With an overall population of 89,847 and a student population of 6,086, approximately 878 of Billings students attend one of Billings's schools that offer physician assistant programs.
Rocky Mountain College is the largest physician assistant school in Billings, based on student population. In 2010, Rocky Mountain College graduated approximately 26 students from its physician assisting program.
In 2010, 26 students graduated with a physician assisting degree in Billings. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $20,016 per year in tuition costs.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,200 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a physician assistant program in Billings. And if you live on campus at one of the Billings-based physician assistant schools, you will have an added expense of $6,480 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
If you plan on staying in Billings after graduating from physician assistant school, you should know that job prospects for physician assistants in Billings, which is the most popular physician assisting profession, are good. There were 630 physician assistants working in Montana and 100 working in the greater Billings area in 2010. The number of physician assistants in Billings is expected to increase by 24% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for physician assistants.
As a physician assistant in Billings, you can expect to make an average salary of $81,560 per year. This is lower than the average salary for physician assistants in the state.