Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has two acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. National College of Natural Medicine, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 517. It is the 6566th highest ranked school in the USA and the 84th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Acupuncture students from Vancouver 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 350 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $61,650. Physical therapists in this area earn $71,790/yr and there are 1,440 employed.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.445 out of every 1000 jobs in Vancouver are held by physical therapists, and 0.355/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, National College of Natural Medicine comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for acupuncture students, with Oregon College of Oriental Medicine as the lowest, reported at only $/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|