Bethlehem has a general population of 71,329 and an overall student population of 20,642. Approximately 11,196 of Bethlehem's students are enrolled in schools that offer medical assistant programs.
Bethlehem's largest medical assistant school is Northampton County Area Community College. In 2010, Northampton County Area Community College graduated approximately 8 students from its medical assisting program.
In 2010, 8 students graduated with a medical assisting certificate from one of Bethlehem's medical assistant schools. Tuition in 2009 at Bethlehem's medical assistant schools was $18,464 per year for instate students and $21,824 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,300 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a medical assistant program in Bethlehem. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,862 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $11,602.
If you decide to work as a medical assistant in Bethlehem, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 13 medical assistants in Pennsylvania were working in the greater Bethlehem area. Bethlehem's medical assistant workforce is projected to increase by 23% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for medical assistants.
As a medical assistant in Bethlehem, you can expect to make an average salary of $28,470 per year. This is higher than the average salary for medical assistants in the state.