Cocoa, FL has six physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Central Florida, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 53,401. It is the 71st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Cocoa 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 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville area alone, there are 40 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $23,400. Physical therapists in this area earn $83,150/yr and there are 340 employed.
Cocoa lies in Brevard county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville area has 195,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,530 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Cocoa are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 6 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Cocoa, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Herzing College comes out as the most expensive ($28,998/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Indian River State College as the lowest, reported at only $2,138/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cocoa|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||39.2 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||43.5 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||56.2 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||58.7 miles|
|Port Saint Lucie||FL||163,859||0||-||0||80.2 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||86.6 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||92.4 miles|