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Dosimetry Training Program

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to some frequently asked questions about the Dosimetry Training Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, please click on the links below.

What does the program offer?

The program prepares qualified applicants for a career in medical dosimetry. Graduates of our medical dosimetry program are eligible for national certification by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board after six months of additional clinical experience. The latter six month clinical experience requirement, stipulated by the MDCB, is outside of the control of the School of Medical Dosimetry, and is subject to change at any time. Applicants and students should contact the MDCB with questions regarding this timeline.

Only two students are accepted into the program each year. This ensures that each student receives ample personal attention and can work closely with our dosimetrists and physicists.


How long is the program?

Our medical dosimetry program is 12-months long. It starts September 1st and ends August 31st of the following year.


What are the tuition fees?

Please consult the tuition information found on this page.


What are the objectives of the program?

The objectives of this program include:


How is the department situated and how is it staffed?

Our department has four facilities, one at our main campus in Baltimore City within the University of Maryland Medical Center, at 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201. We also have three outreach clinics in Maryland. Thus, we staff 10 radiation oncologists, 11 Ph.D. level physicists, and nine medical dosimetrists.

Students will spend over 90 percent of their time at our downtown facility at UMMC. Students thus will have access to our three new Varian linear accelerators, each equipped with portal imaging and two with Onboard Imaging. We also have a Gamma Knife and an active brachytherapy program.


What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must be either: (1) a registered radiation therapist with a minimum of one-year of clinical experience or (2) a holder of a baccalaureate degree in the physical sciences with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (preferably with at least one year of physics coursework). All applicants must have completed post-secondary instruction in the following areas:


What does the curriculum include?

The curriculum includes didactic lectures, laboratory exercises and clinical instruction. Information on our curriculum is provided in our Handbook (PDF).


When is the deadline for accepting applications?

Applications are accepted through December 1st of each year. Interviews with selected candidates are scheduled between January 1st and March 15th.


Are students of your program considered students of the University of Maryland?

No. Under the contract provided to each student, a student joins our organization as a Hospital Employee of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Students are thus, not students of the University of Maryland. Instead, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the School of Medical Dosimetry. We do not grant a higher education degree. As a result, students cannot carry credits over to other programs that yield degrees from Higher Education Organizations. For example, the time spent at the Dosimetry School in our Department cannot be carried over to credit a Bachelor's, Master's, associate, or doctoral degree from the University of Maryland. For further questions on this matter, the students or applicants may contact the program director at mearl@umm.edu.


Where can I obtain more information about medical dosimetry?

Additional information about medical dosimetry may be found at the following Web sites:


This page was last updated on: September 9, 2010.

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