South Dakota contains seven schools that offer acupuncture programs. Northwestern Health Sciences University, the highest-ranking acupuncture school in SD, has a total student population of 867 and is the 2059th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 7 acupuncture schools in South Dakota, 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), with Red Rocks Community College as the lowest recorded at only $11,040/yr.
Acupuncture students from South Dakota 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. In fact, in the South Dakota alone, there are 40 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average yearly salary of $54,940. Physical therapists in this state earn $66,490/yr and there are 570 employed.
Also, within the acupuncture schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from acupuncture, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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