Certificate Programs

Accreditation of a certificate program in medical physics is recognition that the program conforms to CAMPEP standards. These standards are set such that the certificate program will equip alternative pathway applicants to medical physics residency programs with appropriate graduate level medical physics coursework preparation.

A certificate program must address all the topics in the graduate curriculum identified in Section 8 of the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Educational Programs in Medical Physics..

Only CAMPEP-accredited graduate programs and residency programs within accredited colleges or universities may apply for certificate training programs in medical physics.

Students enrolled in these certificate programs must have a PhD in physics or a related discipline and shall comply with existing CAMPEP-approved undergraduate physics coursework requirements as specified in the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Educational Programs in Medical Physics

Accreditation Application
The initial application submitted to the chair of the GEPRC of CAMPEP must include the following:

Scenario A) – A certificate program being offered by a graduate medical physics program that is currently CAMPEP-accredited.

For such a program, no application fee is required. The required documentation consists of:

  1. A listing of the specific courses within the currently accredited graduate program that are being used to satisfy the program requirements necessary for accreditation as a certificate program. The specific core topics that must be addressed are:
    1. Radiological Physics and Dosimetry
    2. Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety
    3. Fundamentals of Imaging in Medicine
    4. Radiobiology
    5. Anatomy and Physiology
    6. Radiation Therapy Physics
  2. An attestation from the Program Director of the accredited graduate program indicating that the same courses used in the currently accredited graduate program to address each of the core topics above, are used to define the proposed certificate program.

Scenario B) – A certificate program being offered by a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency program that is not associated with a graduate program that is CAMPEP-accredited.

For such a program, an application should be submitted via the online submission process using the graduate application template. The sections of the template not required for certificate program applications are marked with an asterisk both on the graduate standard document and on this template. The initial application submitted via an online submission process must include an official request for accreditation in the form of a letter from a principal administrative officer of the institution inviting CAMPEP to conduct an evaluation of the medical physics graduate education program. An institution's request for its program to be evaluated by CAMPEP is totally voluntary and, as such, the institution agrees to abide by the decision of the CAMPEP Board of Directors.

The application fee for certificate program accreditation or reaccreditation from a CAMPEP accredited residency program is US $2,500.

A site visit will generally be required to fully evaluate the proposed certificate program. If, upon review of the application, the GEPRC concludes a site visit is not required, a portion of the application fee will be returned to the program.

This fee is due at the time the application is submitted.
Credit card payments may be made via the Online Self Study Submission System.
Or a check made payable to "CAMPEP Inc." (Tax ID # 54-1748225) may be mailed to:
Jacqueline Ogburn, at the address on the contacts page.
Self Study Documents may be submitted via the Online Self Study Submisson
Contact Jacqueline Ogburn for assistance.

Steps Involved

Provided that the institution applying for accreditation satisfies the preliminary requirements listed above, the accreditation process involves seven steps.

  1. The preparation and submission to CAMPEP of a certificate program application by the institution applying for accreditation. All application documents must be in English or must have an accompanying English translation. The fee for accreditation, if applicable, is due at the time the application is submitted. The review of the application by the CAMPEP GEPRC shall commence after receipt of the application fee, if applicable.
  2. The preliminary review of the application by the CAMPEP GEPRC.
  3. The resolution of any questions or concerns identified during the preliminary review. A satisfactory response from the program director to these questions is required before proceeding to the next step. If the preliminary review raises no concerns, this step is not required.
  4. A site visit, if required, by representative members of the GEPRC.
  5. The preparation of a certificate program evaluation report by the GEPRC prior to submission of the report and a recommendation to the CAMPEP Board of Directors.
  6. Consideration of the GEPRC report and recommendation by the CAMPEP Board of Directors.
  7. Communication of the resulting recommendation of the CAMPEP Board of Directors to the applicant institution.

On Site Program Review (if required)
Purpose and Structure
The site visit requires 1 day and is scheduled at a time that will permit the members of the site visit team to meet with one or more administrative officials of the institution, the faculty, and the potential certificate program students (if identified and available).

The purpose of the site visit is to a) meet and talk personally with faculty members, students, and administrative officials, b) observe the adequacy of facilities, c) assess the aptitude and commitment of students and faculty, d) observe the general educational and scientific environment at the institution, and e) obtain any additional data required for evaluation.

The site visit team shall be provided with records generated by the program including, but not limited to, course evaluations, lecture materials, minutes of faculty meetings and/or governing committee meetings, and student admission records. Any records to which the site visit team has legal access shall be available for review at their request.

Site Visit Team Composition
The site visit team (generally one or two members of the GEPRC) is composed of experienced educators and scientists thoroughly familiar with CAMPEP criteria and knowledgeable about both administrative and technical aspects of successful programs. In the selection of members of the site visit team for a particular on-site evaluation visit, every effort is made to eliminate any conflict of interest or bias. For instance, a graduate of the institution under evaluation, or a person having a close and continuing relationship with the institution, would not be chosen to assist in the visit and evaluation. Neither would one be selected who is a faculty member at an institution in the same immediate geographical area nor from one having any substantial number of its graduates on the faculty at the institution being evaluated.

Action Following Evaluation
The possible actions taken by CAMPEP following an evaluation are the same as that for graduate programs. When a certificate program is accredited, CAMPEP will provide a certificate of accreditation to the institution and a copy of the GEPRC report listing any required and recommended changes. The program director must provide updated information on any required and/or recommended changes at the time of each subsequent annual report.

The name of the institution and program will appear on the CAMPEP website on the list of medical institutions whose programs have been accredited by CAMPEP.