Graduate Studies in Medical Physics
Department of Chemical and
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
The University of New Mexico Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and the School of Medicine Department of Radiology have united to create a Master of Science in Chemical/Nuclear Engineering with a concentration in Medical Physics. The program is administered through the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. The University of New Mexico Master of Science Program in Medical Physics received its accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP) in December of 2009.
Until further notice, the Medical Physics option of the Nuclear Engineering MS graduate program will not be accepting new applicants. Other options in the Nuclear Engineering graduate program are still open. Information on these programs still accepting applications can be obtained at the ChNE web site.
In most cases, students entering the program have the necessary prerequisites so little leveling is required. However, in addition to the prerequisites listed above, a course in differential equations such as: Math 316 - Ordinary Differential Equations is required. This may be taken during the summer or the first fall semester.
There are 39 hours required for the Masters in Nuclear Engineering with a concentration in the Medical Physics Option. There are no electives in this curriculum. The M.S. degree does not require a thesis.
The Graduate School requires a Master's Comprehensive Examination that can be either written or oral, or both. For this program, this will be a written and oral comprehensive exam in the area of medical radiation physics. It will cover material from the core classes and experience acquired through the practicum.
In addition to the qualifying examination, a student wishing to obtain a Master’s degree must complete the department’s course requirements as well as the residence requirement of the Graduate School (two full-time semesters).
For the University, a student must maintain a GPA of a least 3.0 in all courses taken for graduate credit. A student is placed on probation after 2 NC/F's and will be removed from the program if a third NC or F is received. For this program, the student maintains at least a 3.3 GPA in all courses that apply towards the degree.
Some teaching assistant positions and research assistance positions may be available and are awarded on a semester basis to graduate students. These appointments are usually at the level of one-third time.
All medical physics graduate students should consider becoming a student
member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The
following is a link to their application page.
Take some time to browse the AAPM website to learn about the association.