Physics

Certificate in Medical Physics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

In collaboration with the Taussig Cancer Insitute and the Imaging Insitute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Physics Department at Cleveland State University offers a course of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics. The certificate program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) effective November 2014 through December 2019: http://www.campep.org/campeplstcert.asp. The certificate program is intended for individuals already possessing a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field who are interested in pursuing a career in medical physics.

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CONTACT

Please send inquiries to  Dr. Miron Kaufman, Physics Graduate Program Director.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for admission to the Medical Physics Certificate Program, applicants must meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements and hold a Ph.D. degree in physics or other areas of science or engineering (e.g., electrical engineering, biochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or nuclear engineering) with physics education equivalent to a minor in physics (see more detailed information on undergraduate physics preparation below).

Applicants holding a Ph.D. degree from a foreign country must also take the GRE general test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing) and the TOEFL with scores meeting the international admission requirements for graduate students.

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

Applications are accepted starting 6 months before the start of a Fall or Spring semester for that semester. Applications must be received by two weeks before semester start. Acceptance is on a first-come first-served and space-available basis.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Students enrolled in the Medical Physics Certificate Program are not eligible for financial support.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

The certificate program requires the following courses (minimum of 14 credits)1,2:

  • PHY 530 - Medical Radiation Physics, 3cr

  • PHY 531 - Radiation Biology, 2cr

  • PHY 532 - Radiation Safety, 2cr

  • PHY 535 - Radiation Therapy Physics, 3cr

  • PHY 593 - Special Topics, 1cr

  • PHY 540 - Medical Imaging Physics, 3cr

1Students lacking a suitable Anatomy and Physiology course must remedy the deficiency by taking a course approved by the program director, e.g. CSU's BIO 266 course. This course must be successfully completed before the certificate can be conferred.

2Students with a PhD degree in another discipline than physics must complete the equivalent of a Minor in Physics. This can be completed during the course of study at CSU. Inquire with the Physics Graduate Program Director on the path to complete this requirement.

Admission Statistics - Graduate Certificate Program

Year

Number Applied*

Number Offered Admission*

Number Entered in the Program

Average GPA of Entering Students*

2015

7

6

4

3.50

2016

4

3

1

N/A

2017

22

2

3.65

2018

33

2

3.64

2019

44

3

3.643

* Based on doctoral studies transcript

Job Placement Statistics - Graduate Certificate Program

Year

Number 

of graduates

Placement after graduation

Board (ABR) Certified**

Clinical

Residency

PhD program

Medical dosimetry program

Research

Other*

 

2016

2

1

    

1

1

2017

2

 

2

     

2018

1

1

 

     

2019

2

 

1

   1 

2020

1     1 

* The Other category includes graduates who are working in other professions or are currently seeking employment. **As of November 2019.

 (Last updated June 4th, 2020)