Bend has a general population of 52,029 and an overall student population of 6,383. Approximately 6,261 of Bend's students are enrolled in schools that offer medical assistant programs.
Bend's largest medical assistant school is Central Oregon Community College. Approximately 20 students graduated in 2010 from Central Oregon Community College with credentials in medical assisting.
A reported 20 students graduated with credentials in medical assisting in Bend in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $14,967 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Bend medical assisting schools was an average of $18,387 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,125 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a medical assistant program in Bend. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $7,692 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $7,275.
Many medical assisting graduates choose to work as medical assistants after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Bend, your job prospects are good. In 2010, there were 8,530 medical assistants in Oregon. Of these medical assistants, 750 were working in the greater Bend area. The government projects that the number of medical assistants in Bend will increase by 25% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for medical assistants.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a medical assistant in Bend is $30,790 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for medical assistants.