Master of Science Medical Physics

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Master of Science in Medical Physics

Medical Physics is an applied science combining the fields of physics, bio-engineering, and electronics. A Medical Physicist is responsible for monitoring and maintaining machines capable of delivering lethal doses of radiation in minutes. The Medical Physicist works closely with Radiation Oncologists, Radiologists, Medical Dosimetrists, Radiation Therapists, X-ray Technicians, Nurses, and Regulators. A Medical Physicist needs to be an active and creative problem solver, capable of evaluating situations and taking/interpreting measurements accurately and efficiently. They are a primary consultant for healthcare administrators, radiologist, and other physicians.

There are four avenues of specialty for a Medical Physicist: Radiation Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medical Physics, and Medical Health Physics. Each sub-field has its own certification exam as each presents different challenges and focuses on different goals.

A Medical Physicist can pursue a career in the following areas:
  • Clinical Service and Consultation
  • Academic Research and Instruction
  • Industrial Research and Development
  • Vendor Applications/ Technical Support
  • Administration
Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Broad, fundamental technical knowledge of medical physics
  • Broad, fundamental technical knowledge of radiation safety
  • Written and verbal communication on medical physics issues
  • Professional judgement and capacity to think critically in a clinical setting
  • Practical experience in problem solving and emergencies in the radiological disciplines
  • Ability to work independently or in a group
These student learning outcomes directly align with the program goals/objectives:
  • Students will demonstrate clinical skills needed to serve as an entry level medical physicist or
  • resident
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of foundational knowledge for certification of medical physics if so desired to pursue
  • The program will meet the needs of its students to prepare the students for furthering education,
  • teaching opportunities, research in the field, and serving clinically
Evening courses, weekend courses, and remote learning processes will be offered to allow the working
professionals the opportunity to succeed in furthering their professional development.