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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 (OMPP) is a partnership between Oregon State and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) 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).
2016-17 Applications

Applications for the 2016-17 academic year will be processed through OHSU. Please check back for a link to the OHSU-based application in the coming weeks. 

OMPP Medical Physics Degrees

In order to differentiate students in the CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics program from those students working toward degrees in Nuclear Engineering or Radiation Health Physics, a unique diploma is awarded to Medical Physics students showing the student has graduated from the Oregon Medical Physics Program and including both the seals from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University (the sponsoring intuitions).

Further, students apply specifically for admission to the Medical Physics program, and they are granted admission only if their previous coursework meets CAMPEP requirements (ex. hold a B.S. in Physics or Engineering or be able to show the equivalent of at least a minor in Physics, i.e., at least 3 undergraduate courses in Physics).

The only students allowed to take “MP5xx” (Medical Physics) designated coursework are fully matriculated Medical Physics students (admitted with strict adherence to CAMPEP and ABR standards regarding undergraduate course work).  All MP5xx course enrollment is by instructor approval only.  Graduate students pursuing degrees in Nuclear Engineering or Radiation Health Physics are only allowed to register for “NE5xx” or “RHP5xx” courses, respectively. 

Additionally, Oregon Medical Physics Program students must have a designated Medical Physics advisor, and the program directors serve on all Medical Physics graduate student research committees. Finally, the Oregon Medical Physics Program directors are the only members of the OSU or OHSU faculty that can attest to the ABR that a student is enrolled in/or has completed a formal Medical Physics didactic program in our CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics program.

If you apply for the Medical Physics graduate program, admissions and course requirements are significantly different (than those for other NSE graduate students)

You will only be America 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). 

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 School of Nuclear Science and Engineering

 

Admissions and Graduate Data

*Current as of June 15, 2015.

         

Academic Statistics

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/15

2015/2016

Applicants

79

75

50

 

Offered Admission

26

15

11

25

Matriculated

6

5

3

TBD Fall 2015

Total Enrolled

9

12

11

TBD Fall 2015

Graduated

2

3

2

TBD Spring 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Post Graduation Placement

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/15

2015-2016

Residencies

1

3

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Industry

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Clinical positions

1

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