Salina, KS (population: 46,677) has eight acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern Health Sciences University, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 867. It is the 2059th highest ranked school in the USA and the 32nd highest in the state of Minnesota (#1 is University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).
Acupuncture students from Salina schools who go on to become acupuncturists, massage therapists, alternative medicinal caregivers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Health diagnosing and treating practitioners make on average $77,630 per year and there are about 32,960 of them employed in the US today.
Salina lies in Saline county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary.
Of the 8 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Salina, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern Health Sciences University comes out as the most expensive ($35,062/yr) for acupuncture students, with University of New Mexico-Taos Branch as the lowest, reported at only $8,973/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Salina|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||53.8 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||69.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||80.6 miles|