Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

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About

The Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences in the School of Allied Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of:

Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, practical laboratory and clinical experiences, and student mentoring.

Graduates of this program will be capable of critical thinking, devoted to a lifetime of learning, committed to the ethical standards of their profession, and highly sought after by employers.

Accreditation

The master’s of health physics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Nuclear Medicine and Radiology programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, respectively.

Career Possibilities

Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Research
  • Industry
  • Education
  • Environmental protection
  • Enforcement of government regulations

Although the health physicist usually concentrates in one of these disciplines, a professional health physicist typically performs duties in several areas.

Medical physicists work primarily in hospitals, academic medical centers, radiation oncology facilities, and diagnostic imaging centers. Duties of a medical physicist include treatment planning, quality assurance, research and development, and teaching.

The nuclear medicine technologist is an allied health professional who, under the direction of an authorized user, is committed to applying the art and skill of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radionuclides.

The employment outlook in comprehensive medical imaging is excellent. Radiology administrators and physicians in hospitals and outpatient clinics have responded to the concerns of cost containment and competition by seeking prospective employees who can demonstrate competency in a variety of imaging areas. The comprehensive imaging program at UNLV provides an opportunity for students to become competent professionals in multiple diagnostic modalities (computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound) within the framework of a strong baccalaureate program.

Job opportunities for graduates may be found in:

  • Major medical centers
  • Smaller hospitals
  • Independent imaging centers

Opportunities are also available for obtaining positions in clinical research and administration.

Careers in the radiography field are found in a variety of settings, from small rural centers to large urban hospitals and clinics, and even in some foreign countries where shortages in technologists are evident. Radiography is a field of its own, with advancements possible with additional education and training.

Graduates can enter the field as staff radiographers and, with additional certifications, education, and training, may move on to advanced scanning, supervisory, and administrative positions or into the field of education. Other opportunities may include positions with suppliers of radiographic equipment, film, and diagnostic pharmaceuticals.