Normal, IL (population: 53,432) has nine respiratory therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of St Francis, the highest ranked school in this group with a respiratory therapy program, has a total student population of 3,352. It is the 451st highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Respiratory Therapy students from Normal schools who go on to become respiratory therapists, respiratory care specialists, respiratory care practitioners, certified respiratory therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 107,270 people working as respiratory therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $54,200.
Normal lies in McLean county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Bloomington-Normal area has 85,960 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 8% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $44,280 average annual salary.
Of the 9 respiratory therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Normal, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-Dupage comes out as the most expensive ($21,954/yr) for respiratory therapy students, with Illinois Central College as the lowest, reported at only $4,505/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Normal|
|East Peoria||IL||-||2||21.1433||95||32.1 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||90.6 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||93.7 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||95.9 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||96.3 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||98.6 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||99.5 miles|