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Admissions policies

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. The number of students admitted is dependent on the number and capacity of clinical internship sites. Applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status.

Prior education

  • Applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree. (A degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, radiation therapy, radiologic sciences, or other areas approved by the program.)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0; minimum GPA of 3.0 in science and math coursework. 
  • Students must complete all prerequisite coursework by the application deadline.

Health care experience

  • 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.

Dosimetry observation

  • Applicants 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 dosimetry observation 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. See the Application process page for more information.

*Please note: any person who evaluates your dosimetry observation may not also provide one of the 4 recommendations required for your application to the program. 

Background and interpersonal skills

  • Applicants should be able to highlight aspects of their background predictive of the potential for successful practice in the service areas of the program's partner institutions
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the profession and the profession's role in the healthcare system.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Technical standards

  • Prospective students should review the technical standards for the profession prior to applying.

Transfer credits

  • Pre-requisite/undergraduate: Courses from regional, accredited institutions are generally accepted as pre-requisite/undergraduate course requirements. The graduate school has policies regarding transfer credit but program directors have discretion in evaluating proposed transfer credits to determine if graduate courses taken at other institutions apply to a student's program of study at UWL.
  • Medical dosimetry professional core curriculum: transfer credits from other medical dosimetry/physics programs are not accepted. Due to the tight sequencing and integration of the curriculum, we do not accept didactic or clinical credits from other programs/institutions. All students, regardless of prior background and education, must complete the entire professional/core curriculum at UWL.

Immunization standards

  • We respect that students may elect to not receive immunizations for personal or medical reasons.  However, clinical affiliates must comply with their organization's policy regarding immunizations and as such may decline a student without required immunizations or medical documentation.
  • Students who have a medical condition that precludes them from receiving immunizations may be asked to provide additional documentation from a medical provider.
  • Students should be aware that immunization status may impact options for clinical education experiences and progression through the medical dosimetry curriculum.

Criminal Background Check

You will be required to complete a criminal background check after accepting placement in the program. Please be aware that a felony charge may affect your ability to obtain clinical placements and/or sit for the board examination. It is the clinical sites' prerogative to accept or deny clinical rotations to students with an arrest (with charge pending) and/or a conviction. Therefore, it is the applicant/student's responsibility to inform the program during admissions as well as during the course of his/her education.

Reentry & readmission

  • Students who feel they must withdraw from the medical dosimetry program once accepted, are encouraged to speak to the program director prior to withdrawal. Students are not guaranteed placement should they wish to reenter. They must reapply to the program and be considered for placement by the Selection Committee.