Master of Science (M.S.)
Medical dosimetrists come from diverse educational backgrounds. They practice in the field of radiation medicine as members of a team to plan and design effective radiation therapy procedures for individual patients, and to perform radiation-related biomedical research.
The Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry program consists of students from a number of undergraduate disciplines. Those who have graduated from professional undergraduate programs in radiation therapy meet all prerequisite requirements.
The curriculum meets the requirements prescribed by the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists, so that successfully completing the 37-credit hour didactic and clinical curriculum qualifies graduates to be eligible to sit for the MDCB examination and become a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD). Students study a variety of topics that include:
- Computer technology
- Clinical disease processes
- Human anatomy
- Radiation physics
The program prepares students for the technical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of a career in the field. Medical dosimetrists are in high demand in hospitals and radiation treatment facilities and have many career options that include:
- Medical sales
- Patient care
- Technical training
Why Study Medical Dosimetry at Grand Valley?
- Distinctive program. One of only four graduate medical dosimetry programs in the nation, and the only university in Michigan to offer the degree.
- Experience based. Features a strong field experience and internship component.
- Small student to faculty ratio. Strong clinical component ensures a faculty to student ratio of no greater than 2:1.
- Fully accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiation Therapy (JCERT).
- Convenient and flexible. Courses are offered at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids. About 85 percent of the courses are offered either online or in an online/in-person hybrid format.
- Twenty-two credit degree completion option for current CMD's to obtain their M.S. degree.
- GVSU has a state-of-the-art treatment planning lab that can be used while on campus or remotely to supplement treatment planning experience.