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Medical Physicist in Medical Nuclear Physics


A medical physicist is a person who applies the principles of physics to direct, contain, and control radiation used for medical purposes. Some of the responsibilities of medical physicists are: protecting patients and others from unsafe and unnecessary exposure to radiation; obtaining high quality images; and delivering the proper dose of radiation to the specified area.

Medical nuclear physics is the branch of medical physics pertaining to the therapeutic and diagnostic application of radionuclides, excluding those used in sealed sources for therapeutic purposes, the analysis and interpretation of performance measurements associated with radiation imaging equipment and performance oversight of radionuclide calibration equipment associated with the use and production of radioclides, the analysis and interpretation of measurements and calculations associated with patient organ doses, and the radiation safety aspects associated with the production and use of such radionuclides.

Licensing Requirements:

To be licensed as a professional medical physicist in New York State you must:

  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education and examination requirements;
  • meet experience requirements.


The fee for licensure in the first specialty is $495 with an additional fee of $370 for each additional specialty.
The fee for a limited permit is $60 for each specialty.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there was 3 license issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there was 0 license issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2020, there were 68 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Committee for Medical Physics
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 560
Fax: (518) 486-4846 (fax)
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

19-1042 - Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 1/25/21.

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