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Oregon Medical Physics Program

Oregon Health & Science University Radiation Medicine

The ability to see and treat

Medical physics examines and applies numerous aspects of nuclear science to medicine. Medical physicists rarely have direct contact with patients, but are part of many treatment teams. For example, medical physicists crunch the numbers for radiation-based cancer treatments to calculate precise dosages, maintain radiation equipment, and ensure that imaging machines such as CT scanners and MRIs are functioning properly.

The Oregon Medical Physics Program (brochure) is a partnership between Oregon State and Oregon Health & Science University to educate medical physicists at the graduate level. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP), we are the only accredited program in the Northwest.

Academics and Admissions

We offer master’s and doctoral degrees in medical physics. Admission is highly competitive. 

Prerequisites for matriculation into the Oregon Medical Physics program include:

  • Meeting the requirements of Oregon State University's Graduate School.
  • A strong foundation in basic physics documented by either a degree in physics, engineering, or other area of physical science with physics education equivalent to a minor in physics. This should include at least three upper-level undergraduate physics courses. 
  • Completion of anatomy and physiology courses (can be a corequisite within the first year of study).

 

To be considered for the first round of selections for Fall 2015 admission, please submit your application after October 1, 2014 and before the priority deadline February 1, 2015. 

 

NON-CAMPEP Accredited Tracks (a note on medical physics degrees within NERHP)

Because the Oregon Medical Physics Program is housed within Oregon State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics (NERHP), there are degrees offered with overlapping coursework. If you apply for the Medical Physics graduate program, admissions and course requirements are significantly different than those for NERHP graduate students. You will only be American Board of Radiology board-eligible if you are admitted as a Medical Physics graduate student in the Oregon Medical Physics Program (a joint program between OSU and OHSU). Please read more  about the differences between NERHP degrees and MP degrees.

Research

We're interested in applying medical physics to other specialty fields and vice versa. Our current research projects are focused on applying related fields of study to solve medical physics problems. If your research project could benefit from our expertise, let us know. The next scientific breakthrough could be only an email away. 

More information 

If you would like more information about our medical physics program, are interested in becoming a research partner, or just want to learn more about the field, browse the links below. We're happy to answer any questions you may have. 

  • Information regarding the practice of professional medical physics can be found at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) website.
  • Details about our graduate program certification are found at campep.org
  • For information about the medical physics board certification process, visit theabr.org.
Cost and Financial Aid 

Because the Oregon Medical Physics Program is a joint clinical degree with OHSU, it operates under a different fee structure than other graduate programs at Oregon State University. To accurately calculate tuition and fees for the program please consult the Business Affairs Office for current professional program rates. Similar to other clinical degrees, there are additional opportunities for financing. Please see Oregon State Financial Aid for information on financial aid.

Department contacts:
  • Dr. Krystina M. Tack, Graduate Program Director for the Oregon Medical Physics Program 
  • Heidi Braly, Graduate Student Liason at the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics

 

Admissions and Graduate Data

*Current as of October 21, 2013

     

Academic Statistics

2012/2013

2013/2014

Applicants

79

75

Offered Admission

26

15

Matriculated

6

5

Total Enrolled

9

12

Graduated

2

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Post Graduation Placement

2012/2013

2013/2014

Residencies

1

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Industry

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Clinical positions

1

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Other activities

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