Palmdale, CA (population: 150,264) has seventeen physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Southern California, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 34,824. It is the 10th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Palmdale 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.
Of the 17 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Palmdale, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pacific College comes out as the most expensive ($37,154/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Cerritos College as the lowest, reported at only $3,650/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Palmdale|
|Canyon Country||CA||-||1||21.1219||9||25.3 miles|
|Santa Clarita||CA||171,722||2||23.9284||128||27.6 miles|
|Panorama City||CA||-||2||25.093||11||32.8 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||39.1 miles|
|La Verne||CA||-||1||61.7321||71||39.7 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||40.1 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||40.4 miles|
|Woodland Hills||CA||-||1||17.7823||121||42.4 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||42.7 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||44.3 miles|
|Simi Valley||CA||121,990||0||-||0||44.8 miles|
|Rancho Cucamonga||CA||176,424||3||21.593||139||45.1 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||45.1 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||47.4 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||48.3 miles|