Application process

Admission policies to consider before application

The rigor and intensity of this program, as well as the skills and responsibility necessary for practice as a medical dosimetrist, determine the qualities of successful applicants. This program seeks applicants with a strong academic background and refined interpersonal skills and maturity.

The application/selection process has been developed with the intent to consider applicant strengths and to select for admission, those applicants best qualified to meet program requirements and mission. Please review the program admission policies prior to applying.  The Graduate Catalog provides additional details regarding this program.

How to apply

Contact the graduate program expanding section

We strongly encourage you to make contact with our program's admissions coordinator to introduce yourself and address any questions you might have about the program.  This contact also helps to alert us to your interest in the program as well as the status of your application. 

Medical Dosimetry

Peter Amann  Profile of Peter Amann

Student Status Exam Senior
4033 Health Science Center
pamann@uwlax.edu
608.785.6622

Complete a dosimetry observation (Tracks A & B) expanding section
  • Applicants for Tracks A & B are required to have completed a minimum of 40 hours of observation in medical dosimetry. Track B (non-radiation therapy applicants) are strongly encouraged to complete more than 40 hours of observation due to the highly competitive admissions process. 
  • Detailed information on how to complete this requirement is available here.
Applicant: submit observation summary expanding section

Please summarize your experiences in your dosimetry observation in a short essay (12 point font, 1.5 line spacing, 1 inch margins; no bulleted or numbered lists). If you completed observation hours at more than one site, submit separate essays for each site. Your essay should address the following: 

  • Your first and last name, department observed, date of observation, hours observed
  • Medical dosimetry procedures and types of cases observed
  • Daily duties performed by medical dosimetrists
  • Methods by medical dosimetrists to design plans and attempt to minimize radiation side effects for patients
  • Aspects of the medical dosimetry profession that were most interesting and least interesting
  • Whether the observation provided a better overview of the profession
  • The characteristics you have to perform medical dosimetry tasks on a routine basis
  • Your personal reaction to the observation experience
Evaluator: submit an observer evaluation expanding section

If you have agreed to act as an observation supervisor and have allowed a prospective applicant to observe at your facility as part of their application to this medical dosimetry program, please complete the electronic evaluation of the prospective applicant.

Questions may be directed to the program at mdprogram@uwlax.edu.

Submit a UW System application expanding section
  • Follow the link to the UW System application. Register as a new user, unless you already have an account.
  • The email you enter on this application will be used to send you important information related to completing your graduate school application. You should use an email address that you monitor on a regular basis. 
  • There is a $56 UW System application fee, which you can pay online at the time of application. Alternatively, you can send a check to the address below.  *Application fee assistance is available to McNair Scholars. 

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

  • The application period for this program opens annually in early September. 
Cohort Application Deadline Semester Start
Tracks A/B January 15 Fall
Track C December 1 Spring
Watch your email

Following UW System Application submission, you will receive two emails.

The first email is an invitation to your WINGS Student Center and includes information about your NETID/WINGS Username.  Access your WINGS Student Center to check the status of your application fee and transcripts.

The second email provides login information for your Applicant Dashboard. This email will be sent within 3 business days of submission of your UW system application; you may need to check your junk/spam email folders.  You will use your Applicant Dashboard to submit the supplemental application materials described below (including reference requests) for this program. If you have problems with the Applicant Dashboard, please contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu.

WINGS (example) 

Applicant Dashboard (example)

WINGS example App Dashboard example
Submit transcripts expanding section

Request that ALL previously attended institutions of higher education send official transcripts to the UWL Admissions Office.  This includes transcripts for courses taken for college credit during high school. UWL accepts transcripts mailed directly from the issuing institution(s) or through an electronic secure document sending service.  Transcripts should be sent to:

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
admissions@uwlax.edu

  • Applicants can check transcript status via their WINGS account.
  • Applicants who are current UWL undergraduate students/alumni do not need to request formal transcripts for UWL coursework. Admissions can access your UWL transcript.
Submit program application fee expanding section

Mail a completed copy of the Medical Dosimetry Program Application Fee Form and $50 application fee to: 

UWL Medical Dosimetry Program
1725 State Street
4033 HSC
La Crosse, WI 54601

*This fee is in addition to and separate from the UW-System Application fee.

 

Log in to Applicant Dashboard to submit supplemental application materials expanding section

All supplemental application materials listed below (including recommendation requests) will be submitted via your Applicant Dashboard. You will receive an email invitation to login to your Applicant Dashboard within 3 business days of UW System Application submission. Contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu with questions.

