Dosimetrist Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Medical dosimetry programs are often housed in a university's radiology department. Both bachelor's and master's degrees are available in this subject, as well as certificate programs. Programs for aspiring dosimetrists are typically available at 4-year colleges and universities.

How to Select a Dosimetrist School

Medical dosimetrists are members of the radiation oncology team. They are educated in the procedures of radiation dosing and familiar with the equipment and techniques used (www.mdcb.org). Medical dosimetry is not yet a degree that is widely offered and there are few programs available. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for accrediting medical dosimetry schools. Accredited schools can be found on JRCERT's website (www.jrcert.org).

Students interested in dosimetrist programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:

  • Even with a degree or certificate, becoming licensed is highly recommended for work in this field, so undergraduate programs should prepare students to take the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board exam.
  • A program's faculty should include certified medical dosimetrists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiobiologists, physicians and nurses.

Dosimetrist Program Overviews

Medical Dosimetry Certificate Programs

Most dosimetry certificate programs are offered as graduate or post-bachelor's certificates and last for 12 months. While a certificate is acceptable for employment in this field, it is best for students who already have a degree in radiation oncology or a related field or are currently certified radiation therapists. These programs require a bachelor's degree or the completion of a certain amount of college credits for admittance. Certification in radiation therapy may also be required for admittance. Students participate in clinical practicums and take courses such as:

  • Radiation physics
  • Radiation biology
  • Clinical dosimetry

Medical Dosimetry Bachelor's Degree Programs

Medical dosimetry degree programs are rare at the baccalaureate level. When they are offered, they may be available as a track within a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences program or as a Bachelor of Science in Medical Dosimetry. Bachelor's degree completion programs are also available for students that have already earned some applicable college credit.

Bachelor's degree programs for medical dosimetry are typically small. Most have a total student capacity of fewer than ten, although there are some programs with capacities over 30. Often, these are 1-year, full-time programs, following the completion of all prerequisite courses. In addition to clinical education, topics of study can include:

  • Medical dosimetry physics
  • Cross-sectional anatomy
  • Radiation treatment planning

Medical Dosimetry Master's Degree Programs

Master's programs take two years of full-time study to complete. Besides a bachelor's degree, certification as a radiation therapist is a required prerequisite of most programs. In addition to coursework, clinical internships and research projects are a significant part of the curriculum. Some graduate programs offer alternative tracks for students who are already certified medical dosimetrists. Programs may lead to a Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry, a Master of Health Science in Medical Dosimetry or a Master of Science in Allied Health Sciences with a medical dosimetry specialization. Courses students might take include:

  • Cross-sectional anatomy
  • Medical dosimetry physics
  • Medical law and ethics

10 Schools with Dosimetry Programs

College/University Institution Type
Suffolk University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse 4-year, Public
SUNY at Stony Brook University 4-year, Public
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale 4-year, Public
University of Maryland - Medical Center 4-year, Public
Indiana University School of Medicine 4-year, Public
Thomas Jefferson University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Oklahoma Heath Sciences Center 4-year, Public
University of Texas - Health Science Center at San Antonio 4-year, Public
Bellevue College 4-year, Public

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