With an overall population of 116,278 and a student population of 36,204, approximately 28,482 of Columbia students attend one of Columbia's schools that offer physical therapy programs.
Columbia's largest physical therapy school is University of South Carolina-Columbia. In 2010, University of South Carolina-Columbia graduated approximately 13 students from its physical therapy program.
In 2010, 13 students graduated with a physical therapy degree in Columbia. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $21,490 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 $36,066 per year in 2009.
You should also anticipate spending about $936 for physical therapy related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,872 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $14,162.
If you decide to work as a physical therapist in Columbia, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 4 physical therapists in South Carolina were working in the greater Columbia area. Columbia's physical therapist workforce is projected to increase by 28% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for physical therapists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a physical therapist in Columbia is $71,490 per year, which is lower than the average for physical therapists state-wide.