Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Radiologic Sciences

Medical Dosimetry

Medical Dosimetry is part of radiation oncology. Under the direction of a medical physicist, Medical Dosimetrists utilize dedicated computers to design and calculate radiation plans for the treatment of cancer. A CT scan of the patient generates data which will be used in the treatment planning process. The dosimetrists work closely with the physician, physicist and radiation therapist.  People in this profession typically work nine hour workdays, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., mainly working at a console, with a highly specialized computer. 

Medical Dosimetrists work directly with critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. In addition to the actual treatment planning, the dosimetrists may assist in the fabrication of beam modifying and immobilization devices individualized for each patient.

According to Mark Reid, past president of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD), the demand for medical dosimetrists grows every time a new cancer center opens, making dosimetry a stable, well-compensated career.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Medical Dosimetry Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into medical dosimetry, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning.  Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving theses skills are developed and enhanced.

Medical Dosimetry Concentration within Your Degree

Dual-Concentration students cannot take Medical Dosimetry in their first year. Interested Dual-Concentration students must take Radiation Therapy their first year, as a prerequisite to Medical Dosimetry.

Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career. Acceptance into your second year concentration of Medical Dosimetry is not guaranteed.

Goals

Goal # 1: Clinical Performance & Clinical Competence

Students will acquire the knowledge, insight and skills necessary to perform competently as entry level dosimetrists.

Student Learning Outcomes

1A - Demonstrate the ability to develop precise 3D treatment plans

1B - Demonstrate the ability to develop precise IMRT plans

1C – Demonstrate the ability to develop deliverable SBRT Plans

Goal # 2: Problem Solving Skills & Critical Thinking

Students will apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in making decisions about treatment planning/calculations for the care of the radiation oncology patients.

Student Learning Outcomes

2A – Students will adequately critique their treatment plans and modify to develop an optimal treatment plan

2B – Comparison of  different modalities/techniques

Goal # 3: Communication Skills

Students will communicate effectively when interacting with patients and members of the radiation oncology team.

Student Learning Outcomes

3A – Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills

3B – Students will use effective oral communication skills

Goal # 4: Professional Development & Growth

Students will demonstrate professional growth and development.

Student Learning Outcomes

4A – The students will attend meetings with the Radiation Oncology Medical (staff and residents) Physicists

4B – The students will demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in a clinical setting

4C – The alumni will continue to exhibit ethical and professional manners after graduation

Certification Exams

All BS graduates are eligible to take the associated certification examinations of the organizations that oversee their concentration of study. Students who pass these examinations receive national certification. Dual-Concentration students may not be able to take board exams until they receive their BS.

More information on the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB)

Program Effectiveness

Program Completion Rates*

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
37 36 97%


Class 2014 ONLY

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
10 10 100%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*

Pass rates are on FIRST attempt ONLY within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
35 32 91%


Class 2014 ONLY

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
10 9 90%

Job Placement Results*

Job Placement rates are within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
36 35 97%


Class 2014 ONLY


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
10 9 90%

*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2015.

Accreditation

The Medical Dosimetry Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org