With an overall population of 416,474 and a student population of 92,079, approximately 12,930 of Atlanta students attend one of Atlanta's schools that offer physician assistant programs.
The largest physician assistant school in Atlanta, by student population, is Emory University. In 2010, approximately 51 students graduated from the Physician Assisting program at Emory University.
In 2010, 51 students graduated with a physician assisting degree from one of Atlanta's physician assistant schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $38,036 per year in tuition costs.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,100 for physician assisting related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $10,896 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
If you plan on staying in Atlanta after graduating from physician assistant school, you should know that job prospects for physician assistants in Atlanta, which is the most popular physician assisting profession, are good. In 2010, of the 2,800 physician assistants in Georgia, 1,270 were working in the greater Atlanta area. Atlanta's physician assistant workforce is projected to increase by 42% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for physician assistants.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a physician assistant in Atlanta is $82,420 per year, which is lower than the average for physician assistants state-wide.
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