Newport News, VA (population: 182,057) has three occupational therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Occupational Therapy Assistant students from Newport News schools who go on to become occupational therapy assistants, medical assistants, medical office assistants, registered occupational therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 26,680 people working as occupational therapist assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,830. Also, Occupational therapist aides make on average $28,890 per year and there are about 8,040 of them employed in the US today.
Newport News lies in Newport News county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary.
Of the 3 occupational therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Newport News, all of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,907/yr) for occupational therapy assistant students, with Tidewater Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,175/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Newport News|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||55.3 miles|