PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Thank you for your interest in the Medical Dosimetry Program at Suffolk University.  We are excited to let you know that we are converting the program from a post-baccalaureate certificate to a Master's degree!  This change will be effective with students enrolling in the fall of 2019.  

The 21-month program consists of a combination of classroom work and clinical hands-on experience through clinical rotation at our affiliates. Students with an undergraduate degree in Radiation Therapy may be able to waive all courses in the first semester and complete the program in 17 months. 


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements and submit requested materials by the stated deadlines to be considered foradmission.

  1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. All post-secondary work is considered. Although a 3.0 GPA is the minimum, the average GPA of accepted students is higher.
  2. Prerequiste Coursework: Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents with a C or higher: Biology w/ lab, Anatomy & Physiology I & II w/ labs, Calculus I, and Physics I& II w/ labs. Applicants in the process of completing prerequisite courses are encouraged to apply and acceptance into the program will be contingent upon satisfactor completion of all courses by summer 2019.
  3. Shadow Experience: At least 4 hours of documented shadow experience in Medical Dosimetry at a hospital of your choice. The shaodow consists of you observing a medical dosimetrist at work to assure your suitability for the career you are pursuing.  If you need help setting up a shadow, please use our shadow request form which can be found along with instructions at this link. The program will ask for feedback on your shadow so please send an email to medicaldosimetry@suffolk.edu after the shadow with the following information: Name of dosimetrist(s) shadowed, their contact information (email address & phone number), facility name, date of shadow & duration of shadow.


APPLICATION INFORMATION

  1. Applications are processed through Suffolk Graduate Admissions an can be accessed at this link. 
  2. Official transcripts for undergraduate coursework.
  3.  Contact information of two (2) professors or supervisors who can provide letters of recommendation (personal references are not acceptable).
  4. Resume/CV.
  5. Goal statement and essay: Please outline your reasons for applying to the program. Include a candid analysis of professional objectives, both long- and short-term, and indicate how the graduate program to which you are applying will help you achieve them. There is no minimum or maximum length for this statement; however, one to two pages is usually sufficient.
  6. Interview and math assessment:  An interview will be offered to competitive applicants. Knowledge of the profession and personal career goals will be evaluated at this time and a basic math assessment will also be administered.

It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants contact the program early in the application process so we can answer any questions and provide guidance on pending prerequisites as applicable.  


CURRICULUM

The curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and practical skills required for entry level dosimetry positions. Through a combination of didactic coursework and clinical instruction at our affiliates, students gain hands-on experience under the supervision of board-certified dosimetrists and physicists. Our clinical affiliates include Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MGH Newton Wellesley, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center, and MGH North Shore Cancer Center.  Some clinical sites are not easily accessible via public transportation so students assigned to those sites must provide their own transportation.  


COURSE SCHEDULE

The curriculum is completed in sequence and there is no provision for part-time or evening-only enrollment.  Students without an undergraduate degree in Radiation Therapy will enroll in the fall leveling semester and complete 55 credits of coursework.  Students with an undergraduate degree in Radiation Therapy may be eligible for waiver of all first-semester courses (subject to course waiver policy) and will enroll in the following spring semester to complete 39 credits of coursework. 

The plan below demonstrates the current program sequence:


YEAR 1 FALL** (**Required for students without a background in Radiation Therapy)

RAD 206- Introduction to Radiation Oncology (4)

RAD 315- Radiation Physics I (3)

RAD L315- Radiation Physics I Lab (1)

RAD 420- Radiation Oncology & Pathology (4)

RAD 422- Radiology (4)

 Total (16)


YEAR 1 SPRING

MDO 615- Treatment Planning I (3)

MDO L615- Treatment Planning I Lab (1)

MDO 710 – Medical Dosimetry Practicum I (3)

MDO 711- Radiobiology for the Medical Dosimetrist (1)

MDO 712- Computing & Networking (1)

MDO 713 – Protocols & Operational Issues (3)

Total (12)


SUMMER

MDO 714- Medical Dosimetry Internship (3)

Total (3)


YR 2 FALL

MDO 720- Medical Dosimetry Practicum II (3)

MDO 721- Treatment Planning II (3)

MDO 722 – Dosimetry Research Methods I (3)

MDO 723 – Brachytherapy for the Medical Dosimetrist (3)

 Total (12)


YEAR 2 SPRING

MDO 730- Medical Dosimetry Practicum III (3)

MDO 731- Quality Assurance in Radiation Oncology (3)

MDO 732 – Medical Dosimetry Seminar (3)

MDO 733 – Research Methods II (3)

Total (12)


Please provide your contact information below so you can be added to our email distribution list.  We will be contacting all applicants once our website has been updated with additional program information. If you have any questions at all, you may enter them in the form below or you can also send an email to medicaldosimetry@suffolk.edu.  Thank you once again for your interest in our program and we appreciate your patience during this transition period.


