Pre-Medical Dosimetry program

Join an in-demand healthcare career

Medical dosimetrists plan the treatment for patients receiving radiation therapy. Medical dosimetry requires critical thinking and problem solving, as well as a good understanding of cross sectional anatomy. 

Pre-Medical Dosimetry is NOT a major at UW-La Crosse. It is a statement of your intention to apply to Medical Dosimetry programs. You will still need to select a major to complete your undergraduate degree. Radiation Therapy is common, but not a requirement. An undergraduate degree in a biological and physical science is encouraged.

Learn more about UWL's  graduate program Medical Dosimetry.

What is a medical dosimetrist?

Medical Dosimetrists work as part of the cancer treatment team. Working in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist, the medical dosimetrist uses their knowledge of physics, anatomy, and radiobiology to plan optimal radiation treatment techniques and dosing. 

Learn more about Medical Dosimetry:

American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD)
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB)

Cousework

Make your intention to pursue a career in Medical Dosimetry official by adding it as an "intended pre-professional track".

Declaring a Pre-Medical Dosimetry track will help you determine common program requirements, including UWL's. However, program requirements vary at other institutions. When selecting coursework, it is important to consult the websites of the programs to which you plan to apply.

Many professional schools do not accept prerequisite courses that have been taken online or at non-U.S. institutions; AP, IB, AICE, and community college credit policies vary by school/program

For Pre-Medical Dosimetry advising, reach out to Travis Hendrickson in the Pre-Health Center. 

Biology

General Biology (BIO 105)
Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 312 & BIO 313)

Chemistry/Biochemistry

General Chemistry I (CHM 103, C or better) needed if taking BIO 312/313 at UWL

Math

Precalculus (MTH 151)

Physics

Fundamental Physics I & II (PHY 103 & PHY 104) or General Physics I & II (PHY 203 & PHY 204)

Additional Requirements

Medical Terminology (HP 250); or equivalent

Grow through experience

Shadow or observe a medical dosimetrist

Shadow or observe a medical dosimetrist. This is a great way to experience the profession and learn more about what it takes to become a medical dosimetrist. UWL’s graduate program requires a minimum of 40 hours. Be sure to check the requirement for the program you plan to apply for.

Gain healthcare experiences

Prior direct patient healthcare experience is required for many programs. These experiences can be volunteer or paid positions, but they need to involve direct patient contact. Some examples may include: Recent graduates of a radiation therapy or imaging sciences program; prior work experience in radiation therapy or imaging sciences; volunteer or paid experience as an EMT, lab tech/phlebotomist, or nursing assistant.

Polish technical skills

UWL's graduate program in Medical Dosimetry provides a list of technical standards required of Medical Dosimetrists.

Prepare to apply

Select a program

To search master's level programs for Medical Dosimetry, the JRCERT website is a place to start; always then consult the individual programs' websites for the most accurate and up to date information.

Selecting Tracks at UWL

  • Track A – candidates that are Registered Radiation Therapists with a BS/BA degree
  • Track B – candidates are Non-Registered Radiation Therapists with a qualifying BS/BS degree
  • Track C – degree completion program for Certified Medical Dosimetrists (CMD’s) who are currently employed and want to obtain a master’s degree
Testing

UWL's master's program does not require an exam for admissions, but some programs might. For more information about standardized testing visit UWL's resource on preparing for tests.

Certifications
  • Students planning to complete Track A at UWL must submit proof of current ARRT certification.
  • Students planning to complete Track C must submit proof of current MDCB certification and documentation of current employment.
  • Each program can vary, so please consult each individual program for information regarding certifications.
Apply

Most medical dosimetry programs, including UWL's graduate program, will have their own application process. You will need to visit each individual programs’ website to review their application process and requirements. See Apply with confidence for more information on personal statements, letters of recommendation, interviewing, and more 

Timeline

Timelines vary. For example, UWL's applications are due in January of each year. Check individual programs' websites for specific information.