Program Statistics

Since 1981, 121 students have completed the MS Program; two students have graduated in the PhD in Physics (Medical Physics concentration) since its inception in 2011. Our Fall 2016 enrollment was 11 MS students (8 medical physics & 3 health physics, including 4 women and 7 men) and 12 PhD students in medical physics (including 5 women and 7 men). Table 1 (MS Program) and Table 2 (PhD Program) summarize Program statistics from 2007 (since receiving initial CAMPEP accreditation for the MS program). These statistics include program admissions, board certification status, and initial employment following graduation. The number of offers listed refers to offers of admission; most admission offers included assistantship support. After graduation, our students have entered medical physics residency programs, continued their graduate education in MD or PhD programs, or directly entered the workforce.

Our strong curriculum, which includes substantial clinical experience and a research thesis, has helped our MS students to compete successfully for medical physics residency programs across the U.S. Graduates from the past several years have gone to residency programs at Washington University, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, CARTI (Little Rock, AR), and others, in addition to those who advanced into the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center residency program.

Our graduates have successfully found employment across the U.S. LSU medical physics alumni currently work at Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, Mayo Clinic, Medical University of South Carolina, Loma Linda University, University of North Carolina, and many other institutions.


Table 1. Statistics for MS degree in Medical Physics and Health Physics,

  Admissions Graduation and
Professional
Development
Initial Placement
Year # of
Applicants
# of
Offers
# of
Matriculants
# of
Graduates
# passing
Board Exam
(any part)
Residency Clinic MD or PhD
Program
Other
2007 36 7 4 6 13 - 6 - -
2008 63 7 5 4 6 - 3 1 -
2009 56 9 7 5 5 1 3 1 -
2010 60 8 6 4 1 - 2 1 1
2011 50 7 5 5 6 4 1 - -
2012 48 6 5 8 8 4 - 4 -
2013 46 8 4 7 6 4 - 1 2
2014 19 6 3 6 4 5 - - 1
2015 39 10 4 5 8 5 0 0 0
2016 43 9 4 3 4* 3 0 0 0

 *Preliminary – data being collected

Table 2. Statistics for PhD degree in Medical Physics

  Admissions Graduation and
Professional
Development
Initial Placement
Year # of
Applicants
# of
Offers
# of
Matriculants
# of
Graduates
# passing
Board Exam
(any part)
Residency Clinic MD or PhD
Program
Other
2007 2 1 1 - - - - - -
2008 6 0 - - - - - - -
2009 23 0 - - - - - - -
2010 4 0 - - 1 - - - -
2011 6 1 1 1 - 1 - - -
2012 13 2 2 - - - - - -
2013 33 4 2 - - - - - -
2014 37 4 3 - 2 - - - -
2015 39 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
2016 33 2 2 0 2* 0 0 0 0

 *Preliminary – data being collected

Notes:

  1. For students admitted from 2013 through 2016, undergraduate majors included
    a. MS degree: physics (80%), engineering (20%), or other disciplines (0%)
    b. PhD degree: physics (75%), engineering (25%), or other disciplines (0%)
  2. For students admitted from 2013 through 2016, mean undergraduate grade point averages and GRE scores were
    a. MS degree: GPA = 3.58; GRE-Q = 159.67; GRE-V = 154.08
    b. PhD degree: GPA = 3.67; GRE-Q = 163.99; GRE-V = 158.25
  3. For students who graduated in the last five years, the average time to complete degree requirements was
    a. MS degree: 2.96 years
    b. PhD degree: 4.93 years

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