Omaha, NE (population: 449,283) has eleven 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 Omaha 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.
Omaha lies in Douglas county, which is one of the 40 counties in Nebraska. Overall, the Omaha-Council Bluffs-IA area has 452,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $19.23/hr average worker wage, and a $40,000 average annual salary.
Of the 11 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Omaha, 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 Red Rocks Community College as the lowest, reported at only $11,040/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Omaha|
|Council Bluffs||IA||59,918||3||15.2545||57||7.9 miles|
|Sioux City||IA||83,250||6||24.3659||219||88.0 miles|