Radiation Therapy

Accreditation & State Authorization

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program accreditation falls under the university’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC); a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This regional accreditation is an acceptable accrediting mechanism per the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  The program is not accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Students should be aware that 1 state does not accept the program’s regional accreditation. The state of Kentucky prevents a graduate of non-JRCERT accredited program from  obtaining a professional license, therefore a graduate of non-JRCERT accredited program is unable to be employed as radiation therapist in Kentucky. The state of Maryland requires that a graduate of a non-JRCERT accredited program work for a period of 3 years in another state before applying for a professional license in Maryland.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

Washburn University is a participant in the SARA initiative, which is a state-level reciprocity process aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions and to make it easier for students to enroll in distance education programs outside of the states in which they reside.  Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states.  States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that are overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional higher education compacts.  For a map showing SARA membership by state, please visit http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions.

  • The states of California and Massachusetts do not participate in SARA, therefore the university is unable to offer online education to individuals living in these states.
    • However, graduates of the Washburn University Radiation Therapy program, while residing and completing clinical education in SARA participating states, are eligible for licensure in California and Massachusetts.
  • The state of New York requires all educational programs outside of New York to be approved by the New York State Department of Education. Further, all clinical educations sites in the state must be approved by the New York State Department of Education. Due to these extensive governmental requirements, the Radiation Therapy program at Washburn University will not enroll any individual who intends to live in New York and complete clinical education in New York.
    • However, graduates of the Washburn University Radiation Therapy program, while residing and completing clinical education outside of New York, are eligible for licensure in New York.