Medical Dosimetry Schools: How to Choose

Dec 07, 2019

To prepare dosimetrists for work on radiation oncology teams, programs in this field center around medical, technological and mathematical coursework. There are a select number of accredited certificate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in this field of study.

Aspiring medical dosimetrists can get the training they need by enrolling in programs that have been accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Most programs are offered by 4-year schools, but some certificate programs can be found at 2-year schools.

10 Schools with Medical Dosimetry Programs

These programs provide relevant training in medical dosimetry:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $5,704 in-state, $17,772 out-of-state
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $40,651
Bellevue College Bellevue, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Post-baccalaureate certificate $3,778 in-state, $9,144 out-of-state (includes fees)
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Carbondale, IL 4-year, Public Master's $11,268 in-state, $28,170 out-of-state
University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK 4-year, Public Master's $5,119 in-state, $19,778 out-of-state
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse LaCrosse, WI 4-year, Public Master's $8,567 in-state, $18,67 out-of-state
Indiana University School of Medicine Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Graduate Certificate $9,225 in-state, $31,932 out-of-state
University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public Certificate $9,080 in-state, $37,314 out-of-state
University of North Carolina School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Post-baccalaureate Certificate $10,243 in-state, $27,454 out-of-state
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $4,222 in-state, $21,652 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following points when selecting a medical dosimetry school:

  • Students should try to find programs that have been accredited by JRCERT (check the program list on JRCERT's website). Graduation from an approved program is required in order to be eligible to take the MDCB certification exam, which is a credential desired by many employers.
  • A school's hands-on training opportunities should provide experience working with technologies such as computerized dosing programs and advanced radiation equipment.
  • If a medical dosimetry program isn't accessible, students can consider related programs, such as allied health sciences, which may offer similar coursework in anatomy, chemistry and mathematics.
  • Students might want to consider the admissions requirements when choosing a program level. Certificate and master's degree programs are only available to experienced technologists or applicants with a bachelor's degree.

Dosimetry Certificate Programs

Most certificate programs last 12 months. These programs usually require that students already possess a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy or a related field. Some programs require that students be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in radiation therapy and have one year of relevant work experience. An additional six months of clinical experience is required for graduates of these programs to be able to sit for the MDCB exam.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Students who earn a bachelor's degree are eligible to take the MDCB exam immediately upon graduation. Most of these programs require time spent in a clinical setting in addition to coursework. Courses vary depending on the program, but common topics include radiation therapy physics and oncology.

Master's Degree Programs

Most schools with master's programs offer different tracks depending on the student's interest. Some programs offer tracks for students who have already passed the MDCB exam, while other schools give students the choice of pursuing professional or research-based tracks. Many programs incorporate courses in planning or leadership for those interested in management positions. Students work at clinical sites and take lecture-based classes.

There are programs that train students in medical dosimetry available at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. They typically include both biomedical coursework and real-world training experiences.

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