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Become a Medical Dosimetrist


Medical Dosimetry students are technologically proficient and can utilize critical analysis to develop radiation therapy treatment plans. As a Medical Dosimetry student, you will learn to utilize sophisticated computer and planning systems to design, validate, and communicate parameters needed for safe treatment delivery. Medical Dosimetrists are vital members of the Radiation Oncology team and work closely with radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other radiation oncology personnel. The Medical Dosimetry program at Carolinas College provides students with an opportunity to train alongside some of the most accomplished oncologists, physicists, and radiation therapists in the field, while mastering the technological skills needed to become a dosimetrist.

Incoming students must possess a bachelor’s degree and be a graduate of an accredited radiation therapy program or a graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program in a physical science field.

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Why Choose the Medical Dosimetry Certificate Program at Carolinas College?


The Medical Dosimetry program prepares graduates to perform all aspects of dose planning and calculation associated with the delivery of radiation therapy treatment. Students learn to utilize sophisticated computer and quality management systems to ensure that prescribed plans are safely and accurately delivered. Medical Dosimetrists are vital members of the radiation oncology team and are responsible for communicating and facilitating the treatment process.

  • Focused on graduates of an accredited radiation therapy program with bachelor’s degree completion from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Students will gain clinical experience within the large, integrated cancer network of Atrium Health.
  • Students will receive training on state-of-the-art equipment to address a range of planning techniques for each anatomical site.

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Advanced Radiation Therapy Center

Atrium Health Breaks Ground on New Facility

Atrium Health is working to bring a new facility to the area in 2023, providing new innovative radiation treatments to the area. Our Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry students will have access to this facility for their clinical rotations, providing them unique hands-on training. Read more.

Curriculum


All didactic courses are taught online, and the clinical education component is completed within facilities at Levine Cancer Institute (the flagship cancer care facility of Atrium Health). While attending this 4-semester certificate program, students will build upon previous academic experiences and train alongside treatment professionals in the field of radiation therapy.

44 total credits for completion. For full curriculum details, download the viewbook below.

Medical Dosimetry Courses

Total Medical Dosimetry Applied Courses: (44 credits)

First Semester, Summer (credits)

  • RTP 400 - Introduction to Medical Dosimetry (3)
  • RTP 402 - Medical Dosimetry Physics (3)
  • HLC 410 - Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • RTP 412 - Imaging & Anatomy (3)

Second Semester, Fall (credits)

  • RTP 414 - Oncology and Treatment Methods (4)
  • RTP 420 - Planning Concepts I (4)
  • RTP 430 - Planning Practicum I (4)

Third Semester, Spring (credits)

  • RTP 422 - Planning Concepts II (4)
  • RTP 424 - Brachytherapy Planning (4)
  • RTP 432 - Planning Practicum II (4)

Fourth Semester, Summer (credits)

  • RTP 450 - Capstone Project (2)
  • RTP 460 - Medical Dosimetry Review (2)
  • RTP 434 - Planning Practicum III (4)

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $20,000

Clinical Facilities


The following are the major clinical facilities for the medical dosimetry program:

  • Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
  • LCI Pineville, Charlotte, NC
  • LCI University City, Charlotte, NC
  • LCI Concord, Concord, NC

Other facilities will be added as appropriate.

Financial Aid


Federal student aid and scholarships are available to help with tuition. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Loan Forgiveness

Atrium Health offers a loan agreement available to finance up to $5,000 for students enrolled in the Medical Dosimetry program. This loan defers payment on principal and interest, and if the graduate becomes employed full time by an eligible Atrium Health facility, a work forgiveness option is available. Questions? Contact FinancialAid@CCHSmail.org or 704-355-5486.

Application Requirements


  1. Submit your completed program application by the deadline.
  2. A minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA and completion of bachelor’s degree or higher is required.
  3. Math/Science course minimum GPA of 3.0.
  4. Either proof of enrollment in a qualified radiation therapy program, proof of current unencumbered ARRT certification in Radiation Therapy, or proof of bachelor’s degree completion in a physical science field or equivalent.
  5. Three completed reference forms. Download the form.
  6. Interview.
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Deadlines

Priority Deadline Start Date
November 1 May

Priority deadline indicates the date which all applications received before will be guaranteed a review. Applications will still be accepted after the priority deadline until there is no longer space available for that start date.

Student Checklist

  • Return signed admission confirmation form and non-refundable $200 deposit.
  • Complete a health assessment and baseline drug screen through Atrium Health (students who are Atrium Health teammates are exempt from this requirement). The health assessment includes submission of immunization records to Atrium Health indicating current and complete compliance with NC Administrative Code (10A NCAC 41A.0401) as amended in 1994.
  • Complete the online criminal background authorization form (students who are Atrium Health teammates are exempt from this requirement).
  • Submit official transcripts demonstrating completion of required pre-requisite courses with a “C” or better... Math/Science course minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Receipt of official transcripts for final grades in any “in progress” coursework noted on the application and/or graduation from programs in progress at the time of application.
  • Submit documentation of current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification from an approved American Heart Association course with an expiration date on or after one year of study.
  • Receipt of verification of eligibility for clinical placement.
  • Verify compliance with all essential functions of the program.
  • Certification (radiation therapy graduates only) - documentation of unencumbered ARRT certification in radiation therapy.

Information on Accreditation

Medical Dosimetry program graduates are awarded a certificate and pending JRCERT accreditation will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB). Information regarding program effectiveness can be found in the section below.

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Telephone Number: 312-704-5300
Email: mail@jrcert.org

Additional accreditation information can be found at JRCERT.org.

Program Effectiveness Data

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