I will be graduated soon from Marshall University with a B.S. in physics with an area of emphasis on medical physics (This program drops some of the upper level physics classes that aren't necessary for medical physics and replaces them with upper level chemistry and biology). I am planning on attending graduate school to obtain my master's in the fall of 2014. So far I have: -3.51 overall GPA -Currently working on my capstone research project, which is motion management in radiation oncology -Registered Radiologic Technologist (Associate's Degree) -Volunteered/Shadowed a 3-4 times in the local cancer center with the medical physicist and dosimetrist -Upon graduation I will have 2 semesters of chem, 2 semesters of organic chem, 1 semester of cell biology, 2 semesters of gen biology, biomedical physics, calc through DE, and I am trying to convince the department to find someone to offer radiation sciences in health fields again. -I'm not sure how much extracurricular activities matter in the selection, but I was in Marshall's marching band for a year and pep band for 2 years. I have not taken the GRE yet and I do not have any programming experience. I was considering taking a few classes to make my transcript more impressive, such as computer programming or electronics. I am also considering getting a minor in mathematics I would really like to get into any of the programs near Ohio and West Virginia that have residencies and the program, such as Duke, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Penn. If anyone could help me out on what my chances would be getting into one of these schools, I'd greatly appreciate it! I was told by the medical physicist that I am working with that my degree in x-ray will help me since I already have a strong background of how the clinical setting and radiation works. I am just curious as to how much this will help me since I'm sure these schools are probably really hard to get into and my GPA isn't as stellar as others. I am looking at other closer colleges too such as Cincinnati, Toledo, and Cleveland State, but they would would be my secondary choices because I want a program that has a residency. I don't want to run into any problems of having my degree and can't get into a residency, since I've been told that's an issue lately. Also, if anyone has any suggestions on how to beef up my CV, that would be great. I am hoping to get a 4.0 this semester to boost my GPA, but any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!