Suffolk University and its clinical affiliates offer a post-bachelor's certificate in Medical Dosimetry for candidates who hold a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
Medical dosimetrists are the "architects" of radiation therapy. As integral members of the radiation oncology team, dosimetrists create computerized treatment plans and perform dose calculations for patients undergoing radiation therapy. The treatment plans are designed to deliver a curative dose as prescribed by the radiation oncologist, while limiting exposure to nearby healthy organs.
The 21-month program consists of a combination of classroom work and clinical hands-on experience through clinical rotation at our affiliates. All clinical rotations are completed under the supervision of board certified medical dosimetrists and medical physicists and include such advanced treatment techniques as proton therapy and RapidArc. Our clinical affiliates include Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MGH North Shore, MGH Newton Wellesley.
The Suffolk Medical Dosimetry Program is accredited by:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be eligible to sit for the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) exam. For additional information about medical dosimetry in general and the certification exam, please see the following websites:
American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
All candidates seeking admission into the Medical Dosimetry Certificate program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition, completion of the following courses with a grade of "B" or better is required:
- Calculus I and II
- Major's level Biology with lab or General Chemistry I, II and labs
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs
- Calculus-based Physics I and II with labs
Graduates of the program may seek employment immediately following graduation and will be eligible for the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board exam.
Program Effectiveness Data
Current 2-Year Average Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (1st Attempt) (%)
Current 5-Year Average Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (1st Attempt) (%)•5-Year data will be available 1 year following the Class of 2017 date of matriculation
Current 2-Year Average Job Placement Rate (1st Attempt) (%)
5-Year Average Job Placement Rate (%)
• 5-Year data will be available 1 year following the Class of 2017 date of matriculation
Current Program Completion Rate (2014) (%)
• 60% (of 5 students)This data can also be found on the JRCERT website.
Academic Credit Transfer PolicyCertified Radiation Therapist Applicants
Therapists who wish to receive transfer credits toward a certificate program in Medical Dosimetry must demonstrate ARRT or equivalent certification and meet the following criteria:
- Suffolk Alumni May transfer a maximum of 30 credits into the Medical Dosimetry curriculum based on previous coursework achieved.
- Courses with a grade of “B” or better will be eligible for transfer credit.
- Transfers will not be accepted for coursework completed more than 5 years before the academic year applied for (i.e. For Fall 2014- coursework will only be accepted for transfer if taken after 2009)
- For completion of the certificate, students must complete their 62 credits within a 2 year period, from commencement.
- Approved electives may be taken to complete the required credits if a “B” or better is achieved for all coursework. The courses may be chosen from a predetermined list of Health care, Math or Physics related courses. (Certificate Electives List)
- Transfer Credit will not be accepted for PHYS 415 (Dosimetry I) and PHYS L415 (Dosimetry I Lab).
- Students must have graduated from a regionally accredited program.
- Courses taken at a hospital based program that does not grant college credits are not transferable.
- All of the above regulations apply; however, course transfers will follow a review of each courses description, syllabus and required text, in order to determine SU course equivalency.
Mission Statement, Goals, & Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the Radiation Science program is to provide a rigorous and comprehensive education to students interested in pursuing careers in radiation therapy or medical dosimetry. Students will receive instruction from a multifaceted faculty in diverse clinical settings while using the most advanced technologies to develop exceptional clinical skills that will prepare them for entry level positions. Graduates of our program will think critically, communicate effectively, and appreciate the importance of continued education in maintaining their competence.
The collective goals of the Radiation Therapy & Medical Dosimetry programs are to graduate students who:
- Will be able to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Are clinically competent
- Are able to communicate
- Will be able to evaluate the importance of professionalism, growth and development
Student Learning Outcomes
The student learning outcomes specific to the Medical Dosimetry program:
- Students will adequately explain rationale for treatment plan design
- Students will explore different beam arrangements to suit specific patient geometries
- Students will correctly analyze and correct discrepancies
- Students/graduates will apply standard treatment planning techniques
- Students/graduates will produce treatable plans
- Students will respect patient privacy and confidentiality
- Students will demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills
- Students utilize information acquired to problem solve
- Students will demonstrate professional behavior by appearance and punctuality
- Graduates present at a professional conference or submit for publication
- Graduates exhibit personal growth by continuously demonstrating interest to learn
Gainful Employment Disclosure:View the federally mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Certificate in Medical Dosimetry.
For more information on the application process and instructions on how to apply, please read our Medical Dosimetry Application Checklist (PDF).
The link to submit your application form and required documents will be available here December 1, 2015.
Applications are due Jan. 1, 2016.
Please contact Jessica Mak, Program Director, with any questions.