Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry

The Medical Dosimetry graduate program at Grand Valley is designed to give the student wishing to become a medical dosimetrist and earn a M.S. degree the opportunity to use some of the most cutting edge technology in the field. The curriculum is a research-based graduate program that prepares dosimetrists to be leaders in the field of medical dosimetry and radiation oncology.

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CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

100% Graduation Rate

14% JOB INCREASE

2014-2024

$73,541 - $127,884

AVERAGE SALARY

According to Payscale.com, dosimetrists' salaries ranged between $73,541-$127,884 a year as of 2018. Employment in radiation treatment positions was projected to grow 14% between 2014 and 2024, a rate that's faster than average, due to a growing elderly population, falling costs, and improved treatment effectiveness. GVSU medical dosimetry graduates become dosimetrists and work in the following fields:

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

Why Study Medical Dosimetry at Grand Valley?

Experience. Includes clinical experience performing treatment planning activities in radiation oncology centers.

In-demand. Advances in treatment planning combined with increases in radiation oncology centers has increased the demand for certified medical dosimetrists.

Flexible. Available as a 3 term lockstep cohort program for full time students or 5 to 6 terms for part time students. The program is a hybrid/online format to encourage working professionals to engage with this program.

Convenient. Clinical education courses are held at clinical radiation oncology centers and hybrid courses are held once per semester (3 visits total) at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids.

JRCERT Accreditation Notes

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.  

Students have the right to notify the JRCERT if they believe the university is not adhering to these standards. The JRCERT is at 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, phone 312-704-5300 (www.jrcert.org).


Courses Offered

The Masters of Science in Medical Dosimetry program is 37 credits. 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 to be eligible 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

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


Admissions

Masters of Science in Medical Dosimetry application deadline is February 1st, though applications may be accepted after this date. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog to view admission requirements for this program.

View the Admissions Requirements for Medical Dosimetry


Cost

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.


Medical Dosimetry Program Outcomes

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Five Year Average

Program Completion Rates

12/12 = 100%

10/10 = 100%

14/14 = 100%

     

MDCB Pass Rates

9/11 = 82%

8/11 = 73%

12/12 = 100%

     

Job Placement Rates

11/12 = 92%

9/9 = 100%

13/13 = 100%

     

** GVSU Dosimetry Program started in August 2015 with the first cohort graduating August 2016. This data will be updated annually after graduation dates. No five year averages available yet**

· Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of graduates who pass, on first attempt, the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) certification examination or an unrestricted state licensing examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within twelve months of graduation.

· Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in medical dosimetry compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in medical dosimetry. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

· Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length. The program must establish a benchmark for its program completion rate. The program specifies the entry point (e.g., required orientation date, final drop/add date, final date to drop with 100% tuition refund, official class roster date, etc.) used in calculating program’s completion rate.


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