School of Physics and Radiological Sciences
A letter from our President
The leaders of John Patrick University developed the School of Physics and Radiological Sciences because they recognized the need for both the Physics and Radiological Sciences programs both nationally and internationally. These programs are very clinically oriented and provide the student with the tools to ensure they are clinically and academically sound. These fields have experienced a large increase in technology available at a time when the technical knowledge base has decreased. This has created a void in these professions. These professions offer promising futures for the graduates and, more importantly, have an impact in saving people’s lives. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome all questions. Let’s make a difference.
Brent D. Murphy, MS, DABR
Medical Physicists ensure that all radiation equipment is safe for patient use. As a result, The clinical Medical Physicist is a must need for Radiation Therapy Centers and large Imaging Departments.
The Medical Dosimetrist is actively engaged in patient imaging, simulation, and treatment planning. As a result, Treatment Planning in Radiation Therapy requires an individual that is creative, diligent, and passionate about making a difference.
The Medical Health Physicist is responsible for all radiation safety aspects. This is necessary to ensure the safe use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation sources. For instance, some examples include sources in radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, biomedical research, and lasers used in all areas of the hospital.
The Health Physicist is responsible for the radiation safety aspects of industrial, nuclear, or regulatory agencies. Therefore, Health Physicists can have careers spanning from health physicists in environmental protection agencies, to regulators for hazardous waste handling, to radiation safety officers in nuclear reactors.
A Medical Dosimetrist is actively engaged in radiation therapy treatment planning, dose calculation, and physician consultation. Therefore, a Dosimetrist needs to be an excellent problem solver. In addition, they must think critically about a multi-faceted plan that delivers maximum dose to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue from the potentially lethal effects of radiation.
Radiation Therapy Professionals are responsible for caring for the patient while using advanced technology to deliver cancer killing treatment. In addition, the radiation therapist works very closely with Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Medical Dosimetrists, and Oncology Nurses to provide the patient with the best care possible.
This Radiologic Technology program is structured to provide students with the basic concepts and competencies to work as a Radiologic Technologist in the healthcare environment. This is accomplished through didactic education in patient care, radiographic procedures, medical ethics and law, radiation biology, as well as radiation safety and protection.
The Proton Radiation Therapist is a member of the healthcare team which includes Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Medical Dosimetrists, Therapists, Imaging Specialists, and Nurses. Proton Radiation Therapists are skilled in patient care, human anatomy, disease and pathology, radiation physics, and clinical decision making. You must hold a credential from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiation Therapy.