Blacksburg, VA (population: 42,683) has seven physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Elon University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 5,666. It is the 122nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Blacksburg 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.
Blacksburg lies in Montgomery county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area has 63,480 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.66/hr average worker wage, and a $38,820 average annual salary.
Of the 7 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Blacksburg, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Elon University comes out as the most expensive ($26,867/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Blacksburg|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.8 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.7 miles|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||96.4 miles|