Dallas, TX (population: 1,304,930) has four acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Our Lady of the Lake College, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 1,870. It is the 4883rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 110th highest in the state of Louisiana (#1 is Tulane University of Louisiana).
Acupuncture students from Dallas 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 90 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $64,090. Physical therapists in this area earn $82,470/yr and there are 2,030 employed.
Dallas lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.989 out of every 1000 jobs in Dallas are held by physical therapists, and 0.042/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 4 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Dallas, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Our Lady of the Lake College comes out as the most expensive ($9,125/yr) for acupuncture students, with Our Lady of the Lake College as the lowest, reported at only $9,125/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Dallas|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||16.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||24.9 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||26.6 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||32.4 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||33.3 miles|