The curriculum will facilitate both theoretical and practical learning opportunities using the latest radiation therapy and diagnostic radiology equipment. This facility utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to deliver the best possible care to our patients. Students will have the opportunity to train and learn in a clinical environment, enabling them to pursue a variety of careers after graduation.  

Didactic training will include in the following core subject areas: 

Radiation Therapy Physics  Radiological Physics  
Physics of Medical Imaging
Radiation Biology for Physicists 
Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Health Physics 
Professionalism and Ethics

Candidates will be required to perform adequately in the above core courses. These courses are the 7 required courses designated by the American Board of Radiology in order to be eligible to become ABR Board Certified in Medical Physics. One of the principle goals of this program is that it serves as a foundation for the Medical Physics Career Path and produces graduates that are competitive candidates for CAMPEP-Accredited Medical Physics Residencies. 

Elective Courses

Elective courses are available to facilitate higher learning within the possible career tracks that would be pursued by Medical Physics Candidates. These courses will offer a diverse number of learning opportunities that will suit the individual interests of students enrolled in the program. Elective course categories include computer science, nuclear physics, clinical physics, and other advanced topics. Research Opportunities and Activities in Medical Physics will be offered to and required of all students. Students will be expected to produce a Masters level thesis as a requirement for graduation. This work will advance the knowledge and technical abilities of each student, better positioning them for career advancement after graduation. All research activities will be supervised and guided by a faculty member within the program. Hands-on training in an active clinical environment will be a required activity for all students. Work will include assisting with equipment and patient specific Quality Assurance Practices, assisting as needed with the commissioning of new technology in the clinic, and observation of standard and special treatment procedures. 

Research Areas

Potential medical physics research areas include applications of multi-modality oncology imaging in radiation treatment, physical and biophysical modeling, radiation treatment optimization, small-field dose calculations, Monte Carlo modelling of clinical radiation modalities, scatter analysis of cone-beam CT for image guided radiation treatment, biological effects of low-dose CT imaging, small animal radiation studies, and biophysical aspects of radiation countermeasures. Flexibility is allowed for experimental and theoretical dissertation topics based on student interests and designated research funding, decided in discussion with the student’s advisor and thesis committee. 

Students in our program have access to the Proteomics/Metobolomics/Lipodynamics Center and will have conference attendance supported in cases where they present their original research. In addition, an institutional membership in the Radiation Research Society is available to all students, and the program provides an AAPM student membership to all enrolled students. 

The Graduate School Bulletin includes further information about courses and degree requirements.