1. Will my degree in XYZ, obtained at university ABC, be sufficient to be admitted to the training programme?
It depends on whether the degree is acknowledged as equivalent to a Dutch master’s degree in Physics. Nuffic (https://www.epnuffic.nl/) assesses the equivalency, and provides a decisive answer. Stichting OKF itself is not involved in the assessment of foreign degrees.
2. Will my degree in XYZ, obtained at university ABC in the Netherlands, be sufficient to be admitted to the training programme?
It depends on whether the degree is equivalent to a Dutch master’s degree in Physics. A Dutch master’s degree in Physics is a legal requirement for admission to the training programme. Stichting OKF has indicated equivalent degrees which require an additional certificate. Guidelines can be found at Stichting OKF – training programme.
3. Why is Stichting OKF not able to indicate in advance whether I will be admitted to the training programme?
There is a large variety in both master’s and bachelor’s programmes. Stichting OKF has outsourced the decision on which programmes are suited as prerequisite for a medical physicist training programme to a number of Dutch universities. These universities use a well-defined set of conditions in their decision-making, which results in a list of master’s degrees equivalent to a Dutch master’s degree in Physics (see FAQ-2). Stichting OKF does not assess any master’s degree deviating from the approved degrees. The equivalency of foreign degrees is assessed by Nuffic (see FAQ-1).
4. Am I allowed to work as a medical physicist in the Netherlands as a foreign acknowledged medical physicist?
- It is not allowed to use the title klinisch fysicus (medical physicist), as it is protected by Dutch law (see FAQ-5).
- You and your employer could agree that you will carry out tasks normally carried out by a medical physicist. However, you could be held liable for any harm possibly done to the patient, resulting from performing actions outside of your qualifications. In matters like these, current legislation is followed.
5. As a foreign acknowledged medical physicist, can I register as a klinisch fysicus (medical physicist) in the Netherlands?
Stichting OKF cannot assess the matter. You should contact the CBGV (https://www.bigregister.nl/en/registration/withaforeigndiploma/), which will assess the application. Stichting OKF follows the judgement by the CBGV.
6. Does Stichting OKF require any level of proficiency in the Dutch language?
In general, no proof of proficiency in the Dutch language is required to the start of the training programme. However, the institute at which the training programme takes place will probably take your level of Dutch into account, as you will have to be able to communicate in Dutch to colleagues (medical doctors, technicians, nurses) and patients.When finishing the programme, the candidate has to be fluent in Dutch, both written and spoken (level C). Studying the Dutch language is not part of the training programme and should therefore be done in the candidates own time.