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Medical Dosimetry (MS)
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  • Admission Requirements

    Application Deadline:  December 1, 2014 for Fall 2015 start

    The Medical Dosimetry program's Master's Degree (Tracks A & B) is a 12 month clinical internship program. Clinical internships will take place from January through December. The didactic online courses begin in the fall semester prior to starting clinical internship training. This Master's degree program not only delivers the core medical dosimetry curriculum, it also offers advanced professional and research coursework that prepares graduates for future advancement in the profession.  Upon graduation, the student is considered a Route 1 exam applicant by the MDCB. This program adheres to all JRCERT accreditation standards.

    Program highlights include:

    • online courses with a high degree of interaction with instructors and peers
    • 46 credits
    • clinical internship sites located throughout the U.S. with new sites established annually 
    Track A candidates are Registered Radiation Therapists with a BS/BA degree
    Track B candidates are Non-Registered Radiation Therapists with a BS/BA degree
     

    Admission policies and the application/selection process have been developed with the intention to consider each applicant's strengths and select for admission those best qualified to meet the program's requirements and mission.

    Application requirements

    • Degree:
      Students must hold a Bachelor's degree prior to entering the program.  The degree should be a Bachelor's of Science in the physical sciences or approved by program officials.
    • Prerequisite coursework:
      Students must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to entering the program.  Further information regarding course requirements is provided at Prerequisite Coursework
    • Online application and fee:
      Submit a completed UW System application online.
    • Official Transcripts:
      Submit official transcripts for all college coursework attempted to Graduate Admissions.
    • Program application and fee:
      Submit a completed Track A & B program application.
    • Current ARRT certification:
      Submit proof of current ARRT certification (Track A only)
    • Letters of recommendation:
      Submit four letters of recommendation using the program's required recommendation form.  Letters must be received in a signed envelope with the reference's signature across the seal.
    • Observation in medical dosimetry:
      Complete a minimum of 40 hours of observation in medical dosimetry.  Submit documentation using the program's required observation form.  Track B candidates are encouraged to accumulate more than 40 hours.
    • English as a second language:

      Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of application to the program.

    • Technical standards:
      Technical standards for Medical Dosimetrists

    Please be aware that a felony charge may affect your ability to obtain clinical placements and/or sit for the board examination.

    We respect that a student may elect to not receive immunizations for personal or medical reasons.  Students who have a medical condition that precludes them from receiving immunizations may be asked to provide additional documentation from a medical provider.  Clinical affiliates must comply with their organization's policy regarding immunizations and as such may decline a student without required immunizations or medical documentation.  Students should be aware that this may impact options for clinical education experiences and progression through the medical dosimetry curriculum.

    Application Deadline:  November 15, 2014 for Spring 2015 start

    Track C is the Master of Science degree completion program for Certified Medical Dosimetrists (CMD's) who are currently employed and want to obtain a master's degree.  The online program enables CMD's to earn a master's degree in the profession with minimal disruption to their lives.  The percentage of medical dosimetrists obtaining higher education is increasing.  This flexible online program strongly emphasizes professional and academic growth.  Advanced program courses such as Operational Issues in Radiation Oncology, Protocols & Studies in Radiation Oncology, and Education and Research courses can enhance competitiveness for advanced level positions with increased pay in areas of management, senior medical dosimetry, education, applications, or research.

    The program requires 31 semester hours of credit at UW-La Crosse.  These credits are obtained through web-based online lectures and discussions, independent study, and clinical experience. The program consists of:

    • online curriculum, enhancing the ability to "juggle" busy schedules
    • a 31 credit hour program to be completed in 3 semesters
    • practicum experience designed to be completed at the current place of employment
    • cohort-based program that starts in spring (you will start and end with the same classmates)  
    Only CMD's (or board eligible) with a BS/BA degree can enroll in Track C.

    Admission policies and the application/selection process have been developed with the intention to consider each applicant's strengths and select for admission those best qualified to meet the program's requirements and mission.

    Application requirements

    • Degree:
      Students must hold a Bachelor's degree prior to entering the program.  
    • Prerequisite coursework:
      Students must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to entering the program.  Further information regarding course requirements is provided at Prerequisite Coursework
    • Online application and fee:
      Submit a completed UW System application online.
    • Official Transcripts:
      Submit official transcripts for all college coursework attempted to Graduate Admissions.
    • Program application and fee:
      Submit a completed Track C program application.
    • Current MDCB certification:
      Submit proof of current MDCB certification
    • Letters of recommendation:
      Submit four letters of recommendation using the program's required recommendation form.  Letters must be received in a signed envelope with the reference's signature across the seal.
    • Current employment:
      Documentation of current employment.  A signed letter from the facility's administrator/manager demonstrates proof.
    • English as a second language:
      Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of application to the program.
    Notice to Employers: The Track C student will be required to ask occasional questions of administrative and HR staff for certain courses. In addition, each month the student will be required to submit a clinical case study. The case study will require reporting clinical data from a case they are planning. This will not violate HIPAA rules as the clinical case data does not identify patients or the facility. Any site specific rules should be addressed with the student in advance.

     Admissions Policies

    • The number of students admitted to the program is dependent on the number of clinical internship sites and their student capacity. Admission to the program is on a competitive basis.
    • Applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status.
    • The rigor, intensity of this program, and the skills and responsibility necessary for practice as a medical dosimetrist require the program to seek applicants with a strong academic background, along with refined interpersonal skills and maturity.  Applicants seeking formal enrollment in the program (Tracks A and B) are encouraged to have a minimum GPA of 3.00.  Prior healthcare experience is also an indicator of a career commitment to clinical practice. The program's admission process will consider each applicant's strengths and select for admission those applicants best qualified to meet the program's mission.
    • The admission selection process includes the following:
      • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
      • Science GPA
      • Written application including references
      • Background predictive of potential for future practice in the service areas of the program's partner institutions
      • Knowledge of the profession and the profession's role in the healthcare system
      • Interpersonal Skills
      • Quality and Extent of Healthcare related experience.
    • Completing more observation time than required for admissions is highly recommended for non-Radiation Therapy professionals (Track B).

    Selection

    • The selection committee consists of the program director and a panel of professionals at the clinical internship sites.
    • Students must request the specific clinical internship sites at which they would like to interview.  Students arrange their own interviews with the respective sites and are responsible for expenses incurred for the interview process at the clinical internship sites.
    • After interviews are completed, decisions will be made by the selection committee on placement of students at each site.

    Reentry & Readmission

    Students who feel they must withdraw from the medical dosimetry program once accepted, are encouraged to speak to the program director prior to withdrawal. Students are not guaranteed placement should they wish to reenter. They must reapply to the program and be considered for placement by the Selection Committee.

    Transfer Credits

    Transfer credits from other programs are not accepted.  Due to the tight sequencing and integration of the curriculum we do not accept didactic or clinical credits from other institutions.  All students, regardless of their prior background and education, must complete the entire curriculum at UW-L.

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse seeks to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding our educational programs.  As a result of these regulations the program is not permitted to enroll students residing and/or interning in certain states.  A map highlighting the current status of each state is provided by the university at State Authorization

    Due to federal regulations pertaining to distance education and international students with an F-1 visa the program can no longer admit such students.  The regulation is 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) and reads as follows:

    (G) For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing. If the F-1 student's course of study is in a language study program, no on-line or distance education classes may be considered to count toward a student's full course of study requirement.
    U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
     

    Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of application to the program.

    If you have further questions please contact the UW-L Office of International Education (OIE) at uwlworld@uwlax.edu.