The American Association of Physicists in Medicine defines medical physics as applying the methods and concepts of physics towards the diagnosis and treatment of human disease, utilizing medical electronics, bioengineering and health physics. The goal of this program is to create Qualified Medical Physicists, who can independently provide clinical professional services in one or more of the subfields of medical physics – therapeutic, diagnostic, nuclear, and medical health.
The Master of Science degree in Medical Physics is the only program in the Philadelphia region that offers training on the two largest suppliers of linear accelerators in the United States. Didactic courses and labs are complemented with extensive clinical experience. The program is designed to meet the criteria for full accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). Graduating from a CAMPEP-accredited master’s degree program in Medical Physics offers the opportunity to enter a two-year medical physics residency. Completion of an advanced degree from a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics program and completion of a residency are current requirements for certification by the American Board of Radiology.
Jefferson students also have access to cutting edge technology including the CyberKnife and GammaKnife. The program’s didactic and laboratory courses are designed to implement theoretical concepts and allow students to collect and analyze data, as well as learn quality assurance and safety measures.
All students are required to complete a capstone project. Medical physics professionals and other leading researchers at Jefferson are available to support students and individualize this aspect of their education.
This is a demanding and time consuming two-year, full-time, on-site program for students who have a formal educational background of a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. For the best chance at success, it is suggested that students do not work while in the program.