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.
• (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 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.