Medical Dosimetry

The Medical Dosimetry program only accepts certified Radiation Therapists R.T.(T).

The Medical Dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has specific knowledge and clinical understanding of radiation treatment machines, equipment and radioactive sources. The Medical Dosimetrist is the expert in designing and generating dose distributions and calculations for a prescribed course of radiation therapy. A Medical Dosimetrist works with computer software and multiple imaging modalities to plan a three dimensional treatment to be delivered by a team of certified Radiation Therapists.

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Bellevue College’s Radiation & Imaging Sciences (RAIS), Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) Medical Dosimetry concentration is designed for ARRT certified Radiation Therapists who want to advance their knowledge and skills within this specialty and prepare for the MDCB (Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board) certification examination. Bellevue College offers the only Medical Dosimetry program within Washington State.

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 2022.

The Medical Dosimetry program is designed for individuals who are ARRT certified Radiation Therapists and want to become Certified Medical Dosimetrists.

The Medical Dosimetry program is 7 quarters or 22 months in length and is designed for the working professional. The required didactic courses are online. Synchronous lectures are typically scheduled in the evening between 6-9 pm PST. The clinical portion is 2-3 days per week beginning the second quarter.

The program is aligned with the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) curriculum and prepares candidates for Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB eligibility and employment.

Medical Dosimetry Paths and Requirements

Depending on your educational background and interest, two paths are available for Radiation Therapists who want to prepare for the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) examination. Program length is the same for both the BAS degree or certificate.

Radiation & Imaging Sciences BAS Medical Dosimetry

This track is designed for certified radiation therapists who do not currently have a Bachelor’s degree. The degree includes 185 credits, 50 of those from national certification and 37 from prerequisite/co-requisite work. The other 98 credits are 300-400 level classes in the Radiation and Imaging Sciences and Healthcare Management and Leadership programs, as well as general education courses in economics, communications, and ethics.

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Dosimetry

The Medical Dosimetry certificate track is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and who are ARRT certified Radiation Therapists who want to become Certified Medical Dosimetrists.  The certificate includes 83 credits and 7 credits from prerequisite work. The credits are 300-400 level classes in the Radiation and Imaging Sciences Program.

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.

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.

If you are a prospective student from out of state and would like to have your clinic be a part of our Medical Dosimetry program, the requirements are:

  1. The institution must be accredited.
  2. Your preceptor must be a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD) or Medical Physicist.
  3. A treatment planning workstation must be available to the student 3 days per week.

For more information send an email to Linda Schinman.

Prerequisite Requirements

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

How to Apply – Opens Dec. 1, 2021

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Bellevue College’s Radiation & Imaging Sciences Medical Dosimetry concentration is a selective admissions program. All students must apply to Bellevue College prior to completing the online Medical Dosimetry program application. The Medical Dosimetry program accepts applications once every other year. Applications for the class that would start fall quarter 2022 opens on Dec. 1, 2021.

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/

Program Accreditation Status:

Most recent site visit: June 2015
Accreditation award granted for maximum 8 years: Nov 2015
Interim report due: June 2019
Maintenance of accreditation granted: Dec 2019
Next site visit due: second quarter of 2023

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 – 2015 through 2019

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. The rates exclude graduates who took the exam more than twelve months post-graduation. 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 2015 through 2019 is 85%. Eleven (11) of the thirteen (13) graduates of the program who took the exam passed.

Program Completion Rate – 2015 through 2019

This is the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program within 150% of the stated program length. 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 2015 through 2019 is 94%. Sixteen (16) of seventeen (17) students completed the program.

Job Placement Rate – 2015 through 2019

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 2015 through 2019 is 100%. Fifteen (15) of the Fifteen (15) graduates sought and gained employment in medical dosimetry.

*The JRCERT defines “Not actively seeking employment” as:

  1. Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts;
  2. Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation;
  3. Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours;
  4. Graduate is on active military duty; or
  5. Graduate is continuing education.

Also available at www.jrcert.org

Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require academic institutions to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment (GE) Programs, and about students who enrolled in those programs eligible for Title IV funding that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

Information on Gainful Employment  Disclosure for this program is available at:

Medical Dosimetry – Gainful Employment Disclosure

Last Updated March 23, 2021