Why Nuclear Medicine Technology?


Nuclear Medicine Technology A.S. and Certificate programs provide knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the general practice of nuclear medicine technology. Nuclear medicine is an imaging health science used to diagnose and treat disease states through the administration of radioactive isotopes to patients. Technologists then image the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which the drugs localize. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, physicians' offices and clinics.

The 12-month certificate program is designed for students who may already have a college degree in science or mathematics and who wish to expand their skills in the field of nuclear medicine technology. The 24-month program provides an associate's degree in the field of nuclear medicine technology. Both programs include an externship in a nuclear medicine facility. Graduates are eligible to take the national examination leading to certification as a nuclear medicine technologist.

Graduates have the opportunity to enter careers with strong earning potential. Nuclear Medicine Technology is described in CNBC.COM as "One of 15 jobs that pay more than $75,000 that you can get without a bachelor's degree".

For more information on careers in nuclear medicine technology, visit the following websites: 

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Society of Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board

 

What Type of Program Are You Looking For?

Nuclear Medicine Technology, A.S. (555.2) 

Nuclear medicine is an imaging health science that is used to diagnose and treat disease states. Nuclear medicine technologists administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients and then image with specialized cameras to determine the precise location of the radiopharmaceutical. The mission of the program is to provide students with affordable, comprehensive and innovative didactic and clinical education in nuclear medicine technology to prepare them to become competent, professional nuclear medicine technologists in a complex global society. 

Nuclear Medicine Technology, Certificate (560.1) 

Enrollment in this 12-month program is limited to:

  • certified healthcare personnel in Radiography, Radiation Therapy or Nursing with a minimum of an associate degree OR
  • those with a bachelor's degree in science/mathematics OR
  • those enrolled in a 3 + 1 program at one of our academic affiliates.

Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and the requirements of a national accrediting agency. 

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Admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

The Associate degree program (A.S.) is a 2-year full-time program.  This program is only offered as a fall start every other year, in even years.

Students must meet the essential cognitive, physical and behavioral functions to apply to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.

Students must apply to the College and to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program (NMT). Acceptance to the College does not serve as acceptance to the NMT program. 

Students must submit:

  • An Allied Health application via email to the Program Director Andrea Penatzer at [email protected] The Allied Health application deadline is April 1.  
  • An official transcript to CCAC; send to [email protected].
  • A minimum of 2 letters of reference.

Students must also complete a career exploration by July 1 at a hospital in the Nuclear Medicine department and complete the Career Exploration form and have it signed by the clinical facility. 

Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and the requirements of a national accrediting agency. Minimum GPA for acceptance is 2.5.  The program is a competitive admission and the minimum GPA requirements may be higher based on the GPA of the applicant pool. The average enrollment is about 10 students per program.

Students must meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of Intermediate Algebra (MAT 108) and Basic Physics (PHY 100), Biology (BIO 110 or BIO 151) and Chemistry (CHM 109 or CHM 110/CHM 111) with a grade of C or better in the past 5 years.  Applicants must be high school graduates and eligible for all college-level courses. 

Certificate program is a 1-year full-time program.  This program is only offered as a fall start every year.

Enrollment in this 12-month program is limited to:

  • Certified healthcare personnel in Radiography, Radiation Therapy or Nursing with a minimum of an associate degree OR
  • Those with a bachelor's degree in science/mathematics OR
  • Those enrolled in a 3 + 1 program at one of our academic affiliates.

Students must meet the essential cognitive, physical and behavioral functions to apply to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.

Students must apply to the College and to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program (NMT). Acceptance to the College does not serve as acceptance to the NMT program. 

Students must submit:

  • An Allied Health application via email to the Program Director Andrea Penatzer at [email protected]  The Allied Health application deadline is April 1.  
  • An official transcript to CCAC; send to [email protected].
  • A minimum of 2 letters of reference.

Students must also complete a career exploration by July 1 at a hospital in the Nuclear Medicine department and complete the Career Exploration form and have it signed by the clinical facility.   

Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and the requirements of a national accrediting agency. Minimum GPA for acceptance is 2.5.  The program is a competitive admission and the minimum GPA requirements may be higher based on the GPA of the applicant pool. The average enrollment is about 10 students per program.

Students must meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of College Chemistry (CHM 151), Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 (BIO 161 and BIO 162), Physics (PHY 100), and College Algebra (MAT 111)  with a grade of C or better in the past 5 years.

Additional Information

For information regarding the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, please visit the resources below:

Radiation Therapy Effectiveness and Graduate Outcomes

Technical and Behavioral Standards, Essential Functions

 JRCNMT’s Graduate Achievement Report

Contact Information

Andrea Penatzer

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