O&P Program Cost Comparison

Follow the link above to see a spreadsheet that compares the published costs of the different O&P Programs.

The cost of living is only an estimate and can vary drastically based on lifestyle decisions. The estimates were taken from the Economic Policy Institute family budget calculator with one adult entered as the family size. Knowing that students tend to be more frugal, I also scaled the total monthly cost down by 30% to arrive at the estimate you will find on the spreadsheet.

Opportunity Cost Spreadsheet

Different programs take different amounts of time, so that means a fair comparison should take that into account. If one program gets you out faster that means you can start working sooner and so the relative cost is lower.

This spreadsheet uses a few schools as examples of how to account for the differences in program length as well as what your income potential is upon graduation. Notably, when you graduate from the Baylor program you have already completed the residency requirements and have the income potential of a board eligible clinician. You skip the two years or 18 months of residency salary. This comes at a cost since you are in school slightly longer.

This spreadsheet allows you to plug in the salaries that you think are reasonable for the different level of practitioner and shows you the comparative results. To make those changes you will have to go to “File…Make a Copy” and then make your edits there.

It is important to note that this spreadsheet does not take into account the costs of living differences between program locations. You may want to take that into account when you do your own calculations.

Curriculum Comparison Spreadsheet

This spreadsheet gives an overview of the curriculum of each program currently accredited by NCOPE. It includes the number of semesters, format (online vs. on campus), published courses, and number of credits required to graduate.

Most programs offer a similar curriculum and require between 60-70 total credits to earn the degree. A few programs require significantly more and a few significantly fewer.

In a later post I will explore the outliers and talk about what they are doing differently.