Clinical Requirements for Medical Dosimetry, M.S.

Clinical Sites

Clinical sites are provided for admitted students. A prospective student can propose a new clinical site by contacting the program director. The process can be lengthy, therefore students should contact the director well in advance of the application deadline.

A list of GVSU's clinical sites can be found on the JRCERT website. Please note not all clinical sites are available each year.

Students may request clinical sites based on their geographical location, but the ultimate decision for clinical placement will be nondiscriminatory and at the discretion of the Program Director and Educational Coordinator. At the time applicants are accepted into the program, their clinical site is listed on their offer letter.

Clinical Experience

The GVSU M.S. in Medical Dosimetry will operate with traditional face-to-face clinical education courses that will total 1,168 contact hours in an operating clinical environment. All didactic courses will operate in a hybrid format (i.e., one in seat meeting per semester and live video conferencing). Lab courses will require students to obtain access to the university's medical dosimetry computerized treatment planning system lab from their home and/or clinical site. 

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 - 12 weeks x 4 days per week x 8 hrs per day =  384 clinical contact hours (48 days)
  • Aug - Dec - additional available time for students who have not completed all mandatory competencies or who require clinical support for theses/projects
  • Total = 1168 clinical contact hours (146 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.

Clinical Schedule

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.).