The University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with Rhode Island Hospital, will offer a five-year dual degree program to teach graduates to apply physics to treating cancer and other human diseases.
Set to launch in September 2011, the 162-credit program combining a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in medical physics, will be the first of its kind in New England.
Only 26 other universities in the U.S. and Canada currently offer accredited graduate medical physics programs.
After completing the program, students will enter a two-year residency program. Graduates may find jobs at hospitals and treatment centers, in private industry or the government, with starting salaries ranging from $82,000 to $135,000.