Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics

The University of Pennsylvania’s Certificate Program in Medical Physics offers a pathway for individuals who have earned a Ph.D. in physics or a related field (e.g., engineering, computer science, or physical chemistry with a strong physics minor) to enter a CAMPEP-accredited residency program in medical physics that will provide the clinical experience required for certification by the American Board of Radiology.

Penn’s Medical Physics certificate program is one of only six accredited programs in the United States and Canada. The program is a partnership among the departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine (ranked as the number-two research medical school in America by U.S. News & World Report), which includes the Roberts Proton Therapy Center; the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Bioengineering in the school of Engineering and Applied Science. The program is fully accredited by CAMPEP, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs.

The Curriculum

Penn’s CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Certificate Program will offer participants a curriculum based on the recommendations of AAPM report #197S. Coursework will include radiological physics, radiation protection, medical imaging, medical ethics/government regulation, anatomy and physiology, radiobiology, and the physics of radiation therapy. Students will complete a total of 6 CUs (18 semester hours) over the course of two semesters.

Fall semester courses

MMP 501: Introduction to Radiation Protection
MMP 507/BE 583: Physics of Molecular and Medical Imaging
MMP 511: Image-Based Anatomy (as required by the ABR)
PHYS 582: Medical Radiation Engineering
MMP 525: Introductory Practicum (non-credit seminar course)

Spring semester courses

MMP 502: Medical Ethics/Governmental Regulation
MMP 506: Physics of Radiation Therapy
MMP 512: Radiation Biology (as required by the ABR)
MMP 526: Introductory Practicum II (non-credit seminar course)

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Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics:
19-2012 Physicists
Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories. Excludes "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).

Broad Occupation: 19-2010 Astronomers and Physicists
Minor Group: 19-2000 Physical Scientists
Major Group: 19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

Program Costs
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the program costs are available at:

Completion Rate
2012-13 was the inaugural year for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics, which saw a 100% completion rate (2/2). 

Job Placement
There was 100% placement rate for graduates (2/2) of the inaugural year in 2012-2013. 
Median Loan Debt Incurred
There was no reported loan debt for the 2012-2013 stand-alone certificate students.


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