Las Vegas, NV (population: 570,083) has two physician assistant schools within its city limits. Kaplan College-Las Vegas Campus, the highest ranked school in the city with a physician assistant program, has a total student population of 577. It is the 3455th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Nevada (#1 is Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences).
Physician Assistant students from Las Vegas schools who go on to become physician assistants. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 76,900 people working as physician assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $84,830. Also, Medical assistants make on average $29,450 per year and there are about 495,970 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Las Vegas-Paradise area alone, there are 3,380 employed medical assistants earning an average salary of $32,580. Physician assistants in this area earn $113,460/yr and there are 320 employed.
Las Vegas lies in Clark county, which is one of the 8 counties in Nevada. Overall, the Las Vegas-Paradise area has 858,540 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $19.26/hr average worker wage, and a $40,070 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.368 out of every 1000 jobs in Las Vegas are held by physician assistants, and 3.937/1000 are held by medical assistants.
Of the 2 physician assistant schools in Las Vegas, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwest Health Careers comes out as the most expensive ($11,448/yr) for physician assistant students, with Kaplan College-Las Vegas Campus as the lowest, reported at only $11,205/yr.