The medical physics option of the professional science master's degree program is a joint program between the Departments of Physics and Radiation Oncology. The program provides didactic and clinical training in medical physics. Founded in 2007, this program is CAMPEP accredited.
Students who choose this program will be involved in course work covering radiation physics, imaging physics, radiation oncology physics, radiation safety, radiation biology and business. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a clinical radiation oncology physics internship. This internship will provide extensive training in radiation oncology physics including linear accelerator calibration, treatment planning, quality assurance, chart checking, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy and imaging. Imaging internships may be arranged for interested students. Students who complete this track will be well prepared for part 1 of the American Board of Radiology certification exam and will be ready to enter a medical physics residency program.
Research is an essential part of this program. Each student will be involved in a research project over the course of the time in the program. Student research projects are generally clinical in nature but opportunities for basic science projects are possible.
The PSM-Medical Physics program also requires at least one business course as part of the program. Professional medical physicists are often involved in the business side of medicine and our program provides preparation for these duties. Graduating students will be able to adapt the business side of medical physics and provide knowledgeable contributions to their employers.
Physics at the University of Arizona is vested in discovery. Our department is probing the limits of what's known about the physical world, challenging boundaries, and exploring new directions. With internationally renowned programs and dedicated faculty who are leaders in their fields, we offer an environment that fuses cutting-edge research with teaching excellence. Our world-class faculty and students are constantly working on a wide variety of topics across major physics disciplines. We’re exploring the boundaries of what’s known at the largest and smallest scales in the universe, and stretching the limits of what’s possible in the manipulation of matter and energy recognizing unsolved problems as opportunities for scientific breakthroughs.
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University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
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Acceptable English proficiency credentials:
International students must also submit a Financial Guarantee Form (only after admission).
Required test(s): General GRE, TOEFL (TOEFL for Intnl applicants only)
Recommended GRE Subject tests: Physics
The PSM-MP does not guarantee financial aid as this is a professional program. Each year the Department of Physics does have teaching assistant opportunities which may be filled by PSM-MP students once all PhD students are accounted for. Generally these opportunities may be assigned to PSM-MP students in June of the year of their entry into the program. These are year to year appointments. Please contact Dr. Brian LeRoy (email@example.com) for additional information.
The Department of Radiation Oncology has part time opportunities for a clinical physics technician in radiation oncology. Three spots are available and are filled only when a vacancy occurs. Generally this means that 0-3 openings may be available each year. Please contact Dr. Russell Hamilton (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn if this is available.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Medical Physics PHYS 540 3 units Project Management MIS 578 3 units Radiation Dosimetry RONC 601A 3 units Medical Physics Seminar RONC 596C 1 unit Total: 10 units
Techniques in Particle Physics PHYS 586 3 units Experimental Physics PHYS 544/545 0-6 units* Therapeutic Radiological Physics RONC 601B 3 units Total: 6-12 units *Choose 3 from 545 A-F
Internship in Medical Physics 1 3 units
Biomedical Imaging BME 516 3 units Health Physics RONC 502 3 units Physics Elective/Internship 2 PHYS 3 units Total: 9 units
Advanced Medical Optics OPTI 638 3 units Radiation Biology RONC 601D 3 units Physics Electives PHYS 0-3 units Total: 6-9 units Total units 36+ units
Mathematical Methods PHYS 575 3 units Human Anatomy and Physiology I PSIO 201 4 units Human Anatomy and Physiology II PSIO 202 4 units
None beyond the core coursework
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.