Sincerely,


Suffolk Medical Dosimetry Program



Please upload your required shadow paperwork ahead of your scheduled shadow date. 


Required documents:


- Occupational Health Attestation including current season flu shot documentation- this must be filled out and signed by a healthcare provider

- Immunization Records

- Observer Agreement

- Standards of Behavior Agreement

- Partners Confidentiality Statement

- Sexual Harassment Policy

- Drug-Free Workplace Statement

- Non-Employee Health Insurance Requirements


In addition, you will need to acknowledge having read the following polices that are embedded in the next section:


- Student Clinic Shadow Policy

- Clinical Shadow Dress Code Policy





Thank you,

Suffolk Radiation Science


All Medical Dosimetry Certificate applicants must complete a clinical shadow experience before applying, however it is recommended that applicants complete a shadow in advance as soon as they identify an interest in applying to the program.  This will require at least 4 hours of your time and consists of observing certified Medical Dosimetrists at work to assure your suitability for the career you are pursuing. 

Applicants are encouraged to complete the shadow experience at a nearby medical institution of their choice by contacting the Radiation Oncology Department and requesting a Medical Dosimetry shadow. If you need assistance scheduling a clinical shadow, the Suffolk Radiation Science Program can also arrange a shadow at one of our local hospital affiliates. 

Please complete this form in its entirety in order to receive assistance with coordinating a clinic shadow.

After your clinical shadow is complete, the program will request feedback from the individual(s) with whom you shadowed. 


Thank you,
Suffolk Radiation Science




All Radiation Therapy applicants must complete a clinical shadow experience before applying, however it is recommended that applicants complete a shadow in advance as soon as they identify an interest in applying to the program. This will require at least 2 hours of your time and consists of observing ARRT registered Radiation Therapists at work to assure your suitability for the career you are pursuing. 

Applicants are encouraged to complete the shadow experience at a nearby medical institution of their choice by contacting the Radiation Oncology Department and requesting a Radiation Therapy shadow. If you need assistance scheduling a clinical shadow, the Suffolk Radiation Science Program can also arrange a shadow at one of our local hospital affiliates. 

Please complete this form in its entirety in order to receive assistance with coordinating a clinic shadow. 

After your clinical shadow is complete, the program will request feedback from the individual(s) with whom you shadowed. 

Please upload your required radiation therapy clinical shadow paperwork here and ensure it is legible.  

Lastly, please indicate in this form what size lab coat you need for the shadow.


Thank you,

Suffolk Radiation Science


 Please upload your required shadow paperwork ahead of your scheduled shadow date. 

Required documents:


- Occupational Health Attestation including current season flu shot documentation- this must be filled out and signed by a healthcare provider

- Immunization Records

- Observer Agreement

- Standards of Behavior Agreement

- Partners Confidentiality Statement

- Sexual Harassment Policy

- Drug-Free Workplace Statement

- Non-Employee Health Insurance Requirements

In addition, you will need to acknowledge having read the following polices that are embedded in the next section:

- Student Clinic Shadow Policy

- Clinical Shadow Dress Code Policy


Thank you,

Suffolk Radiation Science

Hello,

If you have received this message, you have been asked to provide a recommendation letter for an individual who has submitted an application for Suffolk University's Radiation Therapy Program. Please create a temporary account via our submission management portal in order to upload a PDF letter that demonstrates your honest assessment of the candidate's:

- Academic skills (if applicable)
- Written & verbal communication skills
- Work ethic
- Punctuality
- Quality of interactions with professors, fellow students, and/or employees
- Any other pertinent information


Thank you for your time and consideration,
Suffolk Radiation Science

Thank you for your interest in Suffolk University's Radiation Therapy Program.  Please fill out the application form to apply. Once submitted, you will receive an auto-notification that your submission was successful. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Suffolk UniversityRadiation Therapy at 617-973-5315 or radiationtherapy@suffolk.edu 



In order to access the application, please create an account login below - or if you already have an account, please sign in. You may view the application without submitting, as well as you may start the application and resume your progress before finalizing. Please note that you must click on the Submit button at the end of the page to finalize your application

Thank you for your interest in Suffolk University's Radiation Therapy Program.  Please fill out this application form to apply.  Once submitted, you will receive an auto-notification that your submission was successful.  If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Suffolk University Radiation Therapy at 617-973-5315 or radiationtherapy@suffolk.edu.

