A Nuclear Medicine technologist is the health professional responsible for performing nuclear medicine examinations that assist the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. The trained nuclear medicine technologist prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals and performs patient imaging procedures using radiation detection devices. Technologists provide data analysis and patient information to the physician. The nuclear medicine technologist may be employed in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, physician's offices, education, research and manufacturing. Graduates of the program maybe eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination for Nuclear Medicine and/or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board examination (NMTCB). The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center 216-987-4247, during the semester that all program admission requirements are expected to be met:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Completion of ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with “C” or higher
  • Completion of MATH-1530 College Algebra with “C” or higher
  • MA-1020 Medical Terminology I with “C” or higher
  • CHEM-1300 General Chemistry I/CHEM-130L General Chemistry Laboratory I (Note: students with high school or previous chemistry coursework should take Chemistry placement test to qualify for CHEM-1300; students with no chemistry coursework will need to take CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry before enrolling in CHEM-1300).
  • PHYS-1050 Everyday Physics (will only be offered in the Fall Semester)***or PHYS-1210 College Physics I may be used in place of PHYS-1050 and for those students intending to transfer to a four year institution.
  • All math and science courses must have been completed within the past seven years at the time the Nuclear Medicine application is submitted. Math and science courses completed over seven years prior to the date of application may not be used to meet admission requirements.

Other Information

  • A 2.50 prerequisite GPA must be maintained while waiting for entry into the first program major course.
  • Prior to formal admission into the program, an applicant must show evidence of completion of two 4 hour clinical observations. Details of observation requirements can be found at http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/health-carers/nuclear-medicine/documents/observation-form.pdf. Once completed, a copy of the observation form should be emailed to the Nuclear Medicine Program Manager,
  • Approximately 15-18 students admitted - varies depending on space available at clinical facilities.
  • Evidence of current certification in the Basic Life Support (CPR) course for Health Care Providers (adult, child, and infant) according to the American Heart Association standards will be required prior to receiving clinical assignment the second year of the program.
  • Candidates will be required to present evidence of good health verified by a physical examination prior to entering clinical training the second year of the program. Please refer to Health Requirements for Western Campus Health Career Students.
  • Only one admission requirement course may be repeated only once to improve a grade below "C". A "W" is counted as an attempt.
  • Completion of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international students or if English is spoken as a second language. A minimal iBT score of 24 is required in the speaking skill component and a minimal iBT score of 22 is required in the listening skill component, and a minimum iBT score of 21 in the reading component, and a minimum score of 23 in the writing component. More information about this test is at http://www.ets.org/
  • All students enrolled in Health Career and Nursing programs requiring off campus clinical experiences are required to complete a background check that includes fingerprinting and a court search. Log onto http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/health-careers/background-check-information-bci.html for further information. Reports from the background checks will be sent to the Program Manager. Please be assured that this information will be kept confidential.
  • After Program Acceptance: Students should wait until the start of fall program sequence courses to complete HAZMAT, CPR, immunizations and physical exams.
  • BIO-1221 Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging with “C” or higher or BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II with “C” or higher may be used in place of BIO-1221.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Use effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills to provide comprehensive patient care in a healthcare team environment.
  2. Prepare, record, administer and dispose of radioactive materials according to regulatory guidelines to ensure safety of patients, co-workers and the general public.
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive patient care skills to provide safe, efficient and high quality nuclear medicine services.
  4. Apply general science knowledge to demonstrate the proper and safe use of equipment and instrumentation for diagnostic and therapeutic applications within the scope of nuclear medicine practice.
  5. Sit for Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and American Registry of Radiologic Technology [nuclear] (ARRT) and apply for state licensure.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1221 Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging 1 4
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
PHYS-1050 Everyday Physics 3 2
Select one of the following: 5
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Honors General Chemistry I  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 4
College Algebra 2  
Honors College Algebra  
 Credit Hours21
First Semester
NMED-1010 Nuclear Medicine Math and Statistics 1
NMED-1200 Radiation Safety & Biology 2
NMED-1301 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I 3
NMED-130L Nuclear Medicine Laboratory I 1
NMED-1501 Radiation Physics 2
NMED-1602 Nuclear Radiopharmacy and Pharmacology 4
NMED-1701 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
NMED-1100 Computers in Nuclear Medicine 1
NMED-1401 Patient Care for Nuclear Medicine 1
NMED-1770 Immunology and Pathophysiology for Sectional Imaging 2
NMED-1780 Sectional Anatomy for Advanced Molecular Imaging 2
NMED-2301 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II 3
NMED-230L Nuclear Medicine Laboratory II 1
NMED-2600 Molecular and Fusion Imaging 2
NMED-2660 Nuclear Medicine Therapy 1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication  
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session
NMED-2700 Nuclear Medicine Research Methods 1
NMED-2940 Nuclear Medicine Field Experience I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Bioethics  
Honors Bioethics  
 Credit Hours7
Third Semester
NMED-2950 Nuclear Medicine Field Experience II 4
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours7
Fourth Semester
NMED-2960 Nuclear Medicine Field Experience III 4 4
Arts & Hum/Soc & Beh Sci (See AAS degree requirements) 2
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours73