Agenda Item No.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Expansion of the Distance Learning Radiation Therapy Program


Through the School of Applied Studies and the Department of Allied Health, the Radiation Therapy (XT) program has developed a national reputation for program quality and pioneering distance learning in the field. Radiation Therapy has been offered as a distance learning program for the past 14 years. The program has had students in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, and other states. It is the only distance learning program in Radiation Therapy in the United States. Expansion of the program would allow the program to accept up to 50 students per year. Currently enrollment is capped at 25.

Key Findings:

*Demand for the program is increasing

*The program has just completed conversion of all courses to a web-based format

*There continues to be a shortage of Radiation Therapy graduates

*Radiation therapy centers continue to increase across the country

*A historical review of program graduates indicates distance learning students perform as well on the registry examination as traditional students.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: See attached budget sheets

In order to expand the program, an additional faculty member and operating budget must be added this spring. Funds are available from salary saving and other reallocation to cover the cost for the balance of this fiscal year. The new annualized cost and projected annual income will be incorporated into the FY '02 budget.


President Farley recommends implementation of the Radiation Therapy Expansion Program.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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