Medical Dosimetry, M.S.
A medical dosimetrist is a key member of the radiation oncology team who works closely with physicians, physicists, and other members of the radiation oncology team to implement each treatment plan. The medical dosimetrist uses computer software to design and accurately calculate a radiation treatment plan based on the radiation oncologist's prescription, being cognizant of normal tissues and critical structures in the treatment vicinity.
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The Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry program is a JRCERT accredited 12-month hybrid/online program that is composed of didactic and clinical education. Students complete the year-long program in a clinical placement located within the U.S. and are required to attend one on-site meeting at GVSU.
Why Study Medical Dosimetry at Grand Valley?
- One of only five graduate medical dosimetry programs in the nation and the only university in Michigan to offer the degree.
- There is no out-of-state tuition rate for the graduate Medical
- Strong clinical education of over 1200 clinical hours, ensuring
graduates are ready to begin working after graduation.
- GVSU has a state-of-the-art treatment planning lab that can be used while on campus or remotely to supplement treatment planning experience.
- The program offers a part-time option for working radiation therapists.
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The GVSU Medical Dosimetry program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program will adhere to JRCERT standards.
Location & Format
Clinicals are in-person at the assigned institution, and didactic courses are online. Students remain at one clinical location for the entire year (which are located across the U.S.) and are required to come on-site to the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile, one time during the year (a three day visit for orientation). The remainder of the courses are online.Format:
The curriculum meets the requirements prescribed by the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists, so that successfully completing the 38-credit hour didactic and clinical curriculum qualifies the graduate's eligibility to sit for the MDCB examination and become a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD).
Students study a variety of topics that include:
- Computer technology
- Clinical disease processes
- Human anatomy
- Radiation physics
Initial review of applications for fall begins February 1. The program continues to accept applications that meet the admissions requirements until the start of the program in August. Submitting a completed application will secure you a spot on the waitlist but does not guarantee a review of your application. Late applications will be reviewed in the order that they are completed if seats do open before the program begins. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.
For general requirements for graduate admission, visit Grand Valley State University’s admission section of the online catalog.
Admission into the medical dosimetry program has additional requirements, which are available on this page.
If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate admissions office.