Medical Physics

The Doctorate of Medical Physics (D.M.P.) program aims to enhance and standardize clinical training for medical physicists. Whereas the medical physics Ph.D. program offered at the Health Science Center prepares the students for a research career in medical physics, the D.M.P. is a professional degree that prepares the students for a clinical career in either imaging or therapeutic medical physics. This four year degree program is similar in structure to other professional degrees, such as the M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., in that it combines a didactic and clinical training curriculum throughout the four years of studies. A student is admitted to either the imaging or the therapy track and must remain in that track for the duration of their studies.

This is an interdisciplinary program that is housed in the Graduate School and is administered through the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, with faculty from both departments contributing to the didactic and clinical training.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).

Admissions Requirements

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test and a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 are required.  Three letters of recommendation are required. During the application process, essays stating the reasons for your interest in medical physics, description of professional goals and an outline of your undergraduate, industrial or summer research, teaching experience and clinical experience are required.

A Baccalaureate degree in a natural science or engineering discipline is required.  A degree in any other field must include sufficient science and mathematics courses to give the applicant the equivalent of a degree in natural science or engineering.  Applicants must have undergraduate credit for the following courses:  1) Biology: One semester of general biology; 2) Chemistry: One semester of general chemistry; 3) One semester of Human Anatomy OR Physiology; 4) Physics: Include at a minimum Modern Physics, Modern Physics Lab, Electricity & Magnetism, Classical Mechanics, and Quantum Mechanics; 5) Mathematics: Through calculus and ordinary differential equations; 6) Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Science (one semester). Admission process includes review of academic history as well as experience and goals of the applicant. Telephone and on-campus interviews are conducted for qualified applicants that are selected by the Admissions Committee.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 100 credit hours (48 of which are clinical rotations) and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 are required for the D.M.P. degree.  The student is required to demonstrate intellectual command of the subject area and proficiency in all aspects of their chosen clinical specialization. A Core Knowledge Exam is offered at the end of the first year of studies that has to be passed for the student to remain in the program.

D.M.P. - Therapy Track

First Year
FallCredit Hours
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
RADI 6030Physics Of Radiotherapy 3
RADI 5005Fundamentals Of Radiation Dosimetry 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 2
RADI 6049Intro To Magnetic Resonance 2
Spring
RADI 6033Advanced Radiotherapy Physics 3
RADI 5020Principles of Health Physics 1 3
RADI 6012Phys Nuclear Medi Imaging 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 1
RADI 6016Physics of Diagnostic Imaging 2 3
Second Year
Fall
RADI 5025Molecular Oncology & Radiobiology 3
RADI 6031Physics Measurements In Radiotherapy I 3
RADI 7005Treatment Planning Techniques In Radiation Therapy 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 3
Spring
RADI 7006Treatment Planning Techniques in Radiotherapy 2 3
RADI 6035Physics Measurements In Radiotherapy 2 3
RADI 6024Radiological Anatomy & Physiology 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 1
RADI 5007Statistics in the Radiological Sciences 2
Third Year
Fall
RADI 6025Therapy Clinical Rotation 1 12
Spring
RADI 6026Clinical Therapy Rotation 2 12
Fourth Year
Fall
RADI 6032Therapy Clinical Rotation 3 12
RADI 6097Research (Capstone Project) 1
Spring
RADI 6034Therapy Clinical Rotation 4 12
RADI 6097Research (Capstone Project) 1
 Total Credit Hours: 100.0

D.M.P. - Imaging Track

First Year
FallCredit Hours
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
RADI 6030Physics Of Radiotherapy 3
RADI 5005Fundamentals Of Radiation Dosimetry 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 2
RADI 6049Intro To Magnetic Resonance 2
Spring
RADI 6033Advanced Radiotherapy Physics 3
RADI 5020Principles of Health Physics 1 3
RADI 6012Phys Nuclear Medi Imaging 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 1
RADI 6016Physics of Diagnostic Imaging 2 3
Second Year
Fall
RADI 5025Molecular Oncology & Radiobiology 3
RADI 6038Methods in Dosimetry & Shielding Design 3
RADI 6051Statistical Parametric Mapping 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 3
Spring
RADI 6015Physics Measurements in Imaging 2 3
RADI 6050Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2
RADI 6024Radiological Anatomy & Physiology 3
RADI 6023Introduction To Clinical Medical Physics Practice 3
RADI 5007Statistics in the Radiological Sciences 2
Third Year
Fall
RADI 6027Imaging Physics Clinical Rotation 1 12
Spring
RADI 6039Imaging Physics Clinical Rotation 2 12
Fourth Year
Fall
RADI 6040Imag Physics Clin Rotation 3 12
RADI 6097Research 1
Spring
RADI 6043Imaging Physics Clinical Rotation 4 12
RADI 6097Research 1
 Total Credit Hours: 101.0

Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. Proficiency in core biomedical and radiological science principles
  2. Critically review and interpret literature on clinical research in your chosen study discipline
  3. Conduct clinical research in an ethical manner
  4. Demonstrate competence in written communication
  5. Demonstrate competence in verbal communication
  6. Demonstrate competence as a clinician in your chosen study discipline