Columbia has a total population of 84,531 and a student population of 48,122. Of these students, 31,237 are enrolled in schools that offer physical therapy programs.
Columbia's largest physical therapy school is University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2010, approximately 56 students graduated from the Physical Therapy program at University of Missouri-Columbia.
In 2010, 56 students graduated with a physical therapy degree in Columbia. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $20,741 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Columbia physical therapy schools was an average of $31,832 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,040 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a physical therapy program in Columbia. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,150 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 Columbia after graduating from physical therapy school, you should know that job prospects for physical therapists in Columbia, which is the most popular physical therapy profession, are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 9 physical therapists in Missouri were working in the greater Columbia area. The number of physical therapists in Columbia is expected to increase by 19% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for physical therapists.
As a physical therapist in Columbia, you can expect to make an average salary of $66,190 per year. This is lower than the average salary for physical therapists in the state.