Courses for Medical Dosimetry, M.S.

PREREQUISITES- FALL 2021 APPLICANTS

These courses at GVSU or their equivalents at another college or university, OR a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy with comparable coursework, are prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Program.

The following courses or their equivalents must be completed, with a minimum grade of C, prior to admission:

  • BMS 250 Anatomy & Physiology I Credits: 4
  • BMS 251 Anatomy & Physiology II Credits: 4
  • PHY 220 General Physics I with Lab Credits: 5
  • PHY 221 General Physics II with Lab Credits: 5
  • RIT 302 Radiation Protection Physics Credits: 2
  • RIT 322 Radiation Biology Credits: 2
  • RIT 330 Radiation Therapy Principles & Practices I Credits: 4
  • RIT 331 Radiation Therapy Principles and Practices I Laboratory Credits: 1
  • RIT 332 Radiation Therapy Principles and Practices II Credits: 3
  • RIT 333 Radiation Therapy Principles and Practices II Laboratory Credits: 1
  • RIT 420 Radiation Therapy Physics I Credits: 2
  • RIT 441 Gross Human Sectional Anatomy Credits: 4
  • RIT 458 Neoplasms Credits: 3
  • RIT 470 Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning Credits: 2
  • RIT 471 Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning Lab Credits: 1
  • RIT 472 Introduction to Medical Dosimetry Credits: 2
  • RIT 473 Introduction to Medical Dosimetry Lab Credits: 1

M.S. in Medical Dosimetry Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2021 (pending JRCERT approval)

12-Month Sample Schedule: Beginning Fall 2021

Fall

Winter

Spring/Summer

STA 610 Applied Statistics for Health Professions (3)

RMD 630 Medical Dosimetry I (3)

RMD 632 Medical Dosimetry II (3)

RMD 620 Dosimetry Treatment Planning I (3)

RMD 622 Dosimetry Treatment Planning II (3)

RMD 670 Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry (3)

RMD 621 Dosimetry Treatment Planning I Lab (1)

RMD 623 Dosimetry Treatment Planning II Lab (1)

RMD 663 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education III (4)

RMD 661 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education I (4)

RMD 662 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education II (4)

RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (1-3)

RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (1-3)

RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (1-3)

 

Total: 13 credits

Total: 13 credits

Total: 12 credits

*RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project and RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis may be taken at variable credit per semester of one to three credits for a required total of six credits. RMD 696 Continuation of Master's Project or Thesis Research enrollment may be required if the student does not successfully complete RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis course.

Course Descriptions - Beginning Fall 2021

STA 610 - Applied Statistics for Health Professions

Project-oriented overview of major statistical techniques commonly used in problems encountered in health professions. Students will learn to use a major statistical computing package. Hypothesis testing, t-tests, regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, categorical data analysis, and nonparametric statistics.

RMD 620 – Dosimetry Treatment Planning I

Examines the pathophysiology and oncology management of gastrointestinal, breast, brain, head and neck, and metastatic cancer. The content will include relevant anatomy, dosimetry treatment planning techniques and dose limitations.

RMD 621 – Dosimetry Treatment Planning I Lab

This is the concurrent laboratory course for RMD 620 - Dosimetry Treatment Planning I. In this course, students will learn and apply treatment planning techniques for gastrointestinal, breast, brain, head and neck, and metastatic cancer.

RMD 661 - Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education I

Clinical education experience in medical dosimetry in a university affiliated clinical education center is the focus of the course. The student will concentrate on beginning level application of core competencies in medical dosimetry practice.

RMD 693 - Medical Dosimetry Research Project

Students work individually with faculty mentors on research activities, scholarly writing, and presentation skills to complete all steps of their research project. Training modules in research topics guide the student during their project. This course must be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

RMD 695 - Medical Dosimetry Thesis

Students work individually with faculty mentors on a thesis and defense. Training modules in research topics guide the student during their thesis. Students are required to remain continuously enrolled in RMD 695 once the thesis is started, until the end of the semester of graduation, for minimum of 6 credits.

