Poplar, MT has thirteen respiratory therapy schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. The University of Montana, the highest ranked school in this group with a respiratory therapy program, has a total student population of 14,921. It is the 331st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Montana (#1 is Carroll College).
Respiratory Therapy students from Poplar 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.
Poplar lies in Roosevelt county, which is one of the 36 counties in Montana. Overall, the Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area has 31,440 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $15.86/hr average worker wage, and a $33,000 average annual salary.
Of the 13 respiratory therapy schools with a 500-mile radius of Poplar, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, College America-Cheyenne comes out as the most expensive ($38,740/yr) for respiratory therapy students, with National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension as the lowest, reported at only $2,785/yr.
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