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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 plan based on the radiation oncologist's prescription, being cognizant of normal tissues and critical structures in the treatment vicinity.

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100%
Graduation Rate
14%
Job Growth by 2024
$73,541
Median Annual Salary

Source: EMSI, 2020

Program Overview

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.

Why Study Medical Dosimetry at Grand Valley?

  • Distinctive program. One of only five graduate medical dosimetry programs in the nation and the only university in Michigan to offer the degree.
  • Experience based. Features a strong field experience and internship component.
  • Small student to faculty ratio. Strong clinical component ensures a faculty to student ratio of no greater than 2:1.
  • Fully accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiation Therapy (JRCERT).
  • Convenient and flexible. Courses are offered at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids. About 85 percent of the courses are offered either online or in an online/in-person hybrid format.
  • GVSU has a state-of-the-art treatment planning lab that can be used while on campus or remotely to supplement treatment planning experience.

Accreditation

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 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:

Coursework

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:

  • Computer technology
  • Clinical disease processes
  • Human anatomy
  • Radiation physics

Career Options

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:

  • Education
  • Management
  • Medical sales
  • Patient care
  • Technical training

Skills Employers Want

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.

  • Treatment Planning
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Brachytherapy
  • Radiation Protection

Source: EMSI, 2020

Application Deadline

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/.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for consideration of admission into the program are as follows:

  • GVSU Graduate Application - students must apply to and be admitted to GVSU
  • One to two page personal statement 
  • Three recommendations from health professionals (embedded within the graduate application, separate letters from references are NOT required)
  • Official copies of ALL transcripts sent directly to the GVSU Admissions Office in Allendale.
  • Resume - please list ALL health care experiences (volunteer, paid, job shadow) under one section of the resume and include leadership activities
  • Statement describing how prerequisite courses not yet completed will be done PRIOR to entry in the program
  • Submit all application materials by February 1st (all materials must be received by this date, including transcripts and letters of recommendation).  Late applications are accepted until clinical placements are filled. If you are interested in Part Time and have your own clinical site available please contact the Program Director. 
  • Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by March 15th (new cohorts start in August).

For More Information

College of Health Professions Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences Medical Dosimetry Program

gvsu.edu/shp
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan St. NE, Suite 410
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5753

 

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