What is Medical Dosimetry

A Medical Dosimetrist is actively engaged in radiation therapy treatment planning, dose calculation, and physician consultation. A dosimetrist needs to be an excellent problem solver who can 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. The dosimetrist works very closely with radiation oncologists, medical physicists and radiation therapists to provide patients with the best treatment possible.

According to the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD), a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD) can pursue a career in the following areas:

  • Clinical Service and Consultation
  • Research
  • Academic and/or Clinical Instruction
  • Locum Tenens
  • Vendor Applications/ Technical Support
  • Administration

John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences offers three program paths into the world of Medical Dosimetry: AS to BS in Medical Dosimetry, a 61 credit hour, two year program; AS to MS in Medical Dosimetry, a three year, 65 credit hour program; and a BS to MS in Medical Dosimetry, two years, 45 credit hours.

Mission Statement

The Master of Medical Dosimetry program is designed to create confident, patient focused, and clinically proficient medical dosimetrists, who can offer support to the radiation therapy team and make a positive contribution to the healthcare field.

Goal: Students will be clinically proficient.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will develop treatment plans that provide adequate target coverage while sparing normal and critical tissues.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assist underclassmen in plan development and evaluation.
  • Students will take an active role in their clinical rotations.

Goal: Students will demonstrate professional planning practices.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of common toxicities by body site.
  • Students will demonstrate a clear understanding of the effects of radiation on the human body.
  • Students will evaluate plan parameters to ensure optimal patient care.

Goal: Students will develop effective communication and leadership skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communications through oral examinations and presentations.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communications through essays and research papers.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of radiation oncology department management.

Goal: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the Radiation Therapist, Medical Dosimetrist, and Medical Physicist
Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students will gain experience and knowledge through clinical interaction and discussions.

Goal: Students will be team oriented and exemplify professionalism.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work and communicate in a group setting.
  • Students will model professional and courteous behavior with faculty, staff, and peers.

Goal: Students will exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will discuss and evaluate complex case studies related to the field.
  • Students will practice quality assurance by detecting and correcting plan errors.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of multiple treatment planning calculation algorithms and demonstrate proper application.

John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences’ MS in Medical Dosimetry and BS in Medical Dosimetry programs have been awarded an initial accreditation of 2 years, by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). All students are encouraged to review the JRCERT Standards for an accredited educational program in Medical Dosimetry: jrcert.org/programs-faculty/jrcert-standards/

Any student who wishes to pursue allegations of non-compliance with JRCERT Standards may do so by following the JRCERT Reporting Process. Before submitting an allegation, the individual must first attempt to resolve the complaint directly with JPU by following JPU’s Grievance Policy and Procedure. The Grievance Policy and Procedure is provided in the Academic Catalog.

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* Note: In order to obtain certification, all potential dosimetrists must sit for the MDCB examination. More information can be found at http://www.mdcb.org/