Hello, I will be getting a bachelor's degree in Radiation Health Physics in near future, and my ultimate goal is to study PhD in medical physics. However, I think it would be unlikely that I will get admitted right after undergraduate graduation, due to my mediocre GPA and limited experiences. Is it common for a MP PhD to have studied MS prior to applying for the doctorate degree? Also, I am planning to apply for almost dozen schools at once for MS. Do you think I should at least apply for a few PhD programs as well? For your information, I have 3.24 GPA (horrible first two years during pre-RHP, dramatically better last two years during pro-RHP) and my GRE scores are 152V 156Q 4.5A. I am an international student receiving international scholarships. I have several shadowing experiences in biomedical laboratories but no actual research or internship. Thanks a lot!