Tests such as bone scans, PET tests, nuclear cardiac stress tests, and other imaging procedures 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 assist in giving patients bone scans, PET, and nuclear cardiac stress tests. They also prepare and administer the compounds used in 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.
This 120-credit program consists of two phases of study.
Students admitted to NMI spend four months at the University of Findlay, where they study the theory of nuclear medicine. The program concludes with 35 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 12 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.
A typical plan of study:
*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.
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