Medical Physics Certificate Program

Program Goal and Objectives

The Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Certificate Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is under the umbralla of Rutgers School of Graduate Studies. It is designed for students without an accredited medical physics graduate degree seeking to enter the field of medical physics.  It has long been recognized within the profession that many potential medical physicists may have already completed or mostly completed their graduate education before considering a career in medical physics.  For such people, the certificate program offers a path to the profession by satisfying coursework requirements for entering an accredited medical physics residency, an essential step towards eventual board-certification and becoming a practicing medical physicist. The applicants should hold a Ph.D. (D.Sc) degree in Physics or Physics related scientific disciplines (e.g., engineering). The people who complete the certificate courses may be eligible for application for medical physics residency program.

Eligibility

Students entering a medical physics certificate program are required to have completed a doctoral degree in physics, physical science, or engineering, in addition to undergraduate coursework that is at least equivalent to a minor in physics (i.e. on that includes at least three upper-level undergraduate physics courses that would be required for a physics minor).

Individual courses within the program may be taken by non-matriculating students, as permitted by the Program Director.  Please contact us for more information.

Application to the Program

Once the complete application packet is received by our administrative coordinator, the entire packet is forwarded to the admissions committee for review. Application packet review consists of evaluation of doctoral training, relevance of field of study, core physics requirements, interest in pursuing medical physics, etc. If the committee decides the application packet is satisfactory to pre-defined standards, the applicant will be invited to coordinate a Skype interview with program directors, Dr. Vergalasova and Dr. Schein, who will report back to the admissions committee after the interview for a final decision. The candidate will be then notified via official email correspondence regarding their admission status into the program.

To download the application materials, please check here.

Curriculum

The certificate program is comprised of the six core courses, divided into 18 credits. Six of the seven courses are taught in-person at the New Brunswick campus. One course (Anatomy & Physiology) is currently offered online and can be taken either semester, as preferred by the student.

FALL Course Number Credits
Principles of Radiobiology MPHY 5045S 2
Radiological Physics and Dosimetry MPHY 5020S 3
Fundamentals of Medical Imaging MPHY 5015S 3
SPRING
Radiation Safety and Protection MPHY 5040S 2
Radiation Therapy Physics MPHY 5010S 3
Applications of Radiobiology MPHY 5035S 2
ONLINE
Anatomy and Physiology MPHY 5030S 3

For information regarding tuition and fees, please click here.

Program Statistics

Certificate Program Application and Graduate Statistics
Entering Class
# Applicants
# Accepted
# of Graduates
ABR Completion Status
2014
4
3
2
1
2015
0
0
0
-
2016
0
0
0
-
2017
1
1
NA
-
2018
5
3
1
In Progress
2019
0
0
0
-

 

More Information About Medical Physicists

More information about “The Medical Physicist” and “The Roles, Responsibilities, and Status of the Clinical Medical Physicist” is available at http://www.aapm.org/publicgeneral/default.asp

Further information regarding the application process is available by contacting:

Dr. Irina Vergalasova
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany St, Room 2013
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
irinav@cinj.rutgers.edu

Dr. Lee Ann Schein
scheinla@rwjms.rutgers.edu
(732) 235-3446