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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MEDICAL DOSIMETRY (DOS)

College of Science and Health
Department of Health Professions
Program Director: Nishele Lenards
608.785.5071
e-mail: nlenards@uwlax.edu




www.uwlax.edu/md


Associate Professors: Lenards, Assistant Professors: Hilsendager


This certificate program is designed for the certified Radiation Therapist, or an on-the-job training dosimetrist to continue his/her education in the specialized field of Medical Dosimetry. 'The Medical Dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment, is cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy and has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist' (from the A.A.M.D.). Prerequisites for acceptance into the program include certification as a Radiation Therapist and/or participation in an on-the-job dosimetry training program coursework. This program utilizes web-based instruction for the didactic course work. The clinical practicum courses are taken at affiliated radiation oncology departments and are approximately 30 hours per week. The program includes four semesters and always starts in the fall semester.


Medical Dosimetry (not accepting new students)

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.

1. The number of students admitted to the program is dependent on the number of clinical internship sites and their student capacity.
2. Admission to the program is on a competitive basis.
3. Applicant must be a registered radiation therapist; and/or working 'on-the-job training' in medical dosimetry.
4. Applicant must have completed a 40-hour week of observation in medical dosimetry at a radiation oncology center.
5. Applicants are required to have a minimal overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
6. Applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status.
7. 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.


The required courses include:

Year 1
Fall I
DOS 411   Advanced Radiologic Imaging for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 412   Simulation for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 413   Anatomy for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 414   Physics Fundamentals for Medical Dosimetrists (3 credits)
DOS 415   Computers & Networking in Radiation Oncology (1 credit)
DOS 416   Fundamentals of Radiation Safety (1 credit)

Spring I
DOS 422   Radiation Dose Calculations (2 credits)
DOS 423   Treatment Planning in Medical Dosimetry (3 credits)
DOS 425   Brachytherapy for Medical Dosimetrists (2 credits)
DOS 471   Clinical Practicum I (Track 1 Only) (5 credits)

Summer I
DOS 418   Professionalism and Mentoring in Medical Dosimetry (1 credit)
DOS 431   Clinical Oncology for Medical Dosimetrists (3 credits)
DOS 472   Clinical Practicum II (Track 1 Only) (5 credits)

Year 2
Fall II
DOS 441   Radiobiology for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 442   Dosimetric Quality Assurance (1 credit)
DOS 443   Seminar in Medical Dosimetry (1 credit)
DOS 473   Clinical Practicum III (Track 1 Only) (5 credits)



MEDICAL DOSIMETRY (DOS)


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course


DOS 411/511  Cr.1

Adv Radiologic Imaging for Medical Dosimetrists

This course reviews production of medical images with radiographic equipment as well as ultrasound, MRI and radionuclide scans. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 412/512  Cr.1

Simulation for Medical Dosimetrists

Techniques of simulation of treatment set-ups are reviewed and advanced methods of virtual simulation are explored. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 413/513  Cr.1

Anatomy for Medical Dosimetrists

Anatomical structure and function which affects treatment planning processes is addressed along with identification of anatomic structures on radiographs, CT and MRI images. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 414/514  Cr.3

Physics Fundamentals for Medical Dosimetrists

Fundamental principles of physics important to the production and use of radiation for treatment purposes are reviewed and expanded. Dose measurement utilizing a variety of methods is discussed along with the appropriate instrumentation. Calibration methods for linear accelerators are also discussed. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 415/515  Cr.1

Computers & Networking in Radiation Oncology

This course introduces students to basic computer terminology, features of hardware, peripherals, and clinical applications in radiation oncology. Types of networking and the components involved are discussed. Specific network protocols used in healthcare, imaging, and radiation oncology will be described. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 416/516  Cr.1

Fundamentals of Radiation Safety

Radiation safety measures are reviewed and updated according to federal and state mandates. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 418/518  Cr.1

Professionalism and Mentoring in Medical Dosimetry

This course introduces the student to professional practices of medical dosimetry including standards, scope of practice, ethics and legal perspectives. Students will also discuss the importance of education and mentoring in medical dosimetry. Different aspects of education in the profession will be examined to prepare the student for various roles as a medical dosimetry mentor. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS 422/522  Cr.2

Radiation Dose Calculations

This course introduces factors that affect dose delivered in radiation treatments and how these factors are accounted for in dose calculations. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 411; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program.  Offered Spring.


DOS 423/523  Cr.3

Treatment Planning in Medical Dosimetry

Methods of treatment planning techniques for various diseases using single and multiple field arrangements using photons and electrons are discussed. Advanced treatment planning techniques of conformal radiation therapy including 3D treatment planning, IMRT, IGRT, Gating, Protons, and Stereotactic are also discussed. Prerequisite: DOS 411; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program.  Offered Spring.


DOS 425/525  Cr.2

Brachytherapy for Medical Dosimetrists

The use of Brachytherapy in radiation therapy is addressed. Characteristics of sources utilized for treatment as well as determination of source activity and dose delivered are included. Methods and instruments utilized to apply Brachytherapy treatment planning techniques to clinical treatment situations are discussed. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 411; acceptance into Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Spring.


DOS 431/531  Cr.3

Clinical Oncology for Medical Dosimetrists

This course covers cancer in general as well as specific disease sites, their treatment and management of patient care during treatment. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 471; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Summer.


DOS 441/541  Cr.1

Radiobiology for Medical Dosimetrists

This course reviews the effect of radiation on the human body in the context of radiation treatments. It particularly focuses on factors affecting the therapeutic ratio. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 472; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 442/542  Cr.1

Dosimetric Quality Assurance

The methods and importance of periodic quality assurance procedures of treatment planning equipment and processes are covered in this course. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 472; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS 443/543  Cr.1

Seminar in Medical Dosimetry

This course offers students an opportunity to practice answering questions and solving problems as they review course material to prepare for the national medical dosimetry certification board exam. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 431; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Fall.


DOS  471  Cr.5

Dosimetry Clinical Practicum I

Students gain clinical experience in Simulation patient set-ups and imaging studies, physics and radiation safety in the clinical environment, anatomical contour segmentation, and computers and networking within the radiation oncology field. Students will begin basic calculations and treatment planning while being introduced to brachytherapy procedures. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 411; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Spring.


DOS  472  Cr.5

Dosimetry Clinical Practicum II

Students continue to gain clinical experience at an affiliated clinical internship site by concentrating on more advanced treatment planning and Brachytherapy procedures while continuing to learn the various concepts of clinical oncology specific to patient treatments. Prerequisite: DOS 471.  Offered Summer.


DOS  473  Cr.5

Dosimetry Clinical Practicum III

Students continue to improve their treatment planning and dosimetric skills, concentrating on advanced planning methods and quality assurance techniques. Prerequisite: DOS 473; acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  Offered Fall.