Recent Program Statistics

Medical & Health Physics

Composited Program Statistics

In this section of our website, we provide some key composited statistics regarding our program, including for example data on admissions, graduations, and placement rates.  The composited statistics are provided separately for the following education programs:

  • MS in Medical Physics and Health Physics (Concentration in Medical Physics). This degree program is accredited by CAMPEP, Inc.
  • MS in Medical Physics and Health Physics (Concentration in Health Physics).
  • PhD in Physics (Concentration in Medical Physics). This degree program is accredited by CAMPEP, Inc.
  • Post-Doctoral Certificate Training Program in Medical Physics. This certificate program is accredited by CAMPEP, Inc.

For brevity, we only list composited statistics from 2007 onwards.  Yet it is noteworthy that the program has been conferring degrees since the early 1960’s, at which time the emphasis was on nuclear science. The focus shifted to health physics and then medical physics in the 1980’s.

Between 1980 and the present (June, 2020), 134 students completed the MS Degree in Medical Physics and Health Physics.  Of these, 115 earned their degree with a concentration in Medical Physics and 19 with a concentration in Health Physics.  From 2010 to the present, 13 have completed a PhD degree.  One student has completed the accredited post-doctoral certificate program.  The majority of our medical physics students pursue residency training after they complete their degree; our graduates have an exceptionally high placement rate.  Most of our medical physics students pass Part I of the American Board of Radiology professional certification examination during their studies at LSU.  Many of our current and former health physics students have pursued certification by the American Board of Health Physics.  The vast majority of our graduates are board certified.  In the tables below, the numbers of students who passed any part of a board certification exam includes currently enrolled and former students.

Our graduates have successfully found employment at prestigious institutions across the U.S., including Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Washington University, Mayo Clinic, Medical University of South Carolina, Loma Linda University, University of North Carolina, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, and others.


Table 1.  Composited statistics for the MS in Medical Physics and Health Physics (Medical Physics concentration) since 2007, when the degree program initially received accreditation.  The data listed in this table corresponds to students with a concentration in Medical Physics.  This is the CAMPEP-accredited track of our MS program (see Table 2 for statistics on the Health Physics track).

                                                                                                                                                          Initial Placement
Calendar Year No. of Applicants No. of Offers No. of Matriculants No. of Graduates No Passing Board Exam (any part) Residency Clinic MD or PhD Program Other
2007 36 7 4 6 13 - 6 - -
2008 63 7 5 4 6 - 3 1 -
2009 56 9 7 5 5 1 3 1 -
2010 60 8 6 4 1 - 2 1 1
2011 50 7 5 5 6 4 1 - -
2012 48 6 5 8 8 4 - 4 -
2013 46 8 4 7 6 4 - 1 2
2014 19 6 3 6 4 5 - - 1
2015 39 10 4 5 8 5 0 0 0
2016 43 9 4 3 4 3 0 0 0
2017 31 6 4 2   1 0 1 0
2018 27 8 5 5 3 0 0 2 0
2019 31 6 3 3 6 3 0 0 0

 

Table 2.  Composited statistics for the MS in Medical Physics and Health Physics (Health Physics concentration).  The data listed in this table corresponds only bto students with a concentration in Health Physics. 

                                                                                                                     Initial Placement
Calendar Year No. of Applicants No. of
Offers
No. of Matriculants No. of Graduates No. Passing
Board Exam
(any part)
Medical Center Government MD or PhD Program Other
2015     0 1   0 1 0 0
2016     1 0   0 0 0 0
2017     4 0   0 0 0 0
2018     0 0   0 0 0 0
2019 1 1 1 4 0 3 1 0 0

Note:  Data for years prior to 2019 are preliminary and complete data will be posted at a future time.  


 

Table 3.  Composited statistics for the PhD in Physics (concentration in Medical Physics) since 2011, the year the degree program received initial CAMPEP accreditation.

                                                                                                                                      Initial Placement
Calendar Year No. of
Applicants
No. of
Offers
No. of
Matriculants
No. of
Graduates
No. Passing
Board Exam
(any part)
Residency Clinic MD or PhD
Program
Other
2011 6 1 1 1 - 1 - - -
2012 13 2 2 - - - - - -
2013 33 4 2 - - - - - -
2014 37 4 3 - 2 - - - -
2015 39 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
2016 33 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
2017 31 3 2 1 - 0 0 0 1
2018 59 7 3 3 3 2 0 0 1
2019 31 4 1 3 2 2 0 0 1

 

Table 4.  Composited statistics for the Post-Doctoral Certificate Program in Medical Physics since 2014, the year the certificate program received initial CAMPEP accreditation.

                                                                                                                                                  Initial Placement
Calendar Year No. of
Applicants
No. of
Offers
No. of
Matriculants
No. of
Graduates
No. Passing
Board Exam
(any part)
 Residency Clinic MD or PhD
Program
Other
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2019 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0