Meridian has a total population of 39,968 and a student population of 3,997. Of these students, 3,949 are enrolled in schools that offer physical therapy assistant programs.
Of the 1 physical therapy assistant schools in Meridian, the largest physical therapy assisting school, by student population, is Meridian Community College. In 2010, Meridian Community College graduated approximately 9 students with credentials in physical therapy assisting.
In 2010, 9 students graduated with a physical therapy assisting degree in Meridian. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $9,705 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Meridian physical therapy assisting schools was an average of $11,085 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,500 for physical therapy assisting related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $3,850 per year, on average, for room and board at Meridian-based physical therapy assistant schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $7,280.
If you decide to work as a physical therapy assistant in Meridian, your job prospects are good. In 2010, there were 610 physical therapy assistants in Mississippi. Of these physical therapy assistants, 90 were working in the greater Meridian area. The number of physical therapy assistants in Meridian is expected to increase by 32% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for physical therapy assistants.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a physical therapy assistant in Meridian is $45,600 per year, which is higher than the average for physical therapy assistants state-wide.