Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Dosimetry

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The medical dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team that plays a role in the management of cancer. Medical dosimetrists specialize in the planning of optimal radiation treatment techniques and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist. Medical dosimetry professionals use their knowledge of physics, anatomy, and radiobiology to develop an optimal arrangement of radiation portals to spare normal and radiosensitive tissues while applying a prescribed dose to the targeted disease volume.

Bellevue College offers the only Medical Dosimetry program within Washington State for ARRT certified Radiation Therapists. This program is designed for ARRT certified Radiation Therapists who want to advance their knowledge and skills within this specialty.

Program Details

The Medical Dosimetry program is a full-time program beginning fall quarter of evenly numbered academic years. Next class will start fall quarter 2020.

To accommodate the working professional and out of region students, courses are taught in the evenings and are enhanced through recordings and transmitted through web conferencing to accommodate students beyond commuting distance. Clinical courses begin winter quarter of the first year and students must be available twenty-four hours per week to participate in clinical internship.

Curriculum

The curriculum incorporates discipline-based, general education and elective courses built on progressive rigor and sophistication. The program receives ongoing review and guidance from its accrediting body (JRCERT) to maintain currency. Required core courses provide the technical knowledge and foundational skills to your success as medical dosimetrist. Learn more….

Clinical Practicum

Admitted students within Washington State are provided clinical internship sites. Non-resident applicants who expect to participate in their clinical internship in another state must provide proof of a clinical preceptor and internship site. Students must be available 24-hours per week to participate in clinical internship.

Prerequisite Requirements

To be eligible for the Medical Dosimetry program, applicants need to meet the  following requirements:

  • National Certification in Radiation Therapy
  • BIOL& 241 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I, 6 credits
  • BIOL& 242 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II, 6 credits
  • ENGL&101 – English Composition I, 5 credits
  • MATH& 141 – Precalculus I, 5 credits
  • RADON 127 – Sectional Anatomy, 2 credits
  • Humanities from AAS-DTA transfer list, 5 credits
  • Social Science from AAS-DTA transfer list, 5 credits

Accreditation

The Medical Dosimetry program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
Website: http://www.jrcert.org/

To view a (PDF) copy of the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Program in Radiologic Sciences go to:

http://www.jrcert.org/programs-faculty/jrcert-standards/

JRCERT collects program effectiveness data provided by accredited programs on completion rates, credential examination pass rates, and job placement rates. To view a copy of the program effectiveness data for Bellevue College and other accredited colleges collected by the JRCERT please go to:

https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/accreditec-educational-programs/details/

Missions & Goals

The mission of the Bellevue College medical dosimetry program is to provide a strong didactic education in medical dosimetry that advances the student’s knowledge and develops current clinical skills to prepare graduates to become medical dosimetrists with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan treatments safely and competently and deliver quality patient care. The medical dosimetry program affirms the Bellevue College mission, vision and core values by placing the needs of students first and supporting and promoting the excellence of their efforts.

The program goals and outcomes to support this mission are:

Program Goal One: Students will be clinically competent as entry level dosimetrists:

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop appropriate treatment plans
  • Student will apply principles of radiation physics and treatment planning fundamentals to clinical practice
  • Student will apply/follow appropriate principles of radiation protection
  • Student will apply appropriate ethical and legal practices

 

Program Goal Two: Students/graduates will be able to effectively communicate in all aspects of medical dosimetry

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with members of the oncology team.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with patients

Program Goal Three: Students/graduates will be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving in analyzing dosimetry scenarios

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills in clinical situations
  • Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills in didactic situations
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills

Program Goal Four: Students will exhibit professional growth in the program and after graduation

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will join the AAMD
  • Graduates will participate in life-long learning for continual professional growth
  • Graduates will promote their profession by actively participating in professional societies and / or advisory boards

Program Effectiveness over the Past 5 Years:

Beginning 2014 the medical dosimetry program has alternate year enrollment. The 5 year averaging is based upon the most recent 5 consecutive years.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2013 through 2017

This is the number of students who pass the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) certification examination in medical dosimetry on the first attempt within twelve months of graduation from the program. Our first graduates took the exam in 2011. Some years will indicate the pass rate is zero due to alternate year enrollment. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 92%. Eleven (11) of the twelve (12) graduates of the program who took the exam passed.

Job Placement Rate – 2013 through 2017

This is the number of students that gain employment in medical dosimetry within twelve months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. Some years will indicate the placement rate is zero due to alternate year enrollment. The program’s job placement rate as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 87%. Thirteen (13) of the fifteen (15) graduates gained employment in medical dosimetry.

Program Completion Rate – 2013 through 2017

This is the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. Some years will indicate the completion rate is zero due to alternate year enrollment. The program’s completion rate as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 88%. Fifteen (15) of the seventeen (17) students completed the program.

Also available at www.jrcert.org

Last Updated October 12, 2018