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Graduate Studies Calendar 2019-2020 Program Descriptions Physics and Astronomy PHAS Diploma and Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics
Diploma and Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics
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Location: Science B, Room 605
Program number: 403.220.3617
Fax: 403.289.3331
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1. Credentials Offered

Postdoctoral Diploma in Radiation Oncology Physics

Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Science requirements, the Department requires:

a) A University of Calgary Honours background in Physics, Engineering Physics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, or equivalent.

b) For some applicants, a satisfactory score on the Advanced Physics Graduate Record Examination.

c) All applicants for whom English is not their first language must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 86 on the Internet-based exam. For the IELTS examination (academic version), the minimum acceptable score is 6.5. This requirement can also be met by completing Tier III of the International Foundations Program with a minimum grade of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "C" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "C" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III.

d) Two reference letters.

Postdoctoral Diploma in Radiation Oncology Physics

In addition, applicants must possess a PhD from a CAMPEP accredited graduate program or equivalent and an appointment as an Associate Medical Physicist by the Alberta Health Services.

Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics

In addition, applicants must possess a PhD in Physics, Medical Physics, Biophysics, or Biomedical Engineering. Applicants with PhDs in sciences other than those listed above may consult with the department regarding possible admission. A minimum GPA of 3.50 over an applicant's last 60 units of course work is required before an applicant may be considered for admission; however, exceptional students with extenuating circumstances may be considered.

3. Application Deadline

Application deadlines are available on the Future Students website.

Postdoctoral Diploma in Radiation Oncology Physics:

Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics:

4. Advanced Credit

Postdoctoral Diploma in Radiation Oncology Physics: Advanced credit is not given.

Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics: Credit for a maximum of 3 units may be given. See Advanced Credit.

5. Program/Course Requirements

Postdoctoral Diploma in Radiation Oncology Physics

Eighteen units consisting of Medical Physics 711, 712, 721, 722, 731, and 741.

Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics

The program requirements consist of Medical Physics 623, 625, 633, 637, 638, 639 and Medical Physics 632. The semester schedule below is for full-time students:

Medical Physics 623
Medical Physics 638 
Medical Physics 639 

Medical Physics 625
Medical Physics 632
Medical Physics 633
Medical Physics 637
Ethics and Errors – offered not for credit

No substitutions accepted.

Graduation requires successful completion of all required courses with a minimum grade of "B".

6. Additional Requirements

Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics: Regular attendance at Radiation Oncology Rounds, Grand Rounds and non-credit training sessions such as the Ethics and Errors course (winter term).

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

No credit will be given for undergraduate-level courses.

8. Time Limits

Expected completion time is two years for the Postdoctoral Diploma program and 8 months (two terms) for the Postdoctoral Certificate program.

9. Supervisory Assignments

Postdoctoral Diploma in Radiation Oncology Physics: Registrants are supervised by the Director of Medical Physics or designate, Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics: All students will be supervised by the Postdoctoral certificate co-ordinator or delegate co-ordinator for the duration of their program.

10. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is not available for these programs.