As stated on the ABR website, to be eligible for Part 1 of the ABR Examination, applicants “must be enrolled in and in good standing with, or have graduated from, a CAMPEP-accredited program,” which specifically includes CAMPEP-accredited certificate programs like Columbia’s.
Furthermore, prior to taking Part 2 of the ABR Examination, applicants are required to have completed a two-year residency in medical physics which consists of a clinical and an academic component. By successfully completing Columbia’s non-degree certificate program an applicant will have satisfied the academic component already.
This part-time program requires satisfactory completion of six of the following courses:
APPH E4500 Health physics
APPH E4600 Fundamentals of radiological physics and radiation dosimetry
APPH E4330 Radiobiology for medical physicists
APPH E6319 Clinical nuclear medicine physics
OR APPH E6330 Diagnostic radiology physics
APPH E6335 Radiation therapy physics
OR APPH E6336 Advanced topics in radiation therapy
- APBM E4650 Anatomy for physicists and engineers.
Certificate students are allowed to waive a course based on prior equivalent academic work but another 3-point course must be substituted for the waived course.
Doctoral degree in physics, applied physics, or one of the physical sciences is required. An applicant who was not a physics major as an undergraduate, or who does not have an advanced degree in physics, must have taken physics training at least equivalent to a minor. This training must include at least three upper level physics courses, which, if taken after completion of the undergraduate degree, must have been taken at an accredited four-year college. Completion of course prerequisites is also required.
When appropriate, certificate program requirements are updated to conform to guidelines set by CAMPEP and by policies set by the ABR.
Applicants must submit an online application and a separate Application Agreement.
The application deadline for fall admission is August 1st.
Applications are available online at:
Graduate Student Affairs: Online application
On the “Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics” drop down menu, follow the instructions for NEW APPLICANT. Under degree level, please select “OTHER” and under program level select “MEDICAL PHYSICS CERTIFICATE.”
The Application Agreement must be signed and returned to the Office of Graduate Student Services, 530 S.W. Mudd.
Applicants are asked to inform the Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org following the submission of an online application.
Because Columbia’s online application system is usually changed in July from the current admissions cycle to the next one, applicants for the Certificate Program who apply in July, must contact the Medical Physics Program Coordinator email@example.com.