Aspiring medical dosimetrists should first pursue a bachelor's degree program in radiation therapy, or a closely related field such as biology, microbiology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, or premed.
The preparation timeline below provides an example premed undergraduate curriculum:
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The educational program to become a medical dosimetrist is rigorous. It requires a thorough understanding of the effects of cancer on the body and how radiation is used as a treatment for cancerous cells.
A medical dosimetrist must be able to calculate the exact dose of radiation needed to achieve the objectives of the treatment plan. Higher-level math is required to accurately calculate dosages.
Computer-generated models must be used to visualize bodily structures, thus requiring an ability to accurately interpret these images.
A medical dosimetrist must learn all about the equipment used in radiation therapy and the proper techniques to deliver radiation treat in a safe manner.
Protecting the safety of the patient and other medical personnel is paramount. Classroom education as well as clinical practice is included in the program of study.
Medical dosimetrists must pass an examination and meet continuing education requirements in order to maintain certification through the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB).