Clinical Requirements for Medical Dosimetry, M.S.
The GVSU M.S. in Medical Dosimetry will operate with traditional face-to-face clinical education courses that will total 1, 232 contact hours in an operating clinical environment. Other courses will operate in a hybrid format (i.e., one to two in face meetings per semester and live video conferencing). Lab courses will require students to obtain access to university medical dosimetry computerized treatment planning systems lab from their home and/or clinical site. We believe students should be well orientated to procedures prior to beginning clinical courses with patients so this schedule requires radiation physics, radiation therapy procedures, and radiation biology be passed with grades no lower than B- prior to enrolling in a clinical education course. This allows students to bring significant knowledge to their first day in clinic.
Students will experience clinical education that assures a diverse range of cases while working with a variety of qualified dosimetrists, physicists, physicians, and administrative and support staff.
All students enrolled in these graduate courses will be mature students expected to exhibit professional behaviors consistent with the practice of medical dosimetry. The current clinical education plan is tentatively set as follows:
- Aug - Dec -14 weeks x 3 days per week x 8 hrs per day = 336 clinical contact hours (42 days)
- Jan - April - 14 weeks x 4 days per week x 8 hrs per day = 448 clinical contact hours (56 days)
- May - Aug - 14 weeks x 4 days per week x 8 hrs per day = 448 clinical contact hours (56 days)
- Aug - Dec - additional available time for students who have not completed all mandatory competencies or who require clinical support for theses/projects
- Total = 1232 clinical contact hours (154 days or ~7.5 months of full time experience)
Additional clinical education may be required if all mandatory competencies are not achieved in these three courses. This determination will be made by the university program educational coordinator in conjunction with the clinical education site clinical instructor. Indications have been positive for a minimum mandatory clinical schedule with options for extension if adequate competence is not achieved.
Students will be required to negotiate a written schedule of the exact days that are acceptable to the clinical site. This document must be signed by the clinical instructor at the clinical education site and must total the correct number of scheduled clinical contact hours for the specific course before students may enroll in the course. Any changes must be approved by both clinical instructor and student and submitted to the university program director prior to their occurrence. The 3-4 day per week schedules allow both students and clinical sites time for additional activities (i.e., clinical site downtime, student attendance at professional meetings, etc.).