Little Rock, AR (population: 192,247) has two physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arkansas Tech University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 8,814. It is the 2155th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Little Rock schools who go on to become physical therapy assistants, exercise physiologists, 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, Physical therapist aides make on average $24,990 per year and there are about 44,160 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area alone, there are 150 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $19,820. Physical therapists in this area earn $74,960/yr and there are 600 employed.
Little Rock lies in Pulaski county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Little Rock are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 2 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Little Rock, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Central Arkansas comes out as the most expensive ($10,733/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Arkansas Tech University as the lowest, reported at only $7,149/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Little Rock|
|North Little Rock||AR||59,309||4||19.2203||72||7.0 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||42.8 miles|