Courses for Medical Dosimetry, M.S.

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Prerequisites

These courses at GVSU or their equivalents at another college or university, OR a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy with comparable coursework, are prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Program.

Course Number, Course Title, Credits

  • BMS 250 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BMS 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • MTH 122 College Algebra (Note: prerequisite for PHY 220) (3)
  • MTH 123 Trigonometry (Note: prerequisite for PHY 220) (3)
  • MTH 201 Calculus I (recommended) (5)
  • PHY 220 General Physics I with Lab (5)
  • PHY 221 General Physics II with Lab (5)
  • RIs 401 Computer Applications (3)
  • RIT 302 Radiation Protection Physics (2)
  • RIT 322 Radiation Biology (2)
  • RIS 441 Sectional Anatomy (4)
  • RIS 458 Neoplastic Pathophysiology (3)
  • RIT 330 Principles & Practices of Radiation Therapy I (4)
  • RIT 331 Principles & Practices in Radiation Therapy Lab (1)

 


M.S. in Medical Dosimetry Curriculum

Course Descriptions

PH 510 – Public Health Epidemiology

Basic concepts of epidemiology including measurement of disease occurrence and intervention strategies within a public health/community context. This course will introduce students to study designs commonly utilized in public health as well as their application to evaluation and policy.

PH 525 – Quantitative Research Methods in Public Health

Focuses on data collection and management, study design, selection of study subjects, evaluation of bias, confounding, interaction for randomized trials, prospective and retrospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.

STA 610 – Applied Statistics for Healthcare Professionals

Project-oriented overview of major statistical techniques commonly used in problems encountered in health professions. Students will learn to use a major statistical computing package. Hypothesis testing, t-tests, regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, categorical data analysis, nonparametric statistics.

RMD 630-Medical Dosimetry I

Orientation and explanation of computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the head and neck, thoracic, and abdominal regions. Introduction to radiation physics and clinical quality assurance are included.

RMD 631-Medical Dosimetry Lab I

Laboratory practice in the orientation and initial use of common computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the head and neck, thoracic, and abdomen regions.

RMD 661 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education I

Clinical experience in medical dosimetry in a university affiliated clinical education center is the focus of the course. The student will focus on treatment planning of neoplasms in the head and neck, thorax, and abdomen anatomic areas.

RMD 632 Medical Dosimetry II

Explanation and discussion of advanced details of computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the pelvis and extremities, including brachytherapy, and other procedures (e.g., palliative, electron beam, fusion).  Advanced topics in radiation physics, medical physics, and quality assurance are included.

RMD 633 Medical Dosimetry II Lab

Advanced laboratory practice in the orientation and clinical use of common computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the pelvis, extremities, brachytherapy, and other (e.g., palliative, electron beam, fusion) regions.

RMD 662 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education II

Clinical experiences will be achieved in treatment planning, image fusion, verification calculation, and plan presentation of pelvis, extremities, brachytherapy, and palliative clinical medical dosimetry procedures in a university affiliated clinical education center.

RMD 670 Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry

Investigation of the psychosocial aspects of oncologic patient care, including thanatology and bereavement, body image and emotions in illness and treatment. Students also explore electronic medical records and charting, treatment error corrections, and legal and ethical issues. Advanced quality assurance and quality improvement topics are included. Discussion and review of dosimetry credentialing mechanisms is also addressed.

RMD 663 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education III

This course enables the student to gain advanced clinical experience in medical dosimetry in a university affiliated clinical education center. The student will focus on advanced treatment planning, image fusion, verification calculation, and plan presentation of electron beam, fusion, HDR, and stereotactic delivery clinical medical dosimetry procedures.

RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project

Guided research project development in medical dosimetry. This course must be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis

Guided research thesis development and completion in medical dosimetry for students who desire a traditional graduate thesis experience. This course must be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Students must register for either RMD 693 or RMD 695 throughout continuous enrollment in the medical dosimetry program.

RMD 696 Medical Dosimetry Thesis Continuous Enrollment

A continuation of RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis designed to allow students to complete their guided research thesis in medical dosimetry. This course is designed for students who desire a traditional thesis research experience. This course requires a recommendation by the student's faculty mentor and/or review committee.


12 months - Restricted to credentialed Radiation Therapists or graduate of a bachelor's program with required pre-requisites

12-month Sample Schedule

Fall

Winter

Spring/Summer

Clinical

*STA 610 Applied Statistics for Health Professions (3) (offered online or hybrid)

*RMD 630 Medical Dosimetry I (3) 

*RMD 631 Medical Dosimetry I Lab (1)

*RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or *RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (2-6)

RMD 661 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education I (3) (42 days)

*RMD 632 Medical Dosimetry II (3)

*RMD 633 Medical Dosimetry II Lab (1)

*PH 550 Public Health Epidemiology (3)

*RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or *RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (2-6)

RMD 662 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education II (4) (56 days)

*RMD 670 Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry (3)

*PH 575 Quantitative Research in Public Health (3)

*RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or *RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (2-6)

RMD 663 Medical Dosimetry Clinical III (4) (56 days)

1232 contact hrs (154 days)

Learn more about the Clinical Requirements.

Total: 12 credits

Total: 13 credits

Total: 12 credits

 

*= hybrid course

Hybrid / Online percentages: 11 of 14 courses = 78%

Dosimetrists holding CMD certification from the MDCB will receive 11 credits (Clinical Education 1, 2 & 3) and 4 credits for Medical Dosimetry I

These CMD's will need to take 22 credits to complete their MS Medical Dosimetry Degree


Part-Time Option Available

Contact our program advisors to learn more about part-time options for Medical Dosimetry, M.S.



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