Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has six physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 190 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $21,020. Physical therapists in this area earn $75,690/yr and there are 700 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.956 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by physical therapists, and 0.255/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 6 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hampton University comes out as the most expensive ($18,524/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Tidewater Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,175/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|