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MEDICAL DOSIMETRY


35-56 Credits
This graduate degree program is designed for the certified Radiation Therapist, someone with a BS degree in science or another related field with required prerequisites, or a certified medical dosimetrist continuing 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.).

This program utilizes web-based instruction for the didactic coursework. The clinical practicum courses and field work are taken at affiliated radiation oncology departments and are approximately 30-40 hours per week.

Prerequisite coursework:
• (6-8 credits) Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs; or equivalent
• (6-8 credits) Physics-2 courses sequence; or equivalent
• (3-4 credits) Pre-Calculus; or College Algebra + Trigonometry; or equivalent
• (3-4 credits) Biology; or equivalent
• (1-3 credits) Medical Terminology; or equivalent
• (2-3 credits) Computer Science; or equivalent


Admission Policies

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.
* Applicant must have an earned baccalaureate degree: [A degree in radiation therapy, physics, radiologic sciences, math, computers, or other areas approved by the program].
* Cumulative GPA of 3.0; Overall GPA of 3.0 on prerequisite coursework
* Minimum of 40 hours of documented medical dosimetry observation
* Prior documented experience working with patients in a healthcare environment
* Completed program and Graduate school application with three letters of reference
* Interviews with program director and adjunct faculty at clinical internship sites
* Completion of computer eligibility requirements (see www.uwlax.edu/md for more information)
* 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.


Preparatory Coursework [for non-Radiation Therapy Technician applicants only]
DOS 500     Patient Care in Medical Dosimetry Pre-Professional Summer (2 credits)
DOS 501     Orientation to Radiation Oncology Pre-Professional Summer (2 credits)
DOS 502     Diversity & Culture in Healthcare Pre-Professional Summer (2 credits)
DOS 503     Introduction to Clinical Practicum Pre-Professional Summer (1 credit)

Medical Dosimetry Professional Curriculum
Year 1 - Fall I 
DOS 511     Advanced Radiologic Imaging for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 512     Simulation for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 513     Anatomy for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 514     Physics Fundamentals for Medical Dosimetrists (3 credits)
DOS 515     Computers & Networking in Radiation Oncology (1 credit)
DOS 516     Fundamentals of Radiation Safety (1 credit)
DOS 710     Introductions to Professional e-Portfolio* (1 credit)
DOS 711     Scholarship I* (1 credit)

Year 1 - Spring I
DOS 521     Professional Issues for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 522     Radiation Dose Calculations (2 credits)
DOS 523     Teletherapy Treatment Planning (1 credit)
DOS 524     Conformal Treatment Planning (2 credits)
DOS 525     Brachytherapy for Medical Dosimetrists (2 credits)
DOS 721     Education in Medical Dosimetry* (1 credit)
DOS 771     Clinical Practicum I (5 credits)

Year 1 - Summer I
DOS 531     Clinical Oncology for Medical Dosimetrists (3 credits)
DOS 731     Scholarship II* (2 credits)
DOS 772     Clinical Practicum II (5 credits)

Year 2 - Fall II
DOS 541     Radiobiology for Medical Dosimetrists (1 credit)
DOS 542     Dosimetric Quality Assurance (1 credit)
DOS 741     Protocols & Studies in Radiation Oncology* (1 credit)
DOS 543     Seminar in Medical Dosimetry (2 credits)
DOS 773     Clinical Practicum III (5 credits)

Year 2 - Spring II
DOS 750     Professional e-Portfolio* (2 credits)
DOS 752     Operational Issues in Radiation Oncology* (1 credit)
DOS 751     Scholarship III* (2 credits)

* Course is offered every semester for degree completion program; students enrolled in the MS Degree program must take all courses in sequence per semester as a cohort.

Degree Completion Program Coursework Only
(Fieldwork and Seminar must be taken synchronously and in sequence)

DOS 791     Fieldwork I Any semester (4 credits)
DOS 792     Fieldwork II Any semester (4 credits)
DOS 793     Fieldwork III Any semester (4 credits)
DOS 781     Seminar for CMD I Any semester (3 credits)
DOS 782     Seminar for CMD II Any semester (3 credits)
DOS 783     Seminar for CMD III Any semester (3 credits)


Masters Degree Program: Routes of entry into program

Route of Entry          Student Profile                        Length            Number of Credits 
   Track  A           Radiation Therapists              20 months                   49

   Track  B          BS degree non-Radiation          24 months          56 (49 Core + 7 Prep)
                                        Therapists

