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Graduate work in the UW Medical Physics Department prepares students for professional positions in teaching, research and clinical physics service in medical centers, national laboratories, universities, and governmental regulatory agencies.

The link to "Course Descriptions" will show the department teaches an extensive breadth of medical physics knowledge. Programs of study lead to the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Medical Physics. The program is organized so the student may emphasize General Medical Physics (GMP), Image Science (IS), or Health Physics (HP) areas of sub-specialization. A nine-course Core Curriculum component, satisfying the CAMPEP Graduate Education Standards, is required for each of these areas. The Core Curriculum consists of MP501, MP563, MP566, MP567, MP569, MP573, MP578, MP701 plus a course in anatomy or physiology. Students who complete the Core Curriculum as part of their academic plan will receive an attestation of CAMPEP requirements completion. There is also an option to "opt out" of the Core Curriculum if a student wishes to pursue an area of sub-specialization outside the usual CAMPEP track. Students choosing this option will not receive the attestation of completion of CAMPEP requirements. The "Course Sequences" link describes typical programs of study for students completing the Core Curriculum option with a focus on either GMP/IS or HP. All students are expected to take the "Qualifier" exam at the end of their first year of graduate studies.

The M.S. degree in Medical Physics with the General Medical Physics or Health Physics emphasis is a valuable and worthwhile terminal degree that provides access to many employment opportunities in the field. For those individuals wishing to pursue certification by the American Board of Radiology, competition for medical physics residency program positions based on currently available data, is significantly more difficult with a terminal M.S. degree relative to a Ph.D. degree. The Ph.D. degree is primarily a research degree that extends the depth of knowledge in a specialty area. Both M.S. and Ph.D. students benefit from the expanding array of opportunities available in clinical physics training.

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