Physics

Master of Science, Medical Physics

Program Overview

The Physics Department and the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Diagnostic Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic have collaborated since 1999 to offer the MS degree in Physics with Medical Physics Specialization. It is the only program of its kind in Northeast Ohio. The Medical Physics Specialization has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) effective January 2012: http://www.campep.org/campeplstgrad.asp.  

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Contact

Application and admission questions:  Dr. Thijs Heus, Graduate Program Director

Other inquiries: Dr. Kiril Streletzky, Co-Director of Medical Physics Program

 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Medical Physics Specialization, applicants must meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements (https://www.csuohio.edu/graduate-admissions/admission-requirements) and have an undergraduate degree in physics or other areas of science or engineering with physics education equivalent to a minor in physics (see more detailed information on undergraduate physics preparation below).

 

All students applying for the MS program must take the GRE general test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing).  The quantitative reasoning portion of the GRE has to be at least in the 50th percentile. Students whose undergraduate training is not in the United States must also take the TOEFL and meet the international admission requirements for graduate students (https://www.csuohio.edu/international-admissions/international-admissions-graduate-students-admission-requirements).

 

All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume.

Review of completed applications starts every year on Feb 1st.

 

Financial Support

Most students enrolled in the Medical Physics Specialization receive one of the following types of financial support. The data in this table reflect the levels of support in academic year 2014-2015. The dollar amounts for the stipends vary from one semester to another depending on available departmental funds, teaching experience, and academic performance.

Type

Support

Obligation

# offered per semester

Medical Physics Fellowship

 

stipend: $4,500-7,000/semester

tuition waiver: 8-9 credits/semester

20 hours of TA per week

1

Teaching Assistantship

stipend: $3,500-6,000/semester

tuition waiver: 8-9 credits/semester

20 hours of TA per week

3

Tuition Grant

 

tuition waiver: 8-9 credits/semester

10 hours of TA per week

3

* The tuition waiver (8-9 credit hours / semester) is typically enough to cover all in-state tuition costs.

Degree Completion Requirements

The Medical Physics specialization includes the following courses (33 credits):

  • PHY 515: Introduction to Biological Physics, 4cr 

  • PHY 520: Computational Physics, 4cr

  • PHY 530: Medical Radiation Physics, 3cr

  • PHY 531: Radiation Biology, 2cr

  • PHY 532: Radiation Safety, 2cr

  • PHY 535: Radiation Therapy Physics, 3cr

  • PHY 540: Medical Imaging Physics, 3cr

  • PHY 565: Image Processing, 4cr

  • PHY 598: Clinical Observation and Research Project, 4cr 

  • PHY 660: Electronics, 4cr

Undergraduate Physics Preparation:

The best preparation for a MS degree in medical physics is a BS degree in physics. Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in other areas of science or engineering (e.g., electrical engineering, biochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or nuclear engineering) must have physics training equivalent to a minor in physics. To meet the requirements for a minor in physics, the following courses should be taken:

  1. Three calculus courses (offered at CSU as MTH 181, MTH 182, and MTH 281)

  2. Two semesters of calculus-based introductory-level physics courses (offered at CSU as PHY 241 and PHY 242)

  3. Three advanced upper-level physics courses. At CSU, these can be three from the following list:

    • PHY 325: Introduction to Theoretical Physics, 3cr

    • PHY 330: Introduction to Modern Physics, 3cr (strongly recommended)

    • PHY 340: Mechanics and Vibrations I, 3cr

    • PHY 350: Electricity and Magnetism I, 3cr

    • PHY 440: Quantum Physics I, 3cr

    • PHY 474: Thermal Physics, 4cr

    • PHY 475: Statistical Physics, 3cr 

Such an undergraduate physics preparation is required by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). It is also part of the requirement for taking Part I of the certification examination offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). See the following webpage on ABR’s random audit process: www.theabr.org/sites/all/themes/abr-media/pdf/ICMPRandomAuditofApplications.pdf

Undergraduate Preparation in Anatomy and Physiology:

If the following courses offered at CSU or their equivalent are missing from an applicant’s undergraduate preparation, they must be successfully completed before the MS degree can be conferred.

  • BIO 266: Human Anatomy and Physiology, 3cr

  • BIO 267: Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, 1cr

 

Student Statistics

 

Admission Statistics

Year

Number applied*

Number admitted*

Number matriculated

Average GPA of matriculated students

2007

-

-

6

3.48

2008

-

-

8

3.62

2009

-

-

2

3.27

2010

-

-

1

3.92

2011

-

-

3

3.40

2012

-

-

3

3.59

2013

20

11

3

3.73

2014

27

14

6

3.71

* The program received initial accreditation in 2012.

 

Job Placement Statistics

Year

Number of graduates

Current occupation of graduates

Clinical

Residency

PhD program

Medical dosimetry program

Research

Other*

2007

6

5

 

1

 

 

 

2008

3

2

 

 

 

 

1

2009

6

4

 

1

 

 

1

2010

6

5

 

 

 

 

1

2011

3

2

 

 

 

1

 

2012

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

2013

2

1

1

 

 

 

 

2014

4

 

1

 

1

 

2

* The Other category includes graduates who are working in other professions or are currently seeking employment.

 (Last updated June 30th, 2015)