Masters Degree Completion Program
Route of Entry         Student Profile                          Length             Number of Credits 
     Track C              Certified Medical                    12 months                    32
                                     Dosimetrists


Track A: Radiation Therapists

Fall I Semester     
DOS 511     Advance Imaging (1 credit)
DOS 512     Simulation (1 credit)    
DOS 513     Anatomy (1 credit)    
DOS 514     Physics (3 credits)    
DOS 515     Computers & Networking (1 credit)   
DOS 516     Radiation Safety (1 credit)    
DOS 710     Intro to Prof e-Port (1 credit)
DOS 711     Scholarship I (1 credit)

Spring I Semester
DOS 521     Professional Issues (1 credit)
DOS 522     Dose Calculations (2 credits)    
DOS 523     Treatment Planning (1 credit)    
DOS 524     Conformal Treatment Plan (2 credits)
DOS 525     Brachytherapy (2 credits)
DOS 721     Education in Medical Dosimetry (1 credit)
DOS 771     Clinical Practicum I (5 credits)

Summer I Semester
DOS 531     Clinical Oncology (3 credits)
DOS 731     Scholarship II (2 credits)
DOS 772     Clinical Practicum II (5 credits)

Fall II Semester
DOS 541     Radiobiology (1 credit)      
DOS 542     Quality Assurance (1 credit)     
DOS 543     Seminar in Medical Dosimetry (2 credits)       
DOS 741     Protocol & Studies In Radiation Oncology (1 credit)
DOS 773     Clinical Practicum III (5 credits)

Spring II Semester
DOS 750    Professional e-Port (1 credit)
DOS 752    Operational Issues In Radiation (2 credits)
DOS 751    Scholarship III (2 credits)


Track B: Non–Radiation Therapists

Summer Semester (Pre)   
DOS 500     Patient Care (2 credits)
DOS 501     Orientation to Radiation Oncology (2 credits)
DOS 502     Diversity & Culture (2 credits)
DOS 503     Intro to Clinical Practicum (1 credit)

Fall I Semester     
DOS 511     Advance Imaging (1 credit)
DOS 512     Simulation (1 credit)    
DOS 513     Anatomy (1 credit)    
DOS 514     Physics (3 credits)    
DOS 515     Computers & Networking (1 credit)   
DOS 516     Radiation Safety (1 credit)    
DOS 710     Intro to Prof e-Port (1 credit)
DOS 711     Scholarship I (1 credit)

Spring I Semester
DOS 521     Professional Issues (1 credit)
DOS 522     Dose Calculations (2 credits)    
DOS 523     Treatment Planning (1 credit)    
DOS 524     Conformal Treatment Plan (2 credits)
DOS 525     Brachytherapy (2 credits)
DOS 721     Education in Medical Dosimetry (1 credit)
DOS 771     Clinical Practicum I (5 credits)

Summer I Semester
DOS 531     Clinical Oncology (3 credits)
DOS 731     Scholarship II (2 credits)
DOS 772     Clinical Practicum II (5 credits)

Fall II Semester
DOS 541     Radiobiology (1 credit)      
DOS 542     Quality Assurance (1 credit)     
DOS 543     Seminar in Medical Dosimetry (2 credits)       
DOS 741     Protocol & Studies In Radiation Oncology (1 credit)
DOS 773     Clinical Practicum III (5 credits)

Spring II Semester
DOS 750    Professional e-Port (1 credit)
DOS 752    Operational Issues In Radiation (2 credits)
DOS 751    Scholarship III (2 credits)


Track C: Certified Medical Dosimetrists

Fall I Semester     
DOS 710     Intro to Prof e-Port (1 credit)
DOS 711     Scholarship I (1 credit)
DOS 741     Protocol & Studies In Radiation Oncology (1 credit)
DOS 781     Seminar for CMD I (3 credits)    
DOS 791     Fieldwork I (4 credits)

Spring I Semester
DOS 731     Scholarship II (2 credits)
DOS 721     Education in Medical Dosimetry (1 credit)
DOS 752     Operational Issues In Radiation (2 credits)
DOS 782     Seminar for CMD II (3 credits)    
DOS 792     Fieldwork II (4 credits)

Summer I Semester
DOS 750    Professional e-Port (2 credits)
DOS 751    Scholarship III (2 credits)
DOS 783    Seminar for CMD III (3 credits)    
DOS 793    Fieldwork III (4 credits)

Recommended Course Sequence per semester; most courses are offered every semester
Certain courses must be followed in sequence (Scholarship; Fieldwork; Seminar; e-Portfolio)