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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 plan based on the radiation oncologist's prescription, being cognizant of normal tissues and critical structures in the treatment vicinity.
The Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry program consists primarily of radiation therapy students. Those who have graduated from professional undergraduate programs in radiation therapy meet all prerequisite requirements.
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.
Clinicals are in-person at the assigned institution, and didactic courses are hybrid and online. Students remain at one clinical location for the entire year (which are located across the US) and are required to come on-site to the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile, 2-3 times during the year (typically 2-4 days per visit). 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 37-credit hour didactic and clinical curriculum qualifies graduates eligibility to sit for the MDCB examination and become a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD).
Students study a variety of topics that include:
The program prepares students for the technical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of a career in the field. Medical dosimetrists are in high demand in hospitals and radiation treatment facilities and have many career options that include:
The M.S. in Medical Dosimetry at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.
Source: EMSI, 2020
Initial review of applications for fall begins February 1; rolling admissions accepted until all clinical placements are filled. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.
Requirements for consideration of admission into the program are as follows:
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