About Medical Dosimetry, M.S.

What is Medical Dosimetry?

According to the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) at www.medicaldosimetry.org, the Medical Dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment, is cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy and has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist.

The Medical Dosimetrist performs calculations for the accurate delivery of the Radiation Oncologist's prescribed dose, documents pertinent information in the patient record, and verifies the mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established by the Medical Physicist. We perform, or assist in, the application of specific methods of radiation measurement including ion chamber, thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD), or film measurement as directed by the Medical Physicist. Another area that we may contribute to is giving technical and physics support to the Medical Physicist; this support could be in radiation protection, qualitative machine calibrations, and quality assurance of the radiation oncology equipment. Also, we often take on the role of educator in facilities that have radiation oncology residents, radiation therapy students or medical dosimetry students.

Mission, Goals and Outcomes


The program’s mission is to provide graduates with the knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviors for a career in Medical Dosimetry.   


Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  1. Integrate didactic knowledge into competency-based clinical practice.
  2. Apply skills that follow high standards of the profession.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  4. Communicate effectively in more than one format.
  5. Participate in scholarly endeavors 
  6. Demonstrate a lifelong commitment to professional growth.


Read our program outcomes.

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