2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Dosimetry for Radiation Therapist (Track A) - Master of Science

Track A includes a 12 month clinical internship program. Clinical Internships will take place from January through December. The didactic online courses begin in the fall semester prior to starting clinical internship training. This Master of Science program not only delivers the core medical dosimetry curriculum, it also offers advanced professional and research coursework that prepares graduates for future advancement in the profession.  Upon graduation, the student is considered a Route 1 exam applicant by the MDCB. This program adheres to all JRCERT accreditation standards.

Dosimetry admission to program policy

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.

  • Applicant must have an earned baccalaureate degree. (A degree in radiation therapy, physics, radiologic sciences, math, computers, or other areas approved by the program.)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0; overall GPA of 3.0 on prerequisite coursework
  • Minimum of 40 hours of documented medical dosimetry observation
  • Prior documented experience working with patients in a healthcare environment
  • Completed program and graduate school application with three letters of reference
  • Interviews with program director and adjunct faculty at clinical internship sites
  • Completion of computer eligibility requirements. More information can be found on the Medical Dosimetry Program website.
  • 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) within two years of application to the program.

Prerequisite coursework

Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs; or equivalent6-8
Physics-2 course sequence; or equivalent6-8
Pre-Calculus; or College Algebra + Trigonometry; or equivalent3-4
Biology; or equivalent3-4
Medical Terminology; or equivalent1-3
Computer Science; or equivalent2-3

Curriculum - Track A (for radiation therapists)

Students enrolled in the Master of Science degree program must take all courses in sequence per semester as a cohort (see sample degree plan tab). Courses are listed in order of enrollment.

46 credits

DOS 511Imaging & Localization Concepts2
DOS 513Anatomy for Medical Dosimetrists1
DOS 514Physics Fundamentals for Medical Dosimetrists3
DOS 515Computers & Networking in Radiation Oncology1
DOS 516Fundamentals of Radiation Safety1
DOS 750Professional e-Portfolio1
DOS 522Radiation Dose Calculations2
DOS 523Treatment Planning in Medical Dosimetry3
DOS 525Brachytherapy for Medical Dosimetrists2
DOS 711Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry I2
DOS 771Dosimetry Clinical Practicum I5
DOS 518Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry2
DOS 531Clinical Oncology for Medical Dosimetrists3
DOS 731Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry II2
DOS 741Protocols & Studies in Radiation Oncology1
DOS 772Dosimetry Clinical Practicum II5
DOS 541Radiobiology for Medical Dosimetrists1
DOS 542Dosimetric Quality Assurance1
DOS 543Seminar in Medical Dosimetry1
DOS 773Dosimetry Clinical Practicum III5
DOS 751Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry III2
Total Credits46

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
DOS 5112DOS 5222DOS 5411
DOS 5131DOS 5233DOS 5252
DOS 5143DOS 7112DOS 7312
DOS 5151DOS 5313DOS 7411
DOS 5161DOS 7715DOS 7725
DOS 7501   
 9 15 11
Year 2
FallCredits  
DOS 5421  
DOS 5431  
DOS 7512  
DOS 5182  
DOS 7735  
 11    
Total Credits: 46
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