Program Information

Top 5 reasons to attend WSU

  1. Tradition of Exceptional Medical Physics Training: Our graduate training program in medical physics dates back to the early 1970s, and rich heritage includes two graduate program directors who served as President of the AAPM.
  2. Access to State of the Art Clinical Facilities: Clinical facilities are provided within several large and prestigious hospital systems including an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.
  3. Distinguished Faculty: Our faculty brings a wide variety of clinical, research, and professional experience to the program that gives greater breadth and depth to the knowledge shared in the classroom and laboratory.
  4. Distinguished and Active Alumni: Nearly 1 out of every 20 members of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is a graduate of the WSU program, and our large network graduates serves as an excellent resource for students in making contacts that lead to clinical employment after graduation.
  5. Successful Placement of Graduates: Our rate of placement of graduates into medical physics residency positions is significantly higher than the national average for accredited programs.

The Wayne State University graduate programs in Medical Physics are among the most established and prestigious in North America.

Our continued commitment to excellence in medical physics training, research and clinical development helps us remain as one of the nation's premier medical physics groups. Our medical physics residency program was also one of the first in North America and our graduate students and residents have been the recipients of numerous awards for excellence.

Over the past 5 years, we have received an average of approximately 35 and 30 applicants to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs, respectively. Within that same time period, we have averaged 3 matriculating Ph.D. students from 4 offers and 5 matriculating M.S. students from 10 offers. 

Since 2009, we have placed over 70% of our graduates interested in entering residency training into clinical residency positions (69% for MS, 100% for PhD, and 57% for Graduate Certificate). This is in comparison to current averages of 28% and 53% for MS and PhD graduate placement into residency positions from all CAMPEP programs (see statistics at SDAMPP).  Most of the remaining graduates have accepted clinical and/or academic positions in medical physics. For complete graduate statistics for the WSU Medical Physics program, please click here.

The WSU Medical Physics graduate and certificate programs have a current enrollment of approximately 30 graduate students. Our students have a wide variety of educational backgrounds including physics, biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering, and computer science to name a few, but all have at least one thing in common – they are exceptional students. The academic credentials of our students are exceptional by any measure of academic statistics and more than one third of them already have at least one graduate degree prior to enrollment. Many of our students also bring substantial work experience including backgrounds as researchers, engineers, and medical professionals. The diverse educational and occupational backgrounds of our students help them learn from and challenge one another academically. Our world class students help make this a world class graduate program.

History of the Program