In Ottawa, graduate studies in medical physics are offered at the MSc and PhD level, with specializations in imaging, cancer therapy, and medical biophysics. Medical physics studies comprise one component of the graduate program of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics (OCIP), which combines the resources of the Physics Departments at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The medical physics program is focused at Carleton University.
In 2010, our PhD program was the first CAMPEP accredited program in Ontario where CAMPEP is the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs which covers North American programs. The program has been reaccredited effective 2015. On entering the CAMPEP accredited PhD program the letter of offer specifies entry into the ``Doctor of Philosophy: Physics (Medical) program'' and the graduation diploma attests to obtaining a ``Doctor of Philosophy: Physics: Specialization in Medical Physics''.
The graduate program is research orientated. In addition to the requirment of formal courses, both the MSc and PhD degrees require a thesis project under the supervision of an OMPI member; for the PhD, the emphasis is heavily on the latter. There are typically 20 to 25 graduate students enrolled in the program at any given time.