Sierra Vista, AZ (population: 44,234) has one physical therapy assistant school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pima Medical Institute has a total student population of 1,198. It is the 2683rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Sierra Vista 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.
Sierra Vista lies in Cochise county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area has 63,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.48/hr average worker wage, and a $38,440 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pima Medical Institute ends up costing a student $16,362/yr.