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MEDICAL DOSIMETRY (DOS)

Course Descriptions


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. Slash course DOS 411/511. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree 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. Slash course DOS 412/512. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree 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. Slash course DOS 413/513. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree 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. Slash course DOS 414/514. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree 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. Slash course DOS 415/515. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree 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. Slash course DOS 416/516. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree 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 Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree 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. Slash course DOS 422/522. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 511.  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: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 511.  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. Slash course DOS 425/525. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 711.  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. Slash course DOS 431/531. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 515.  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. Slash course DOS 441/541. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 522.  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. Slash course DOS 442/542. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 721.  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. Web-based course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 531.  Offered Fall.


DOS  711  Cr.2

Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry I

This course serves as an introduction of fundamental principles of research methodology and how principles are applied for conducting research in health sciences. Students will be introduced to basic terms and focus on the overall structure of the research process. The course will help students prepare to select a research topic and develop questions related to it. Library and literature resources and procedures for using them will be described in detail. Students will learn how to formulate a research hypothesis. This course will help prepare students for their own scholarly project. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  731  Cr.2

Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry II

This course follows in sequence the Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry I course and expands on research terminology. This course discusses ethical concerns and legal responsibilities associated with conducting research. Sampling, measuring instruments and statistics will be discussed in detail. Types of research will be described in detail while expanding on principles from the Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry I course. Students will learn the process of writing and evaluating the final research report. Web-based course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 711.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  741  Cr.1

Protocols & Studies in Radiation Oncology

This course provides a broad overview of cancer clinical trials. Students will discuss improving the approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Advantages and disadvantages of clinical trials for patients, the general population, and health care providers are discussed. The role of the medical dosimetrist involved in clinical trials is described in depth. Web-based course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 431 or DOS 531.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  750  Cr.1

Professional e-Portfolio

This course prepares students for the development of a professional e-portfolio. Students will discover the basic concepts of designing and creating an e-portfolio, terminology, and components included in a professional e-portfolio. Students will gather artifacts and materials throughout the program to develop a comprehensive e-portfolio project. The course will focus on additional components such as electronic multimedia files, course assessment components, self-reflections, achievements, and other reflective learning enhancements for the comprehensive e-portfolio. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  751  Cr.2

Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry III

This course follows in sequence with the Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry II course and serves as the culminating research course. Students will utilize peer review and editing, and various elements of individualized instruction while preparing their final research report. Students will be prepared to have their final reports in a publishable format to enter the AAMD national student writing competition. Web-based course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 731.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  752  Cr.1

Operational Issues in Radiation Oncology

The course focuses on various radiation oncology operational issues. The strategic planning process of organizations will be presented. Human Resource concepts and regulations impacting the medical dosimetrist will be examined. Accreditation agencies and the medical dosimetrist's role in the process will be discussed. Medical insurance coding, billing, and reimbursement issues pertinent to the radiation oncology department will be presented. Development and management of a department budget will be discussed. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project development and evaluation and assessment techniques will be emphasized. Web-based course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 741.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  771  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. Prerequisite: DOS 511; acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program.  Offered Spring.


DOS  772  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: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 771.  Offered Summer.


DOS  773  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: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 772.  Offered Fall.


DOS  781  Cr.3

CMD Seminar I

This seminar course is the first in a series of three designed exclusively for students in the master's degree completion program (Track C) who are currently certified medical dosimetrists. The course provides the student with directed study and review of professional didactic course content. The course also provides the opportunity for practice examinations and group study support (online). Examinations will be given to test mastery of this didactic content. This course is taken synchronously with DOS 791: Fieldwork I. Students will have the opportunity to apply this didactic content in their fieldwork placements. Content covered in this course includes: Advanced Imaging, Simulation for Medical Dosimetrists, Anatomy for Medical Dosimetrists, Physics Fundamentals, and Computers & Networking in Radiation Oncology. Web-based course. Prerequisite: Acceptance in to Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program; must be taken concurrently with DOS 791.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  782  Cr.3

CMD Seminar II

This seminar course is the second in a series of three designed exclusively for students in the master's degree completion program (Track C) who are currently certified medical dosimetrists. The course provides the student with directed study and review of professional didactic course content. The course also provides the opportunity for practice examinations and group study support (online). Examinations will be given to test mastery of this didactic content. This course is taken synchronously with DOS 792: Fieldwork II. Students will have the opportunity to apply this didactic course in their fieldwork placements. Content covered in this course includes: Professional courses reviewed include Radiation Safety, Professional Issues, Dose Calculations, Teletherapy Treatment Planning, and Conformal Treatment Planning. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program; DOS 781, DOS 791; must be taken concurrently with DOS 792.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  783  Cr.3

CMD Seminar III

This seminar course is the third in a series of three designed exclusively for students in the master's degree completion program (Track C) who are currently certified medical dosimetrists. The course provides the student with directed study and review of professional didactic course content. The course also provides the opportunity for practice examinations and group study support (online). Examinations will be given to test mastery of this didactic content. This course is taken synchronously with DOS 793: Fieldwork III. Students will have the opportunity to apply this didactic content in their fieldwork placements. Content covered in this course includes: Brachytherapy, Clinical Oncology, Radiobiology, and Quality Assurance. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program; DOS 782, DOS 792; must be taken concurrently with DOS 793.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  791  Cr.4

Fieldwork I

This level one fieldwork experience is an opportunity to demonstrate the practice of medical dosimetry in the clinical environment at a basic level. The course provides an opportunity to integrate the didactic curriculum learned for the successful completion of the MDCB exam. The focus of case studies will include imaging, patient treatment setups, anatomical contour segmentation, and computers and networking physics, and radiation safety. Supervision is provided by medical physicist and radiation oncologists. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  792  Cr.4

Fieldwork II

This level two fieldwork experience is an opportunity to demonstrate the practice of medical dosimetry in the clinical environment at an intermediate level. The course provides an opportunity to integrate the didactic curriculum learned for the successful completion of the MDCB exam. The focus of case studies will include professional issues, radiation dose calculations, treatment planning, Brachytherapy, and clinical oncology. Supervision is provided by medical physicist and radiation oncologists. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 791.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


DOS  793  Cr.4

Fieldwork III

This level three fieldwork experience is an opportunity to demonstrate the practice of medical dosimetry in the clinical environment at an advanced level. The course provides an opportunity to integrate the didactic curriculum learned for the successful completion of the MDCB exam. The focus of case studies will include radiobiological principles, dosimetric and departmental quality assurance processes, advanced treatment planning techniques, and seminar work. Supervision is provided by medical physicist and radiation oncologists. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 792.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.