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FAU Offers Medical Physics Graduate Certificate Program

                BOCA RATON, FL (August 20, 2009) – The department of physics within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University has partnered with Boca Raton Community Hospital to offer students a Medical Physics Graduate Certificate Program (MPGCP). Focused on preparing students who are interested in developing a career in a health-related field and/or an advanced degree in medical physics, the certificate is a 12-credit hour interdisciplinary graduate program combined with a three-credit hour prerequisite.

            “Medical physicists play an ever-increasing role in delivering the highly technical therapies that are offered in modern hospitals and clinics. As the population continues to grow, the medical facilities in the FAU service area are multiplying,” said Dr. Theodora Leventouri, professor of physics. “The department of physics has begun the education of medical physicists with a certificate program which will develop into a professional master’s degree.”

            Medical physics is an applied branch of physics devoted to the application of concepts and methods from physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.  Career paths typically include roles as a radiation therapy physicist, diagnostic medical physicist, nuclear medical physicist, as well as a health physicist or work in the field of research and academia.

            The Lynn Cancer Institute of the Boca Raton Community Hospital, the Cancer Institute at the FAU Research Park and the Wellington Regional Medical Center will assist FAU’s department of physics in providing the necessary facilities for students’ achievement of experience in the practice of radiation therapy. 

            “We are proud to partner with FAU for this very worthwhile program,” said Tim Williams, MD, medical director of radiation oncology at Boca Raton Community Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Institute. “Medical Physics plays an integral role in cancer research and treatment, and at the Lynn Cancer Institute, we are committed to providing resources to further educate students interested in this field of medicine.”

            In addition to the 15-credit hours, the MPGCP also requires completion of the Master’s of Science with a major in physics requirements.  Students with a Bachelor’s of Science in physics, physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering may apply for admission to the regular graduate program of the physics department if interested in the MPGCP.

            For more information on the certificate program, contact Dr. Theodora Leventouri at 561-297-2695 or leventou@fau.edu .

-FAU-

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