Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pacific University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 3,198. It is the 2431st highest ranked school in the USA and the 26th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Portland 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 360 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $25,780. Physical therapists in this area earn $71,790/yr and there are 1,440 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.445 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by physical therapists, and 0.366/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 2 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Portland, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pacific University comes out as the most expensive ($23,816/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Mt Hood Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,174/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|