RMD 630 - Medical Dosimetry I

This course will cover the principles governing production of radiation, radiation protection, interaction of radiation with matter, radiation dose distribution (photon and electron), and external beam dose calculations.

RMD 622 – Dosimetry Treatment Planning II

Examines the pathophysiology and oncology management of genitourinary, thoracic, gynecological, skin, and miscellaneous cancer. The content will include relevant anatomy, dosimetry treatment planning techniques and dose limitations.

RMD 623 – Dosimetry Treatment Planning II Lab

This is the concurrent laboratory course for RMD 622 - Dosimetry Treatment Planning II. In this course, students will learn and apply treatment planning techniques for genitourinary, thoracic, gynecological, skin, and miscellaneous cancers.

RMD 662 - Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education II

Clinical education experience in medical dosimetry in a university affiliated clinical education center is the focus of the course. The student will concentrate on refining medical dosimetry clinical reasoning and treatment planning skills in collaboration with health care team members.

RMD 632 - Medical Dosimetry II

This course will cover the radiation principles and advanced details of quality assurance, 3D conformal radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, proton treatments, brachytherapy procedures and advanced techniques of intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and stereotactic body radiation therapy treatment planning.

RMD 663 - Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education III 

Clinical education experience in medical dosimetry in a university affiliated clinical education center is the focus of the course. The student will concentrate on advanced level skills and transitioning into medical dosimetry practice as a member of the profession.

RMD 670 - Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry

Investigation of healthcare ethics, professional conduct, and psychologic aspects in oncology. Students also explore electronic medical records and charting, computer networking, treatment error corrections, quality improvement, advanced emerging technologies and legal issues. Preparation for the Medical Dosimetry Certification exam is conducted.

RMD 696 - Continuation of Master's Project or Thesis Research

Continuation of work related to the master's project or thesis phase of the graduate student's program. Registration is required after all respective project or thesis credits are completed and the project or thesis is not completed. Work will be performed under the supervision of the project advisor or thesis committee chair. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: Completion of all required project or thesis credits and completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research Training within last three years.


Prerequisites- Fall 2020 Applicants

These courses at GVSU or their equivalents at another college or university, OR a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy with comparable coursework, are prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry Program.

Course Number, Course Title, Credits

  • BMS 250 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BMS 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • MTH 122 College Algebra (Note: prerequisite for PHY 220) (3)
  • MTH 123 Trigonometry (Note: prerequisite for PHY 220) (3)
  • MTH 201 Calculus I (recommended) (5)
  • PHY 220 General Physics I with Lab (5)
  • PHY 221 General Physics II with Lab (5)
  • RIS 401 Computer Applications (3)  (equivalent course is RIT 401 Radiologic Information Technology)
  • RIT 302 Radiation Protection Physics (2)
  • RIS 320 Principles of Radiographic Imaging (3) (equivalent course is RIT 424 Image Guided Principles of Radiation Therapy (4))
  • RIT 322 Radiation Biology (2)
  • RIS 441 Sectional Anatomy (4)  (equivalent course is RIT 441 Gross Human Sectional Anatomy)
  • RIS 458 Neoplastic Pathophysiology (3)  (equivalent course is RIT 458 Neoplasms)
  • RIT 330 Principles & Practices of Radiation Therapy I (4)
  • RIT 331 Principles & Practices in Radiation Therapy Lab (1)

 

12-month Sample Schedule: 2020-2021

Fall

Winter

Spring/Summer

Clinical

*STA 610 Applied Statistics for Health Professions (3) (offered online or hybrid)

*RMD 630 Medical Dosimetry I (3) 

*RMD 631 Medical Dosimetry I Lab (1)

*RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or *RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (2-6)

RMD 661 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education I (3) (42 days)

*RMD 632 Medical Dosimetry II (3)

*RMD 633 Medical Dosimetry II Lab (1)

*PH 510 Public Health Epidemiology (3)

*RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or *RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (2-6)

RMD 662 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education II (4) (56 days)

*RMD 670 Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry (3)

*PH 525 Quantitative Research in Public Health (3)

*RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project or *RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis (2-6)

RMD 663 Medical Dosimetry Clinical III (4) (48 days)

1,168 contact hrs (146 days)

Learn more about the Clinical Requirements.

