With an overall population of 37,222 and a student population of 7,202, approximately 1,674 of Hickory students attend one of Hickory's schools that offer occupational therapy programs.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is the largest occupational therapy school in Hickory, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 33 students graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
A total of 33 students graduated with credentials in occupational therapy from occupational therapy schools in Hickory in 2010. If you decide to attend a occupational therapy school in Hickory, you can expect to pay an average yearly tuition of $24,200.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,160 for occupational therapy related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Hickory-based occupational therapy schools, you will have an added expense of $8,540 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $28,210.
If you plan on staying in Hickory after graduating from occupational therapy school, you should know that job prospects for occupational therapists in Hickory, which is the most popular occupational therapy profession, are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 33 occupational therapists in North Carolina were working in the greater Hickory area. The government projects that the number of occupational therapists in Hickory will increase by 19% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for occupational therapists.
As an occupational therapist in Hickory, you can expect to make an average salary of $64,310 per year. This is lower than the average salary for occupational therapists in the state.