In order to access the application, please create an account log in below - or if you already have an account, please sign in.  You may view the application without submitting, as well as you may start the application and resume your progress before finalizing.  Please note that you must click on the Submit button at the end of the page to finalize your application.  




 

Dear Students,

I hope you are enjoying the summer and are ready for the challenges that lie ahead of you in the next 2 years. 

This is an electronic package containing several policies related to the Radiation Therapy program that I must have you read, electronically sign, and submit by August, 1, 2018.  This will be added to your academic file so please review all the policies carefully before signing them. Additionally, please follow the directions provided below regarding submitting documentation for background checks and immunization verification.

Background Checks

Background check forms must be filled out completely and signed then uploaded. Additionally, you will need to attach a photocopy of your current driver’s license or other government issued photo ID.  This will enable you to receive clearance from the hospital, acquire an ID badge, and rotate through the clinic sites.

Directions: To download the required forms, please use the following dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/186vn3ewafag1lo/AAAtNzRSWfNAiVFHaLM8pizfa?dl=0

Print each attachment.

  1. Scan a Government Issued Photographic Identification. Acceptable file types pdf, doc, docx, jpg, gif, png.
  2. Read and sign or complete the following forms:  Release & Authorization (background check form 1), Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Form (background check form 2), Disclosure & Acknowledgement, and BWH ID Form.
  3. Scan all completed/signed documents, and save each file separately.

Electronic Form Completion & Submission of Background Check Forms:

Enter your First Name, Last Name and 2018 as the title for your submission and fill out the online form in its entirety.  Attach the following scanned documents in the appropriate section as noted.

  1. Government-issued photographic identification
  2. Suffolk University Disclosure & Acknowledgement
  3. Suffolk University Release & Authorization (background check form 1)
  4. Suffolk University Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Form (background check form 2)
  5. BWH I.D. Badge Form

Please note: All components of this form must be completed and scanned documents should be completely legible. This form can be saved and returned to, it does not have to be completed and submitted in one sitting. All electronicallysigned documents and the background check forms should be submitted at one time no later than July 28, 2018.


Immunization Documents

Please follow the instructions sent by the Suffolk University Counseling Health & Wellness Center and submit documentation of the following by August 1, 2018:

  1. MMR
  2. Tetanus
  3. Diphtheria
  4. Hepatitis B
  5. Varicella (Chicken Pox)

The immunization documentation should be submitted to Suffolk University Counseling, Health & Wellness Center either electronically to health@suffolk.edu or fax to 617-305-1745. *Please be sure to add your Suffolk ID to any submission.

Once enrolled in the program, you will be notified during the fall semester about when to receive a seasonal influenza vaccination as well as a tuberculosis test (TB test/PPD).

If you have any questions about submission of required documents, or any of the requested information, please get in touch with:

Lisa Crouse, Radiation Therapy Clinical Coordinator as soon as possible. lcrouse@suffolk.edu

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to working with you in the fall!

Sincerely,

Jessica Mak

 

Program Director, Radiation Science

For current Suffolk undergraduate students with a sophomore or higher academic status, please indicate if you are planning to apply to the Radiation Therapy Program during the fall of 2018 for the 2019 admission period.  Admitted students will begin the Radiation Therapy Program in the fall of 2019.  Applications for the Fall 2019 Entry are due by 12/1/2018 for the first round of interviews in February 2019.


Students will have the following options to indicate their intent to apply this fall:

- Yes

- No 

- Maybe 


Additionally, students who are planning to apply will be able to indicate their radiation therapy shadow availability for November and December during days that Suffolk University is open (i.e. shadows will not occur on evenings, weekends, or holidays).


This submission is due by Friday, 10/30/2018.


Thank you,

Suffolk Radiation Science


Suffolk Radiation Science