To meet increasing demand by hospitals, clinics, and industry for trained medical physicists, LSU's Department of Physics & Astronomy offers a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Medical Physics. This degree is CAMPEP-accredited. The M.S. degree program seeks to train students for a career in clinical medical physics, including successful completion of professional certification exams by the American Board of Radiology or similar boards. Students graduating from the medical physics concentration are well prepared to enter a medical physics residency program or to continue their training in a PhD program.
Students spend their first year learning the fundamentals of medical physics: radiation detection and instrumentation, radiation protection, radiation biology, and additional topics. In the second year, in additional to completing advanced courses in medical physics, medical physics students apply the knowledge gained in the classroom through a clinical training practicum, working side-by-side with medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, and radiation oncologists at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.
Students in the medical physics concentration complete a thesis based on hypothesis-driven research during their second and third years. Thesis research culminates in a public presentation and thesis defense. The results of the thesis are expected to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The Medical Physics concentration of the M.S. Program is designed for individuals who wish to be educated in clinical medical physics. The Program’s objective is to provide clinical and research training in Medical Physics, which give the student opportunity to prepare for advanced training in a clinical physics residency program. M.S. Program graduates are well prepared for:
Students pursuing a clinical medical physics career should expect to acquire comprehensive clinical training through a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency program. Most medical physicists pursue ABR professional certification exam in medical physics; M.S. in medical physics students typically take Part I of the ABR exam at the end of their second year of graduate study. Since 2014, eligibility for the American Board of Radiology Part 2 or Part 3 examinations in medical physics requires that candidates must have completed a CAMPEP-accredited residency program.
The MS degree with concentration in medical physics requires 36 credit hours of course work and clinical work, in addition to a minimum of six hours of thesis research. This degree can be completed within 3 years. Consult the LSU General Catalog for specific degree requirements, course descriptions, and related information.
The typical medical physics student completes the following courses during the graduate program (credits hours are listed for each course). Additional special topics and elective courses are available. Although not counted towards degree requirements, a course in human anatomy is necessary for eligibility to sit for the American Board of Radiology certification exam in radiological physics.