Recommendations expanding section

Four recommendations are required. Please note: 

  • Two recommendations must come from individuals who have worked with or supervised you in a clinical setting
  • For Track A & B applicants: the individual who provides your dosimetry observation may not also serve as a reference

You will submit your recommendation request(s) using the Applicant Dashboard by providing the name and email address for each reference.  The system will automatically send the reference an email, including a link through which their recommendation should be uploaded to your application file. Your reference(s) should receive the emailed link within one business day of your request.

It is your responsibility to notify your reference(s) of the emailed request (they may need to check spam/junk folders) and provide information regarding deadlines for completion of the recommendation. 

You will be able to monitor the status of your recommendation requests, resend requests, and change reference information on Applicant Dashboard. Please contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu with questions.

Healthcare experience form - Tracks A&B only expanding section

You will be required to complete a healthcare experience form via the Applicant Dashboard. 

Personal statement - Tracks A&B only expanding section

Prepare a written response to the numbered items below. Each response should be on a separate page and should be limited to 375-400 words in length (MS Word formatting: 1.5 line spacing, 12 point font, 1 inch margins).

  1. Please describe a person in your life that you hope to emulate. What qualities does this individual possess that you hope to carry forward in your own life? Describe how these qualities might enhance your own ability to become an exceptional health care provider. 
  2. Please tell us about a time in your life when you experienced adversity. How did you handle the situation? What did you learn about yourself that will benefit you in your chosen profession?
  3. Please explain your reason for entering the profession. In addition, is there any additional information that you would like the admissions committee to know about you that has not already been shared in this explanation? If so, please explain. 
  4. If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application? (Please respond only if you have previously applied to the program.) 
Licenses or certifications expanding section

Track A applicants - Upload proof of current ARRT certification. 

Track C applicants - Upload proof of current MDCB certification. 

Documentation of current employment - Track C only expanding section

Upload a signed letter from the facility's administrator/manager demonstrating current employment and support for completion of the degree program.

Additional requirements for international applicants expanding section

In addition to the application requirements listed above, international applicants will need to submit the following items:

  • Transcript information - As noted above, official, certified or attested transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted. Additionally, documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Course-by-Course Evaluations: This program requires a WES or ECE evaluation to be submitted as part of the application process.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: Applicants for the Medical Dosimetry program who are not native speakers of English must meet one of the following for admission: 
    • Official TOEFL score (within the last 2 years) of at least 100 iBT [Institution Code: 1914]
    • Official IELTS score (within the last 2 years) of at least 7.5
  • Proof of funding: Submit a bank statement and completed Affidavit of Support form.
    • Applicants who require F-2 visas for dependents (spouse and/or children) must submit additional proof of funding and passport copies for each dependent.

  • Passport information: Submit a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. 

Please contact International Admissions at  intladmissions@uwlax.edu if you have questions.  Each of the items listed in this section "Additional requirements for international applicants" can be sent directly to the UWL Admissions Office.

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
USA

* Special note regarding F-1/J-1 Visas: UW-La Crosse (UWL) is unable to issue immigration documents for an F-1/J-1 visa to international students in this online program [8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)]. International students must have a valid visa that permits online study in the U.S. If you have further questions please contact UWL's International Education & Engagement (IEE) at international@uwlax.edu.

Deadlines

Cohort Application Opens Application Deadline Semester Start
Tracks A/B September 1 January 15 Fall
Track C September 1 December 1 Spring
  • ALL application materials must be received by the deadline.
    • Please be aware that it may take a number of weeks to complete a graduate program application.  Specifically, you will want to allow additional time for the receipt of transcripts and recommendations. Please plan accordingly.

Selection of applicants

Process expanding section

The selection committee consists of program officials and a panel of practitioners at clinical internship sites. 

After review of applications, applicants selected to proceed to the interview stage will be provided a list of clinical internship sites. Applicants arrange their own interviews at selected sites. 

Interviews are conducted over a 4-week period.

After interviews are completed, internship sites submit final rankings of all applicants to program officials. The selection committee will make decisions regarding the placement of students at each site based on match analysis.

Timeline expanding section

This typical timeline is subject to change in any given year

  • End of January: review of applications
  • Month of February: Interviews
  • 1st two weeks of March: Selection decisions
  • 3rd week of March: Letters sent regarding status of acceptance