Bozeman, MT (population: 42,301) has twenty-two respiratory therapy schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Washington State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a respiratory therapy program, has a total student population of 26,101. It is the 131st highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Respiratory Therapy students from Bozeman 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.
Bozeman lies in Gallatin county, which is one of the 36 counties in Montana. Overall, the Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area has 117,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $17.37/hr average worker wage, and a $36,120 average annual salary.
Of the 22 respiratory therapy schools with a 500-mile radius of Bozeman, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Stevens Henager College-Logan comes out as the most expensive ($46,580/yr) for respiratory therapy students, with National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension as the lowest, reported at only $2,785/yr.