Wheeling has a total population of 31,419 and a student population of 4,720. Of these students, 1,367 are enrolled in schools that offer physical therapy programs.
The largest physical therapy school in Wheeling, by student population, is Wheeling Jesuit University. In 2010, Wheeling Jesuit University graduated approximately 30 students from its physical therapy program.
In 2010, 30 students graduated with a physical therapy degree from one of Wheeling's physical therapy schools. In 2009 tuition at physical therapy schools in Wheeling was $24,430 per year, on average.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $800 for physical therapy related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Wheeling-based physical therapy schools, you will have an added expense of $8,944 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $27,030.
After graduating with your credentials in physical therapy, if you decide to work as a physical therapist in Wheeling, your job prospects are good. In 2010, there were 950 physical therapists in West Virginia. Of these physical therapists, 90 were working in the greater Wheeling area. The number of physical therapists in Wheeling is expected to increase by 18% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for physical therapists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a physical therapist in Wheeling is $66,960 per year, which is lower than the average for physical therapists state-wide.