Medical Physics Graduate Education

The Professional Science Masters
Professional Science Master's Degree in Medical Physics

The PSM-Medical Physics is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation on Medical Physics Education (CAMPEP) http://www.campep.org/campeplstgrad.asp

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.

Applications 

APPLICATIONS (INCLUDING ALL MATERIALS REQUIRED BELOW) ARE TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

Application Deadlines:

January 31, Domestic students
December 31, International students

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • GPA 3.0
  • General GRE required, physics subject test or related area strongly recommended but not required.
  • Completed bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in physics, nuclear engineering, health physics, medical physics, or other engineering (alternative preparation will be considered on a case-by-case basis but must include equivalence to a minor in physics including at least three upper division physics courses).
  • 3 letters of recommendation from qualified individuals (provide contact info as part of online application)
  • Statement of purpose: short essay describing interest in the Professional Science Master's Degree Program in Medical Physics at the University of Arizona and how it fits in with your scientific and career goals
  • List of upper division physics courses taken and name of texts used.

In addition to the above requirements, international students are also required to have the following:

  • TOEFL 550
  • TSE minimum 45
  • Financial Guarantee Form

Typical Admitted Scores (2007-2014):

  • GPA 3.5
  • General GRE (Verbal -  550: Quantitative – 750: Analytical – 4.0)

Average Admitted Scores 2015

GPA 3.35, GRE - Q 158.9, V 150, Wr 3.57, TOEFL 80

Program Statistics (2007-2013)

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
number of applicants 14 4 12 14 8 5 12 16
number of students offered admission  6 2 6 8 3 4 6 6
number of students matriculating  4 1 3 4 3 4 5 3
number of students graduating  N/A N/A 4 1 3 4 1 4
number in residencies  N/A N/A 1 0 1 2 0 2
number in advanced degree programs  N/A N/A 1 1 0 0 0 0
number in industry  N/A N/A 1 0 1 1 1 2
number in clinical positions  N/A N/A 2 0 0 0 0 0
number in academic positions  N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0
number in other activities N/A N/A 0 0 1* 1 0 0

 

Program Statistics (2015-)      
       
 
2015 2016 2017
number of applicants 15 13 25
number of offered admission 7 0 TBD
number of students matriculating 4 0 TBD
number of students graduating 3 4 3
number in residencies 1 2 2
number in advanced degree programs 2 1 0
number in industry 0 1 TBD
number in clinical positions 0 0 TBD
number in academic positions 0 0 TBD
number in other activies 0 0 1

 

If you have additional questions regarding the online admissions process, please contact Gardie Lueders (gradcoord@physics.arizona.edu)

You may start your application here: ONLINE

Financial Aid

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. Sean Fleming (spf@physics.arizona.edu) 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. Watchman (watchman@email.arizona.edu) to learn if this is available.

Graduates of Program

Graduates of our program are currently working in clinical, regulatory and private sectors.  Below are some examples of program graduate and where they are working now.

 

Amarjeet Bhullar, PhD, PSM (class of 2009)
Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Therapy Branch
Division of Radiological Health
Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

 

 

Tim H. McDaniels, PhD, PSM (class of 2007)
Medical Physicist
21st Century Oncology of Arizona

 


 

Vigil Dias, MS, PSM (class of 2011)
Clinical Curriculum Developer - Radiation Oncology Physicist,
Clinical Training Design and Development Team,
Global Standards and Content,
Varian Medical Systems

 


 

John D. Gordon, PSM, DABR (class of 2007)
Medical Physicist
University of Arizona Department of Radiation Oncology


 

Sharif Elguindi (class of 2010)
Medical Physics Resident
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

 
Junhan Pan (class of 2010)
Clinical Physics Associate
Medical Physics Resident
University of Arizona

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION IN THE PSM-MEDICAL PHSYICS GRADUATE DEGREE, PLEASE  CONTACT:

Christopher J. Watchman, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Arizona
P.O. Box 245081
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel: (520) 694-5481 
Fax (520) 626-9328 
Watchman@email.arizona.edu

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