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FAQs: CAMPEP-Accredited Certificate Program

  1. Is this program CAMPEP- accredited?

    Yes, the Certificate program is accredited by CAMPEP.

  2. How do I know if I am eligible for this program?

    Applicants to the certificate program should meet the CAMPEP Graduate Program Admissions requirements identified in Section 3 of the Standards. Specifically Certificate Program applicants must have completed a PhD in Physics or "a closely related discipline". In addition, applicants shall have a strong foundation in basic physics. This shall be demonstrated either by an undergraduate or graduate degree in physics, or by a degree in an engineering discipline or another of the physical sciences and with coursework that is the equivalent of a minor in physics (i.e., one that includes at least three upper-level undergraduate physics courses that would be required for a physics major).

  3. How is the program offered at UCLA?

    The Certificate program is offered through the UCLA extension office. However, all classes and laboratories are taught in conjunction with the CAMPEP-accredited graduate program (same instructors, same class meeting times, same labs, same exams, etc.).

  4. What are the costs for the program?

    The cost is $3500 per course. There are 6 courses so that the entire cost can be up to $21,000. There is also a $200 fee (charged by extension) for the Certificate which is due upon completion. The fees for the courses are only due when the individual courses are being taken (the entire cost is not paid up front).

  5. Do you offer financial aid?

    While we wish that we had those resources available, we do not have the ability to provide any financial aid, loans or TA slots.

  6. How long does it take to complete the program?

    The program is designed to be completed in one academic year, though some Certificate students elect to spread the courses (and costs) over more than one year. This can be done, but must be done with permission of the program.

  7. What are the courses that must be taken and when are they taught?

    There are 6 courses that are required to meet the Certificate program requirements and they are:


    Fall Quarter
    1. PB MED 205 Physics of Diagnostic Radiology
    2. PB MED 216 Fundamentals of Dosimetry
    3. PB MED 218 Radiological Functional Anatomies

    Winter Quarter
    1. PB MED 200A Physics and Chemistry of Nuclear Medicine
    2. PB MED 204 Introductory Radiation Biology

    Spring Quarter
    1. PB MED 203 Physic of Radiation Therapy

  8. Can I waive or test out of some these courses?

    According to the CAMPEP Policy and Procedures section H.01.04, this is possible, but limited to two courses: "Students admitted to a certificate program may be granted credit for previously- completed courses addressing up to two sections (Sections 8.1-8.6 of the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Educational Program in Medical Physics), assessed as equivalent to those courses within the certificate program by the certificate program director. Additional courses must be completed while enrolled in the certificate program."

  9. Is your program offered online?

    All lectures are offered through WebEx to allow for distance learning/remote participation. However, all laboratory exercises are required to be performed in person with our faculty at UCLA. Some Certificate students have traveled to LA from other places to participate in the labs. We recognize this is time consuming and expensive, but we do not have an alternative at the moment (though we are working on some). The labs required are listed below (NOTE that there are no labs in the courses offered in Winter quarter):


    Fall Quarter
    1. PB MED 205 Physics of Diagnostic Radiology - 6 labs
    2. PB MED 216 Fundamentals of Dosimetry - 3 labs
      (usually done in coordination with PB MED 205 to be done on consecutive nights)
    3. PB MED 218 Radiological Functional Anatomies - 0 labs

    Winter Quarter
    1. PB MED 200A Physics and Chemistry of Nuclear Medicine - 0 labs
    2. PB MED 204 Introductory Radiation Biology - 0 labs

    Spring Quarter
    1. PB MED 203 Physic of Radiation Therapy - 3 labs


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