Medical Physics

Medical Physics is an applied science combining the fields of physics, bioengineering, and electronics. A Medical Physicist is responsible for monitoring and maintaining machines capable of delivering lethal doses of radiation in minutes. A Medical Physicists needs to be an active and creative problem solver, capable of evaluating situations and taking/ interpreting measurements accurately and efficiently. They are a primary consult for healthcare administrators, radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, radiologists 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 subfield 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

Radiological Technologies University offers two unique pathways into the world of Medical Physics: The first, the MS in Medical Physics, is a 49 Credit hour, two year program. The second is a Dual Degree in Nanomedicine and Medical Physics, excellent for bioengineering and biotechnology majors. This program is designed to bring the emerging field of Nanomedicine and Medical Physics close together. It is a three year, 64 credit hour program.

* Note: In order to obtain certification, all potential physicists must sit for the 3 part ABR examination. More information can be found http://www.theabr.com

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