Radiation Therapy

Contact Allied Health
Allied Health, Benton Hall, Room 107, 1700 SW Topeka Ave, Topeka, KS 66621, Phone: 785-670-2170 or 785-670-2176

For questions regarding Radiation Therapy, contact the Program Director Becky Dodge or send questions to the Allied Health Department.

becky.dodge@washburn.eduallied-health@washburn.edu

Radiation Therapy

The Radiation Therapy program is an online program which is administered through the School of Applied Studies, Department of Allied Health.  The program curriculum at Washburn is an accredited, 13 month certificate of completion program.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are registry eligible with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Classes begin in late June or early July and finish the following July.  The program consists of 40 credit hours of required related courses and clinical education.

Students will complete didactic courses online and participate in clinical education at a Washburn affiliated radiation therapy center.  In the fall and spring semesters didactic courses include weekly synchronous (live), virtual meetings each Monday.  Attendance is required.  Monday virtual meeting range is from 9:00am - 4:30pm CST.  Clinical consists of unpaid experience.  In the fall and spring semesters clinical hours are Tuesday-Thursday (8am-4pm) and Friday (8am-12pm).  The winter intersession consists of approximately three weeks in December and January in which student's complete clinical hours Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.  In the summer semester, clinical is scheduled Monday-Thursday (8am-4pm) and Friday (8am-12pm).  NOTE:  Some didactic courses inlude a clinical experience as part of a project, report or presentation.  To fulfill these experiences students may have to alter their cliniical hours slightly.

An applicant must be a graduate of an accredited Radiologic Technology program, possess a minimum of an Associate Degree from an institution that is accredited by an acceptable accrediting body according to the ARRT, and hold the professional. designation of RT(R).  Specific coursework evaluated in the application review process includes:  human anatomy and physiology, mathematics (math course description should include content such as real number systems, algebra of sets, exponents, equations and inequalities, polynomial functions, graphing, radical expressions, operations, inverses of function, equations of lines and systems of linear equations, logarithmic and trigonometric functions), written communication (composition), verbal communication (communication or public speaking course), and radiation physics from radiology program (titles of physics course in radiology programs vary).

Students who have not yet met these requirements, but are in the process of doing so may also be considered for admittance; however, acceptance will be contingent on meeting all admission requirements prior to the program's start date.

Acceptance is conditional on the following:

  • Confirmation of acceptable clinical placement.
    • Clinical site must meet program affiliation requirements,
    • Clinical site must complete Affiliation Agreement with the University,
    • Some clinical sites have special requirements for students such as a student placement fee, attendance at organization's orientation training or special background checks.  Any additional expenses are the responsibility of the student.  Students are notified of special requirements prior to the start of the program.
  • Completion of an accredited radiologic technology program.
  • Verification of an associate degree or higher from an educational institution accredited by a body acceptable to the ARRT.
  • Professional designation by the ARRT as a Registered Radiologic Technologist (RTR).
  • Successful completion of a 10-panel drug screen.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.
    • A criminal background check will be required of all accepted Radiation Therapy students prior to beginning the fall semester.  Successful completion of the Radiation Therapy program requires participation in clinical practicum courses.  Students can only be placed in clinical practicum courses after a background check (at their expense) has been completed which discloses they do not present a criminal history of:
      • convictions of laws regulating controlled substances*;
      • convictions, at the felony level of crimes, as defined under Kansas Criminal Code (K.S.A. 21-3101 et seq.) and amendments thereto, which are crimes against persons, crimes against property, or sex offenses;
      • conviction of an offense requiring registry as a sex offender under the Kansas Offender Registry Act or any federal, military or other state law requiring registry;
      • conviction, at the felony level of crimes, involving moral turpitude which include but are not limited to:  perjury, bribery, embezzlement, theft, and misuse of public funds.

Exception:  Persons who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or illegal drug offense may be permitted to participate in the clinical practicum if they have demonstrated, in the opinion of the program director, sufficient rehabilitation.

  • 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.
Why Major in Radiation Therapy at Washburn University?
  • Dedicated to excellence in teaching, Washburn University today is recognized as an outstanding public, urban learning environment.
  • Washburn University began in 1865 as Lincoln College, a school established by the Congregational Church. Lincoln College became Washburn College in 1868 in recognition of the financial  support of New England philanthropist, Deacon Ichabod Washburn. In 1941, the citizens of Topeka voted to make Washburn a municipal university.
  • Our educational objectives are to prepare individuals for careers and further study in a variety of disciplines for a lifetime of continuous learning.
  • Washburn has a reputation as a "teaching" university rather than a "research" institution. More than 90% of our faculty holds doctoral degrees or the highest degree available in their discipline.
  • Washburn has an enrollment of approximately 7,300 students.

The Radiation Therapy Program accreditation falls under the university’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This is an acceptable accrediting mechanism according to the ARRT.

Students should be aware that 3 states do not accept the program’s accreditation. The states of Kentucky and Massachusetts, program graduates cannot obtain a state professional license and therefore could not be employed in Kentucky or Massachusetts. Additionally, the state of Maryland requires that a graduate of a program accredited by a mechanism other than the JCERT, work for a period of 3 years in another state before applying for a professional license in Maryland.

State Authorization: The admission of students into a Washburn University degree or certificate program offered online or at sites outside of Kansas is contingent upon the University's compliance with any applicable regulations or laws enacted by those states in which the students reside. The University is reviewing the regulations imposed by other states in which our current students reside to determine their applicability and the feasibility of complying with such regulations in the future.

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Student Comments

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