Certificate in Medical Dosimetry
Program Brochure (PDF)
The Medical Dosimetry program is designed to train personnel in the discipline of dosimetry within a radiation oncology environment, and to prepare them to take the Certified Medical Dosimetrists board examination.
To Make Man Whole” reflects the mission statement of Loma Linda University and Medical Center. It is the mission of the program to encourage the personal and professional growth of students through the integrated development of intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of each student as they prepare to serve mankind.
Medical dosimetry is a very dynamic, exciting field involving a combined knowledge of mathematics, physics, and the biologicial and medical sciences. Dosimetrists plan optimal isodose distributions and treatment dose calculations for a variety of external beam, as well as brachytherapy treatments.
Medical dosimetrists must have excellent analytical skills, an ability to critically evaluate data, and an aptitude for physics and mathematics. They must also be able to work closely as a team with physicists, physicians, radiation therapists, and other hospital personnel.
A shortage of training programs exist in the field, which causes a shortage of dosimetrists. This program will aim to provide a supply of well-trained dosimetrists who will be able to meet the needs of radiation oncology facilities in the local area and beyond.
Students will either need to have:
AART registration in Radiation Therapy Technology with a minimum of two years post graduation clinical experience and a Bachelor's degree in any topic. Additional prerequisites: College Algebra, Trigonometry
A Bachelor's degree in Physics or Mathematics from an accredited university. Additional prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology (no lab needed), Medical Terminology
All course requirements must be met before the start of the program.
Upon completion of the program, the student should be qualified to:
Medical Dosimetry Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The student learning outcomes (SLO’s) of the medical dosimetry program are:
(1) Students will demonstrate critical thinking by performing hand calculations, understanding physical limitations of treatment machines in relationship to treatment planning, and optimizing treatment plans;
(2) students will be clinically competent at constructing deliverable treatment plans, calculating monitor units for clinical set-ups, and demonstrating knowledge of the quality assurance process;
(3) students will be able to communicate effectively from the verbal, written and oral presentation perspective;
(4) students will demonstrate professionalism by treating all persons with respect , demonstrating responsibility and accountability for actions, and understanding HIPPA laws.
Department of Radiation Technology
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
Nichol Hall A829
Loma Linda CA 92350
Carol Davis, PsyD, Dr.PH, RT (T)