Medical Dosimetry (DOS)

College of Science and Health
Department of Health Professions
Program Director: Nishele Lenards
(608) 785-5071
email: lenards.nish@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/md

This certificate program is designed for the certified radiation therapist, someone with a BS degree in science or another related field with required prerequisites, 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 participating in an on-the-job medical dosimetry training program; and/or a BS degree with grades of “C” or better in the following college level courses; pre-calculus math, physics, biology, anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, and computer science; as well as a 40 hour week of observation in medical dosimetry at a radiation oncology center. This program utilizes Web-based instruction for the didactic course work. The clinical practicum courses are taken at affiliated radiation oncology departments. The program includes three semesters and always starts in the fall semester. Track I (32 credits) is for certified radiation therapists; track 2 (23 credits) is for certified radiation therapists or persons with a bachelor’s degree participating in on-the-job training programs. The required courses include:

Medical Dosimetry Certificate

Fall semester (9-12 credits)

DOS 310 (1 credit) Advanced Radiologic Imaging for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 320 (1 credit) Simulation for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 330 (1 credit) Anatomy for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 340 (1 credit) Fundamentals of Radiation Safety for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 350 (2 credits) Physics for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 360 (1 credit) Introduction to Dose Calculations
DOS 370 (2 credits) Introduction to Teletherapy Treatment Planning
DOS 470 (3 credits) Dosimetry Clinical Practicum I (Track 1 only)

Spring semester (9-12 credits)

DOS 380 (2 credits) Fundamentals of Clinical Oncology for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 390 (1 credit) Radiobiology for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 400 (2 credits) Brachytherapy for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 410 (2 credits) Conformal Treatment Planning
DOS 420 (2 credits) Dosimtery and Instrumentation in Radiation Oncology
DOS 480 (3 credits) Dosimetry Clinical Practicum II (Track 1 only)

Summer term (5-8 credits)

DOS 430 (2 credits) Brachytherapy Treatment Planning
DOS 440 (1 credit) Dosimetric Quality Assurance
DOS 450 (1 credit) Professional Issues for Medical Dosimetrists
DOS 460 (1 credit) Seminar in Medical Dosimetry
DOS 490 (3 credits) Dosimetry Clinical Practicum III (Track 1 only)

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.

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. \

Applicant must be a registered radiation therapist; and/or an individual with a B.S. degree in science meeting prerequisite courses: pre-calculus math, physics, biology, anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, and computer science; and/or working “on-the-job training” in medical dosimetry.

Applicant must have completed a 40-hour week of observation in medical dosimetry at a radiation oncology center.

Applicants are required to have a minimal overall grade point average of 2.5 and 2.7 in sciences on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status.

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) or a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within two years prior to application to the program.

DOS 310 Cr. 1 Advanced 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 Certificate Program. Offered Fall.

DOS 320 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 Certificate Program. Offered Fall.

DOS 330 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: cceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program. Offered Fall.

DOS 340 Cr. 1 Fundamentals of Radiation Safety for Medical Dosimetrists

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 350 Cr. 2 Physics Fundamentals for Medical Dosimetrists

Fundamental principles of physics important to the production and use of radiation for treatment purposes are reviewed and expanded. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program. Offered Fall.

DOS 360 Cr. 1 Introduction to Dose Calculations

This course introduces factors that affect dose delivered in radiation treatments and how these factors are accounted for in dose calculations. Prerequisites: Certified radiation therapist and/or on the job training dosimetrist. Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program. Offered Fall.

DOS 370 Cr. 2 Introduction to Teletherapy Treatment Planning

Methods of best treating various disease sites with single or multiple field arrangements using x-rays and/or electrons are discussed. Web-based course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program. Offered Fall.

DOS 380 Cr. 2 Fundamentals of 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 330. Offered Spring.

DOS 390 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 330. Offered Spring.

DOS 400 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. Web-based course. Prerequiste: DOS 350. Offered Spring.     .

DOS 410 Cr. 2 Conformal Treatment Planning

Advanced planning techniques of conformal radiation therapy, including 3-dimensional treatment planning and IMRT concepts, are presented. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 370. Offered Spring.

DOS 420 Cr. 2 Dosimetry and Instrumentation in Radiation Oncology

Dose measurement utilizing a variety of methods is discussed along with appropriate instrumentation. Calibration methods for linear accelerators are also discussed. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 350. Offered Spring.

DOS 430 Cr. 2 Brachytherapy Treatment Planning

Methods and instruments utilized to apply brachytherapy treatment planning techniques to clinical treatment situations are discussed. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 400. Offered Summer.

DOS 440 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 420. Offered Summer.

DOS 450 Cr. 1 Professional Issues for Medical Dosimetrists

This course introduces the student to the professional practice of dosimetry, including scope and standards of practice, legal and ethical issues. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 470, DOS 480. Offered Summer.  

DOS 460 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 certification exam. Web-based course. Prerequisite: DOS 310 – 420; track I—DOS 470, DOS 480. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Summer.

DOS 470 Cr. 3 Dosimetry Clinical Practicum I

Students gain clinical experience in dose calculation and treatment planning methods for standard radiation therapy teletherapy treatments at an affiliated clinical site. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Track 1 medical dosimetry certificate program. Offered Fall.

DOS 480 Cr. 3 Dosimetry Clinical Practicum II

Students continue to develop clinical skills at a clinical affiliate, concentrating on more advanced treatment planning and brachytherapy procedures. Prerequisite: DOS 470. Offered Spring.

DOS 490 Cr. 3 Dosimetry Clinical Practicum III

Students continue to improve their treatment planning and dosimetric skills, concentrating on advanced planning methods and quality assurance techniques. Prerequisites: DOS 470, DOS 480. Offered Summer.-