The Wayne State University graduate programs in Medical Physics are among the most established and prestigious in North America. Graduate training in medical physics at WSU dates back to the early 1970s, and the WSU M.S. and Ph.D. programs were among the first to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). Since then, over 300 WSU students have received either the degree of M.S. in Medical Physics or a Ph.D. in Medical Physics. WSU graduates are currently practicing at hospitals and academic centers throughout the world. In fact, nearly one out of every 25 members of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is a graduate of the WSU program.
Recently, Wayne State University became one of the first universities in North America to establish a certificate program in Medical Physics and also one of the first to develop a professional doctorate program (DMP). Our CAMPEP accredited Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics allows those holding a PhD in Physics to complete coursework necessary to be eligible for entry into medical physics residency programs. Our DMP program incorporates more than two years of clinical training in Radiation Oncology into the 90 credits of graduate study to create a well-trained and well-rounded clinical professional. The programs are administered through the WSU School of Medicine, Division of Radiation Oncology, and are based in the Karmanos Cancer Center. This provides students with both the academic facilities of the largest single-campus medical school in the country, and the clinical facilities of an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer care center. The WSU School of Medicine is also affiliated with the Henry Ford Health System, offering students access to additional clinical and academic resources. With an enrollment of 32,000 students, WSU is among the nation's 30-largest public universities. WSU's graduate enrollment is also one of the country's largest, with more than 14,000 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs.
Students in our graduate programs are trained in a clinical environment and work with the same equipment used by the professional medical physics staff to treat patients in our affiliated radiology and radiation oncology departments. Students have ample access to library and computing facilities, world-class faculty, and state-of-the-art clinical and laboratory facilities. Our programs are designed to produce graduates who are well prepared to enter clinical service and become board certified by the American Board of Radiology. Moreover, our graduates will become part of the next generation of health care professionals and researchers leading the advancement of the technological aspects of medical care.