Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has two respiratory therapy schools within its city limits. Concorde Career College, the highest ranked school in the city with a respiratory therapy program, has a total student population of 1,113. It is the 1335th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Respiratory Therapy students from Memphis 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.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary.
Of the 2 respiratory therapy schools in Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career College comes out as the most expensive ($20,264/yr) for respiratory therapy students, with Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences as the lowest, reported at only $10,813/yr.