The Certificate in Medical Physics is designed to provide individuals holding terminal degrees in physics or a closely related field with the didactic coursework required for eligibility to enter radiation therapy physics residency programs. This is a two-semester certificate offering courses in basic radiation sciences and clinical medical physics. The Certificate is accredited by CAMPEP.


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Certificate in Medical Physics will:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles associated with the clinical use of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiations.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the operation of radiation producing and detecting devices commonly used in therapeutic and diagnostic applications.
  • Have an understanding of the basic computational principles associated with therapeutic and diagnostic applications.
  • Have a complete understanding of the wide-ranging clinical duties of therapeutic and diagnostic medical physicists.
  • Be capable of effectively communicating technical information in both oral and written form.

Be prepared to pursue a lifetime of self-directed learning and professional development.

Career Possibilities

Medical physicists are typically employed in:

  • Hospitals
  • Imaging centers
  • Radiation oncology centers
  • University medical centers
  • Industry


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Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of health physics and medical physics; nuclear medicine; comprehensive medical imaging; radiochemistry; and radiography.