To meet the ongoing demand of university hospitals, clinics, and industry for medical physicists trained in research and clinical medical physics, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a concentration in Medical Physics for its Ph.D. in Physics degree. The Ph.D. degree program provides students with
The Ph.D. curriculum requires a core medical physics component of 11 courses (27 credit hours), a course in human anatomy (3 credit hours), 9 credit hours of advanced medical physics courses, 6 hours of outside electives, and research credit hours as recommended by the student’s supervisory committee. Students must complete a written Qualifying Exam, an oral General Exam (typically the dissertation proposal), and a Final Examination / oral Dissertation Defense. Students are required to complete a dissertation based on hypothesis-driven research. Dissertation research should begin by the end of the second year and typically requires approximately 3 years of effort. The results of the dissertation are expected to result in multiple publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The full program of study is expected to take 5 years for the typical Ph.D. student.
The Ph.D. Program is designed for individuals who wish to be educated in medical physics with emphasis in research. The Program’s objective is to provide a general knowledge of medical physics along with research training in a particular subfield of medical physics. The Ph.D. degree will prepare the student for:
Students pursuing a clinical 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.