Telehealth Courses: Student Costs and Satisfaction
Ahrens, Stephanie A.
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Identifying cost effectiveness will help evaluate which populations need access and financial support to attend Graduate nursing school. Education via telehealth modalities can provide educational access to students who are unable to commute to universities or move to larger cities. Yet, there are no studies that evaluate the students' indirect costs associated with televideo courses. The existing studies focus solely on the operational costs associated with setting up potential course sites. The purpose of this study was to examine student's indirect costs and satisfaction related to attending graduate school via telehealth connections. The items developed for this survey were modified from the Flashlight Project and administered to 30 students enrolled in a psychiatric differential diagnosis course. Analysis of the data indicated that the availability of convenient course locations minimized the students' costs while attending school. The high satisfaction rating of the course offered via televideo supports the benefits of telehealth education in rural settings. The data in this study encourages developing rural televideo sites, which decreases indirect costs and aids in retaining students.