Agenda Item No. V. A. 1.

Washburn University Board of Regents



SUBJECT: BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE DEGREE



Description:

The School of Applied Studies proposes to offer a Bachelor of Health Science Degree with majors in Medical Imaging and Health Services Administration.



Rationale:

The Allied Health Department currently offers associate degree programs in Health Information Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy. The department also offers certificates for advanced study in Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Many graduates of these programs desire to pursue a baccalaureate degree option.



There is a job market shortage in the ever-changing health care system for baccalaureate graduates. Hospitals, clinics, and health agencies want allied health specialists with advanced knowledge in their fields or individuals with supervisory skills to serve as department managers.



In order to meet the interests of our graduates and job market demands, two different majors are proposed.



First, the major in Medical Imaging is proposed for graduates of radiation therapy and diagnostic medical sonography. These are upper division level majors whose general entrance requirements typically involve the completion of an allied health associate degree. This option could also be of interest to nuclear medicine technology graduates. For these students who have already completed 90 or more hours of course work, the Medical Imaging major provides a viable and attractive option.



The second option, a major in Health Services Administration, is for those students who complete any of Washburn's associate degree programs in allied health. These include Health Information Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy. In addition, this second option would attract students in associate degree allied health programs from community colleges and other four-year institutions.



The proposal was approved by the School of Applied Studies Curriculum Committee and recommended by the University Curriculum Committee.



The University Council approved the proposal on December 11, 2001.



The General Faculty approved the proposal on February 7, 2002.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

This program uses existing staff and is composed primarily of existing courses. Additional financing is unnecessary.



RECOMMENDATION:

President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the Bachelor of Health Science degree.





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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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