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Medical Physics MS Program

After their first year of coursework, medical physics students will choose to pursue a track either in Radiation Therapy or in Diagnostic Imaging.  Each track is laid out below, showing the courses required for all Medical Physics graduate students followed by the courses required specifically for the designated specialization.

 At a minimum, the student's program shall contain the courses below (or be able to show equivalency);

These courses should be taken as soon as possible in preparation for the thesis.  It is noted that not all courses shown below are offered every year.

 Medical Physics Core Courses (All Tracks)

Major Core Courses;

Required for All MP Students

Number of Credits

Term Offered

RHP 521 Radiological Anatomy & Physiology

4

Fall

RHP 531 Radiophysics

3

Fall

MP 535 Radiation Shielding & External Dosimetry

4

Spring

MP 536 Advanced Radiation Detection

4

Winter

MP 582 Applied Radiation Safety

4

Winter

MP 583 Radiation Biology I

3

Winter

MP 584 Radiation Biology II

3

Spring

MP 562 Radiation Therapy Physics

(OHSU Campus)

3

Summer

MP 541 Diagnostic Imaging Physics I

(OHSU Campus)

3

Summer

MP 542 Diagnostic Imaging Physics II

(OHSU Campus)

3

Fall

MP 507 Seminar Medical Physics (1 credit)

   

AND

 

MP 507 Seminar / Journal Club (1 credit/each; 2 credits needed)

 

3 total

TBA

ST 511 Methods of Data Analysis

4

Fall, Winter, Summer

PHL 544 Biomedical Ethics

4

Fall

MP 503 Thesis

6 (minimum)

Any Term

 

 

 

 

Specialized Courses;

Required for Diagnostic Imaging MP Students

Number of Credits

Term Offered

MP 543 Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Physics

(OHSU Campus)

3

Winter

MP 544 Nuclear Medicine Imaging

(OHSU Campus)

3

Winter

MP 545 Diagnostic Imaging Physics Practicum

(OHSU Campus)

2

Spring

Total Required Credits for the Degree

59 Minimum

 

 

 

Specialized Courses;

Required for Radiation Therapy MP Students

Number of Credits

Term Offered

MP 563 Applied Radiation Therapy Physics Lab I

(OHSU Campus)

3

Fall

MP 564 Applied Radiation Therapy Physics Lab II

(OHSU Campus)

3

Winter

MP 510 Clinical Practice; 400 hours required

(OHSU Campus)

3-12

TBA

Total Required Credits for the Degree

60 Minimum

 

 



Procedures for MS Students

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Item #

Step

Timing

 

1

Choose a major professor and a general thesis topic

By the end of your second term

 

2

File a Masters Program of Study form

(Grad School website)

Before completing 18 credit hours

 

3

Read the Thesis Guide on the Grad School’s website

Prior to starting your thesis

 

4

Notify your major professor of your intended graduation term

AT LEAST 1 term before your intended graduation term

 

5

Compare Program form and transcripts for consistency

1 term before your intended graduation term

 

6

File Petition to Change Program form if needed.

 

7

File final Program of Study with Graduate School

15 weeks prior to final oral examination

 

8

File a Diploma Application (Grad School website)

 

9

Generate Grad Council Rep (GCR) list (Grad School website) and contact those people until you find someone willing to serve as your GCR

 

10

Appoint Masters Committee w/approval of your major professor

 

11

Complete final draft of your thesis and submit it to your major professor for review and approval

By the start of your last term

 

12

Decide on a day / time (2 hrs) with all Committee members (faculty & Grad Council Rep)

AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to final oral examination

 

13

Reserve a room with the RC receptionist (Ecampus students need to contact the student liaison)

 

14

Pick up copies of final oral examination scoring guide from student liaison

 

15

Fill out Exam Scheduling Form (Grad School website)

 

16

Submit thesis pretext pages to the Graduate School

 

17

Submit a final draft of the thesis to all committee members (with advisor’s approval)

 

18

Confirm final oral examination appointment with the Grad School (make sure it’s on their calendar!)

1 week after submitting exam scheduling form

 

19

Post fliers of your defense (day, time, room, topic, your name, etc.) around the RC

E students must e-mail the Student Liaison about this

AT LEAST 1 week prior to final oral examination

 

20

Remind (e-mail) Committee of the final oral examination

2 days prior to final oral examination

 

21

Final oral examination

 

 

22

Complete thesis revisions, have major professor approve & sign final version, and get 2 copies bound for the Department

Within 6 weeks of the exam or by the first day of the next term, whichever is first; if you miss the deadline, you will be required to register for an additional 3 credits, no exceptions!

 

23

Submit final copies (library, Grad School, and dept)