Total: 12 credits

Total: 13 credits

Total: 12 credits

 

M.S. in Medical Dosimetry Curriculum: 2020-2021

Course Descriptions: 2020-2021

PH 510 – Public Health Epidemiology

Basic concepts of epidemiology including measurement of disease occurrence and intervention strategies within a public health/community context. This course will introduce students to study designs commonly utilized in public health as well as their application to evaluation and policy.

PH 525 – Quantitative Research Methods in Public Health

Focuses on data collection and management, study design, selection of study subjects, evaluation of bias, confounding, interaction for randomized trials, prospective and retrospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.

STA 610 – Applied Statistics for Healthcare Professionals

Project-oriented overview of major statistical techniques commonly used in problems encountered in health professions. Students will learn to use a major statistical computing package. Hypothesis testing, t-tests, regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, categorical data analysis, nonparametric statistics.

RMD 630-Medical Dosimetry I

Orientation and explanation of computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the head and neck, thoracic, and abdominal regions. Introduction to radiation physics and clinical quality assurance are included.

RMD 631-Medical Dosimetry Lab I

Laboratory practice in the orientation and initial use of common computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the head and neck, thoracic, and abdomen regions.

RMD 661 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education I

Clinical experience in medical dosimetry in a university affiliated clinical education center is the focus of the course. The student will focus on treatment planning of neoplasms in the head and neck, thorax, and abdomen anatomic areas.

RMD 632 Medical Dosimetry II

Explanation and discussion of advanced details of computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the pelvis and extremities, including brachytherapy, and other procedures (e.g., palliative, electron beam, fusion).  Advanced topics in radiation physics, medical physics, and quality assurance are included.

RMD 633 Medical Dosimetry II Lab

Advanced laboratory practice in the orientation and clinical use of common computerized treatment planning systems, including the procedures required to develop radiation treatment plans for a diverse range of neoplasms in the pelvis, extremities, brachytherapy, and other (e.g., palliative, electron beam, fusion) regions.

RMD 662 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education II

Clinical experiences will be achieved in treatment planning, image fusion, verification calculation, and plan presentation of pelvis, extremities, brachytherapy, and palliative clinical medical dosimetry procedures in a university affiliated clinical education center.

RMD 670 Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry

Investigation of the psychosocial aspects of oncologic patient care, including thanatology and bereavement, body image and emotions in illness and treatment. Students also explore electronic medical records and charting, treatment error corrections, and legal and ethical issues. Advanced quality assurance and quality improvement topics are included. Discussion and review of dosimetry credentialing mechanisms is also addressed.

RMD 663 Medical Dosimetry Clinical Education III

This course enables the student to gain advanced clinical experience in medical dosimetry in a university affiliated clinical education center. The student will focus on advanced treatment planning, image fusion, verification calculation, and plan presentation of electron beam, fusion, HDR, and stereotactic delivery clinical medical dosimetry procedures.

RMD 693 Medical Dosimetry Research Project

Guided research project development in medical dosimetry. This course must be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis

Guided research thesis development and completion in medical dosimetry for students who desire a traditional graduate thesis experience. This course must be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Students must register for either RMD 693 or RMD 695 throughout continuous enrollment in the medical dosimetry program.

RMD 696 Medical Dosimetry Thesis Continuous Enrollment

A continuation of RMD 695 Medical Dosimetry Thesis designed to allow students to complete their guided research thesis in medical dosimetry. This course is designed for students who desire a traditional thesis research experience. This course requires a recommendation by the student's faculty mentor and/or review committee.