Application process

Going further, doing more

How to apply

Academic Requirements expanding section
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree. (A degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, radiation therapy, radiologic sciences, or other areas approved by the program.)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all college level coursework attempted.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 in all science and math coursework attempted. 
  • Students must complete all prerequisite coursework by the application deadline.
  • 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's admission policies prior to applying.

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 (payable to UWL) to the address below.  *Application fee assistance is available to McNair Scholars. 

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Watch your email

Following UW System Application submission, you will receive an email 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.

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.
  • It may take a week or more for transcripts to be received/uploaded to your application file. Please plan accordingly in order to meet application deadlines.

*Notice of transcript policy change
Effective for applications started after June 1, 2020 - If a student enrolled in fewer than 10 undergraduate semester credits at an institution, official transcripts are not required unless the courses complete are prerequisites for the graduate program to which the student is applying. Additional transcripts may be required at the university or graduate program's discretion. All graduate transcripts must be submitted.

Submit program application fee expanding section

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

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.

 

Essays (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.)
Healthcare Experience expanding section

Prior healthcare experience is considered an indicator of a career commitment to clinical practice. Direct patient healthcare experience is required for application and evaluated for the quality and extent of the experience. For further information on the Healthcare Experience requirement please visit -  Healthcare Experience.

Documentation of current employment (Track C Only) expanding section

You will need to submit a signed letter from the facility's administrator/manager demonstrating current employment and support for completion of the degree program.

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

Those serving as references will submit recommendations directly to the program via the link below.

Complete a dosimetry observation (Tracks A & B Only) 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. 

Setting up a dosimetry observation expanding section

You are required to arrange your own dosimetry observation, totaling at least 40 hours. Your dosimetry observation hours must occur at a location within the United States and must be completed before the application deadline.

Responsibilities during observation summary expanding section

The dosimetry observation is required to provide you with an opportunity to experience the medical dosimetry profession before applying to our program.  You should use this opportunity to help you decide if the profession is a good fit for you.

  • Arrive on time.
  • Check-in with the medical dosimetrist responsible for your observation evaluation.
  • Be prepared to spend your time observing procedures and communicating with staff and physicians. You should use this opportunity to ask questions to help you determine if this career is a good fit.
  • This is a professional environment and patients are often present. Be respectful and behave appropriately.
  • The dress code should be business casual. Wear comfortable shoes and a white lab coat. Do not wear jeans, dirty or multicolored tennis shoes, sandals, sweat suits, sweat pants, short-cropped shirts showing the naval.
  • Do not wear perfume or aftershave lotion. 

* Note: Clinical sites reserve the right to deny a clinical observation opportunity to any individual who does not observe these regulations.

After the observation expanding section

You will write a short essay summarizing your experience at each observation site. Likewise, you must arrange for your supervisor at each observation to evaluate you.  Please see below for submission information.

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.

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 7 Fall
Track C September 1 November 15 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