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Medical Dosimetry Graduate Certificate

IU School of Medicine and the IU Graduate School offer a 12-month JRCERT-accredited graduate certificate in medical dosimetry. This Medical Dosimetry Graduate Certificate Program provides a program of excellence in medical dosimetry that prepares qualified medical dosimetrists through a wide range of academic and clinical experiences using state-of-the-art techniques for photon, electron and proton beam therapy. The program is designed to improve the care of the public and to provide quality resources to the profession and the community.

Curriculum

The Medical Dosimetry Graduate Certificate Program at IU School of Medicine covers virtual simulation; contouring according to standard published atlases; 3D treatment planning, photons and electrons; IMRT treatment planning; SBRT treatment planning; VMAT treatment planning; brachytherapy planning; treatment planning challenges; research; and physics-related quality assurance in radiation therapy.

The curriculum includes 29 graduate credit hours of which 18 credit hours are clinical practicum. Evening and weekend clinical hours are not routinely scheduled. If circumstances require evening and weekend hours, they may be scheduled with the site clinical preceptor and the program clinical coordinator.

This program is offered on site only. Clinical rotations are performed only through clinical affiliates of the program. Although enrollment in the program does not preclude the student from otherwise being employed, the program requires full-time, on-site attendance. Online classes are not offered at this time.

Clinical Facilities

Rotations at clinical sites are required within the State of Indiana, including the cities of Indianapolis, Bloomington and Lafayette. Medical Dosimetry students have the opportunity to perform clinical training at IU Health Simon Cancer Center (Indianapolis), IU Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis), IU Health Central Indiana Cancer Centers (Indianapolis), IU Health West (Avon), and IU Health Bloomington Cancer Centers (Bloomington).

Program Effectiveness Data

Effectiveness data for the IU Medical Dosimetry Graduate Certificate Program is also available through the accrediting organization, JRCERT.

Program Effectiveness Data
2011-2016
YearNumber enrolledNumber graduatedAnnual completion rateNumber passing MDCB exam on first attemptJob placement rate
201133100%100%100%
201233100%100%100%
201333100%100%100%
201433100%100%100%
201544100%100%100%
20165480%100%100%
5-year average3.23.296%100%100%

Program Faculty

All instructors must be board certified in medical physics or medical dosimetry.

Colleen M. DesRosiers, MS,  PhD

Colleen M. DesRosiers, MS, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology
Marvene M. Ewing,

Marvene M. Ewing,

Volunteer Clinical Lecturer in Radiation Oncology
Jian-Yue Jin, PhD

Jian-Yue Jin, PhD

Professor of Radiation Oncology

Admissions

All IU School of Medicine graduate program applications must be processed through the Graduate Division Office. Interested applicants can refer to the Graduate Division Guidelines page for important requirement information.

Although applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications on or before December 1 of the year prior to the intended enrollment year as spaces fill quickly. Applications are not accepted past May 1 of the enrollment year. Interested applicants can apply to this program through the IUPUI Graduate School.

Academic Program: IU Graduate School
Major: Medical Dosimetry Grad Certificate
Deadline for Application Submission: May 1

All applicants to this program must have either a completed a JRCERT-accredited or equivalent Radiation Therapy program. A GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale must have been maintained in the program, or the applicant will have graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Graduate Program. Applicants must hold ARRT certification in radiotherapy technology (RT(T)), unless they are graduates of a CAMPEP accredited Medical Physics Program. Undergraduate prerequisite courses (or equivalent) include college Algebra and Trigonometry and/or Pre-calculus, cross-sectional Anatomy, Radiation and Cancer Biology, and basic computer technology.

Dosimetry Program Goals

Each student in the Medical Dosimetry Graduate Certificate Program is trained to be a competent entry-level medical dosimetrist.

Learning Outcome 1: The student will be able to design treatment plans for “textbook” disease cases encountered in radiation therapy.
Learning Outcome 2: The student will be able to assist with and identify setup issues impacting treatment planning
Learning Outcome 3: The student will be able to contour anatomic structures on various standard-imaging modalities.
Learning Outcome 4: The student will be able to interpret and apply clinical protocols as they pertain to treatment planning

Learning Outcome1: The student will be able to customize treatment plans to address patient-specific conditions which disallow standard treatment.
Learning Outcome 2: The student will be able to evaluate treatment plans for adequacy and optimize if necessary.
Learning Outcome 3: The student will be able to identify errors in simulation, which directly impact treatment planning.

Learning Outcome 1: The student will demonstrate work ethic.
Learning Outcome 2: The student will summarize the value of life-long learning.

Learning Outcome 1: The student will demonstrate oral communication skills.
Learning Outcome 2: The student will demonstrate written communication skills.