Dosimetry Training Program - FAQs

What are the objectives of the dosimetry program?

The objectives of this program include:

  • Provide an education that facilitates the mastery of entry-level dosimetry skills through didactic and clinical experiences.
  • Provide an orientation to the range of health care settings in which dosimetrists practice.
  • Foster continued development of critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.
  • Promote a commitment to community and professional service.

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:

  • Basic mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry and introductory calculus
  • Basic physics at the freshman college level
  • Oral and written communication
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Computer competency

What does the curriculum include?

The curriculum includes didactic lectures, laboratory exercises and clinical instruction.

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.