Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Nuclear Medicine Technology

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Nuclear Medicine Technology Associate's Degree 
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate


Nuclear Medicine Technology Associate's Degree

ALLEGHENY  
Associate of Science (555.2)

Nuclear medicine is an imaging health science that is used to diagnose and treat disease states. Nuclear medicine technologists administer radioactive isotopes attached to radiopharmaceuticals to patients and then image the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which the drugs localize. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic imaging technologies because it determines the presence of disease on the basis of metabolic changes rather than changes in organ structure.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Make use of the knowledge associated with the general practice of nuclear medicine technology in hospitals and clinics.
  2. Differentiate between imaging isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals in the performing of various imaging procedures.
  3. Recognize the importance of ethics, self-evaluation and cooperation in the health field.
  4. Qualify to sit for the national examinations leading to certification to be a nuclear medicine technologist.

Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and the requirements of national accrediting agencies. Applicants are required to have a letter grade of C or better in high school algebra and chemistry. Students must also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of Intermediate Algebra (MAT-108) and Basic Physics (PHY-100). Applicants must be eligible for all college-level courses. Students must make separate application to the program.

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 2000 W. Danforth Road, Suite 130 #203, Edmond, OK 73003; 405.285.0546, www.jrcnmt.org.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 74
(Total Clinical Hours: 1,400)

First Semester

Course #       

Course Name

Credits

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

BIO-161

Anatomy & Physiology 1

4

MAT-111

College Algebra

3

NMT-101

Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Technology

2

PHY-125

Applied Nuclear Physics

4

         

Total Credits

17

Second Semester

BIO-162

Anatomy & Physiology 2

4

CHM-151

General Chemistry  

4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

NMT-102

Clinical Nuclear Medicine Technology 1

3

PHY-126

Radiation Physics & Protection

4

         

Total Credits

18

Summer

NMT-201

Clinical Nuclear Medicine Technology 2

3

NMT-206

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation

3

         

Total Credits

6

Third Semester

BIO-212

Radiobiology

2

BIO-241

Pathophysiology

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

NMT-202

Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 1

3

         

Total Credits

12

Fourth Semester

NMT-203

Nuclear Medicine Laboratory Procedures         

2

NMT-204

Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practicum 2

4

NMT-207

Nuclear Medicine Seminar

2

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

         

English or Humanities Elective

3

         

Total Credits

14

Summer

NMT-205

Nuclear Medicine Externship

5

NMT-270

Fundamentals of Molecular Imaging with PET       

3

         

Total Credits

8

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Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate

ALLEGHENY  
Certificate (560.1)

Nuclear medicine is an imaging health science that is used to diagnose and treat disease states. Nuclear medicine technologists administer radioactive isotopes attached to radiopharmaceuticals to patients and then image the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which the drugs localize. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic imaging technologies because it determines the presence of disease on the basis of metabolic changes rather than changes in organ structure.

Applicants are required to have a “C” or better grade in college chemistry, anatomy and physiology 1 and 2, physics and algebra and a basic computer course.

The 12-month program is designed for students wanting to expand their background by qualifying for the field of nuclear medicine technology. Enrollment is limited by available clinical sites and other factors.  Students must make separate application to this program.  

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 2000 W. Danforth Road, Suite 130 #203, Edmond, OK 73003; 405.285.0546, www.jrcnmt.org.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Make use of the knowledge associated with the general practice of nuclear medicine technology in hospitals and clinics.
  2. Dfferentiate between imaging isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals in the performing of various imaging procedures.
  3. Recognize the importance of ethics, self-evaluation and cooperation in the health field.
  4. Qualify to sit for the national examinations leading to certification to be a nuclear medicine technologist.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 40
(Total clinical hours: 1160)

First Semester

Course #        

Course Name

Credits

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

NMT-150

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology 1

4

NMT-160

Introduction to Applied Nuclear Medicine Practicum   

2

NMT-206

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation

3

PHY-125

Applied Nuclear Physics

4

                

Total Credits

16

Second Semester

BIO-241

Pathophysiology

4

NMT-151

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology 2

5

NMT-161

Applied Nuclear Medicine Practicum

3

NMT-203

Nuclear Medicine Laboratory Procedures

2

NMT-207

Nuclear Medicine Seminar

2

                

Total Credits

16

Summer

NMT-205

Nuclear Medicine Externship

3

NMT-270

Fundamentals of Molecular Imaging with PET          

5

          

Total Credits

8

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