Medical dosimetrists work as part of radiation oncology teams. Educational programs in this field train students in the techniques and equipment used for radiation dosing, and they are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
10 Schools with Dosimetry Programs
These ten schools offer programs in dosimetry:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Suffolk University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$31,120 (graduate)|
|University of Wisconsin - La Crosse||La Crosse, WI||4-year, Public||Master's||$8,162 in-state, $17,750 out-of-state|
|SUNY at Stony Brook University||Stony Brook, NY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,855 in-state, $23,935 out-of-state|
|Southern Illinois University - Carbondale||Carbondale, IL||4-year, Public||Master's||$10,022 in-state, $25,056 out-of-state|
|University of Maryland||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Public||Certificate||$37,792 (graduate, 2016-2017)|
|Indiana University School of Medicine||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Certificate||$8,442 in-state, $26,812 out-of-state (graduate)|
|Thomas Jefferson University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$35,264|
|University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center||Oklahoma City, OK||4-year, Public||Master's||$4,577 in-state, $17,758 out-of-state|
|University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio||San Antonio, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$5,242 in-state, $16,354 out-of-state|
|Bellevue College||Bellevue, WA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Certificate||$3,619 in-state, $8,957 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, School websites
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in dosimetrist programs may want to keep these considerations in mind when choosing between schools:
- Students should look for programs that have been accredited by the JRCERT.
- 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.
- Students should explore the specialties of the faculty at the school. Ideally, the faculty should include certified medical dosimetrists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiobiologists, physicians and nurses.
- Students may want to find out about hands-on training opportunities offered through the school, either at on-campus facilities or off-campus medical facilities.
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 lecture-based courses.
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 the physics of medical dosimetry and 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.
Even though accredited medical dosimetry programs can be difficult to find, they provide essential in-class and practical training for aspiring healthcare professionals. Prospective students should make sure the school they're considering is accredited and check whether the program prepares them for dosimetrist certification.