipate spending about $1,036 for medical assisting related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus at one of the Great Bend-based medical assistant schools, you will have an added expense of $7,341 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $6,665.
Many medical assisting graduates choose to work as medical assistants after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Great Bend, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 4,010 medical assistants in Kansas, 940 were working in the greater Great Bend area. Great Bend's medical assistant workforce is projected to 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 Great Bend is $22,350 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for medical assistants.