Doctor of Medical Physics

The mission of the Doctor of Medical Physics (DMP) Program is to provide a high-quality graduate education experience for students in therapeutic medical physics. The educational experience comprises rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multi-media instruction, practical laboratory experiences, and clinical instruction. Program graduates will be capable of critical thinking and problem solving, devoted to a lifetime of learning, committed to the ethical standards of their profession, and highly sought after by employers.

The Doctor of Medical Physics is a four-year professional degree program in therapeutic medical physics that provides a direct path to certification and gainful employment in clinical medical physics. The first two years of the program curriculum is very similar to UNLV’s accredited Master of Science in medical physics program during which students take didactic coursework emphasizing the fundamentals of therapeutic medical physics. During the last two years, students are placed in clinical rotations in local and regional radiation oncology centers and/or hospitals where they are exposed to the practical aspects of therapeutic medical physics. The DMP program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the fundamental principles associated with the clinical use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiations.
  2. Recognize basic sectional anatomy and common pathologies in medical imaging modalities including CT, MRI, ultrasound, and PET.
  3. Explain the operation of radiation producing and detecting devices commonly used in therapeutic applications.
  4. Apply basic computational principles associated with therapeutic and diagnostic applications.
  5. Demonstrate the wide ranging clinical duties of a therapeutic medical physicist through required clinical experiences.
  6. Participate in research experiences in medical physics-related projects.
  7. Demonstrate a sound understanding of medical physics ethics by rendering appropriate clinical care to patients in a professional manner.
  8. Effectively communicate technical information in oral and written forms.
  9. Pursue a lifetime of self-directed learning and professional development.

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