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B.S. in Nuclear Medicine Technology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology prepares professionals who work closely with nuclear medicine physicians to perform important imaging procedures such as bone scans, PET, and nuclear cardiac stress tests.

These and other imaging techniques are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties such as pediatrics, cardiology, and psychiatry.

Nuclear Medicine Technologists are responsible for patient education and support, working directly with patients during imaging procedures. They also prepare and administer the compounds used in the complex computer imaging studies. In addition, they analyze biological specimens in laboratories and provide data analysis and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.

The Curriculum

This 120-credit program consists of two phases of study.

  • Phase one includes 88 credits of coursework in areas such as public speaking, chemistry, biology, physics, and math that are prerequisite to the clinical year. Additionally, students complete all of the Liberal Studies requirements while at the IUP main campus. All requirements in phase one must be completed before progressing to the affiliating school of nuclear medicine technology.
  • Phase two includes 32 credits in the twelve-month clinical year, during which students attend classes and clinical experiences through either the Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) at The University of Findlay, Ohio, or the Nuclear Medicine Technology program at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh. Both programs are fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).

A typical plan of study:

Freshman Year
Course Name Credits   Course Name Credits
  14     16
BIOL 105 Cell Biology 3   CHEM 102 College Chemistry II 4
*CHEM 101 College Chemistry I 4   HIST 195 The Modern Era 3
*ENGL 101 College Writing 4   Fine Arts Requirement 3
Health and Wellness Requirement 3   *MATH 105 College Algebra 3
      PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
Sophomore Year
Course Name Credits   Course Name Credits
  16     15
*PHYS 111 Physics I Lecture 3   PHYS 112 Physics II Lecture 3
PHYS 121 Physics I Lab 1   PHYS 122 Physics II Lab 1
*BIOL 150 Human Anatomy 3   *ENGL 310 Public Speaking 3
COSC/BTED/IFMG 101 Computer Literacy 3   *BIOL 151 Human Physiology 4
ENGL 202 Research Writing 3   Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3   Free Elective 1
Junior Year
Course Name Credits   Course Name Credits
  15     12
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3   Philosophy/Religious Studies Requirement 3
MATH 217 Probability and Statistics 3   ENGL 121 Humanities Literature 3
Social Science Elective 3   Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3   Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3      
Senior Year**
Course Name Credits   Course Name Credits
  16     16
NMDT 427 Nuclear Scintigraphy 3   NMDT 434 Clinical Nuclear Medicine 16
NMDT 428 Radiation Physics 3      
NMDT 429 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 3      
NMDT 430 Radiation Biology & Radiation Protection 2      
NMDT 431 In Vivo/In Vitro Non-Imaging 1      
NMDT 432 Radiopharmaceutical 3      
NMDT 433 Introduction to Tomographic Imaging 1      

*NMI requires C or higher grades in these courses. For the most favorable review of the application, students are encouraged to have completed all of these courses before the application deadline. NMI also requires a C or higher grade in a Humanities and Social Sciences course. CCAC requires a minimum of C grades in several priority courses for admission although students are encouraged to earn A and B grades in math and science courses to be competitive for admission.

**IUP is affiliated with two accredited nuclear medicine technology programs. Students apply for admission to one of these programs for completion of the final year of study.

  • The Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) at The University of Findlay, Ohio: In this program, students spend one semester at NMI, thirty-two weeks in clinical training at one of NMI’s approved clinical sites, and return to NMI for a final examination.
  • The Nuclear Medicine Technology Department at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC): In this program, students spend twelve months in classes at the CCAC Allegheny Campus and clinical training at various sites in the Pittsburgh area.

Required: One non-western culture course; two writing intensive courses
LBST 499 Senior Synthesis: Not required

Students admitted to NMI spend four months at the University of Findlay, where they study the theory of nuclear medicine. The program concludes with thirty-five weeks of clinical training in one of the many affiliating hospitals. The program concludes with one week of review and a final exam.

Students admitted to CCAC spend twelve months in the Pittsburgh area. Classes are taught at CCAC's Allegheny Campus, and clinical practice includes rotations in three of the Pittsburgh area affiliating hospitals.

Graduates of the nuclear medicine technology program are eligible to apply for the national registry examination. The examinations are administered by the Nuclear Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In many states, certification by either of these two national organizations is needed to apply for licensure so the individual may legally work in that state.

Faster-than-average job growth will arise from technological advancement, development of new treatments, and an increase in the number of people needing these procedures. In spite of the growth in nuclear medicine, the number of openings into the occupation each year will be relatively small, resulting in keen competition for jobs. Most nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals, but they also work in a variety of other settings including outpatient imaging facilities, public health institutions, and government and private research institutions. The median annual salary of nuclear medicine technologists in 2008 was $66,600.

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