Medical Physicists

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Medical physicists have specialized training in the medical applications of physics, which involves the use of physical agents, including X-rays, particle beams, radioactive materials, ultrasound, magnetic and electric fields, heat and light in medical diagnosis and therapy.

For more detailed and printable information, please refer to Canada's Health Care Providers, 2000 to 2009—A Reference Guide  (full report).

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Practice Setting

Medical physicists work in cancer-treatment facilities, hospital diagnostic imaging departments or hospital-based research establishments. Others work in universities, government and industry.


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Regulatory Environment

There are no regulatory requirements for medical physicists in Canada as of 2010.


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Practice Criteria

To work/practise as a medical physicist in Canada, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a graduate degree in medical physics or physics from an accredited program or a related discipline.
  • Many provinces and/or employers may require certification with the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, or equivalent, as a condition of employment.

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Education Requirements

A graduate degree in medical physics is currently the entry-to-practice requirement for a medical physicist in Canada. The following table provides a comprehensive list of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs.

Internationally Educated MLTs

To practise in Canada, an internationally educated medical physicist must meet the following requirements:

  • Contact prospective employers for assessment and recognition of credentials, including language proficiency for certification and other requirements.
  • Many provinces and/or employers may require certification with the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, or equivalent, as a condition of employment.

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Graduate Trends

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