Medical Physics (DMP)

The Doctor of Medical Physics program aims to enhance and standardize clinical training for medical physicists. Whereas the medical physics doctorate program (Ph.D.) offered at UTHSCSA prepares the students for a research career in medical physics, the DMP is a professional degree that prepares the students for a clinical career in the either imaging or therapeutic medical physics. 

This four year degree program is similar in structure to other professional degrees, such as the M.D., D.D.S., DVM, in that it combines a didactic and clinical training curriculum throughout the four years of studies. A student is admitted to either the imaging or the therapy track and has to stay in that track for the duration of their studies.

We strongly encourage the prospective students to arrange for observation time with practicing imaging and therapy medical physicists prior to applying for the DMP. Such experience will give them a better understanding of the line of work of a medical physicist in either discipline and will help them become more specific as they fill out their application.

The DMP is an interdisciplinary program that is housed in the Graduate School and is administered through the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology with faculty from both departments contributing to the didactic and clinical training. The table below shows a comparison between the graduate program in radiological sciences and the DMP program. 

Prospective students should review the table to get a better understanding of the differences between the two programs, especially as it relates to student financial support and the preparedness for the American Board of Radiology certification (residency).

Degree Program
Study Years
3 to 5
Stipend Offered
*Yes No
Program Focus
Research Clinical with minor in research
Residency Included
No Yes
Eligibility for Certification             
No; Student has to compete for a 2 year residency position after graduating with a PhD.

*Pending Funds Availability.

If you are interested in the Ph.D. program, please visit the Radiological Sciences web site. To read an article about a recent graduate, click here

Please note that the DMP program is different from the Ph.D. program. The two programs have separate applications, deadlines and admission requirements.


*Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Physical Science, or Engineering (with the equivalent of a minor in physics) from an accredited college or university. 

*Science Prerequisites: Applicants must have undergraduate credit for the following courses: 

1) Biology: One semester of general biology; 

2) Chemistry: One semester of general chemistry; 

3) One semester of Human Anatomy OR Physiology;

4) Physics: Include at a minimum Modern Physics, Modern Physics Lab, Electricity & Magnetism, Classical Mechanics, and Quantum Mechanics; 

5) Mathematics: Through calculus and ordinary differential equations; 

6) Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Science (one semester).

*The successful candidate should have a minimum undergraduate GPA score of 3.0 or a B average.
*Scores for the general GRE.
*The GRE Advanced Physics Exam is not required but is recommended.
*Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting results of both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English (TSE) exams.

Financial Aid

As with all professional degrees, there is no teaching or research assistantships offered to the students. There are two levels of tuition fees:

*In state tuition applies to those students that are Texas residents. The tuition is approximately $21,000/year. For an exact figure refer to the financial aid web site.

*Out of state tuition applies to all international students and those that are not Texas residents. The tuition is approximately $36,000/year. For an exact figure refer to the financial aid web site.

For information on financial aid and/or student loans, please contact the  Student Financial Services Office

Residency Questionnaire - The determination of residency classification for admission and tuition purposes is governed by status enacted by the Texas Legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The questionnaire is used to determine whether a current student or applicant is a resident or nonresident of Texas. The decision is used to determine status of tuition and admission. 


For a list of program graduate faculty, click here.


Therapy Track
Imaging Track

Contact Information:

Nikos Papanikolaou, Ph.D.
Program Director, Professional Doctorate Medical Physics (DMP)
Professor, Radiation Oncology

Patricia P. Candia, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

Application Deadline:
Fall/December 31

March 1 - The Program Committee will review the applications and make a decision.
March 15 - Candidates will be notified on their admission status.