South Dakota contains two schools that offer physical therapy programs. University of South Dakota, the highest-ranking physical therapy school in SD, has a total student population of 9,617 and is the 286th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 physical therapy schools in South Dakota, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of South Dakota comes out as the most expensive ($12,826/yr), with Lake Area Technical Institute as the lowest recorded at only $9,078/yr.
Physical Therapy students from South Dakota schools who go on to become physical therapists, PTs, exercise physiologists, physical therapy assistants, 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 South Dakota alone, there are 130 employed physical therapist aides earning an average yearly salary of $23,560. Physical therapists in this state earn $66,490/yr and there are 570 employed.
Also, within the physical therapy schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from physical therapy, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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