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NMT 160C - Introduction to Applied Nuclear Medicine Practicum


Credits: 2
240 Clinical Hours

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program.

 
Description
This course is conducted in a clinical facility where, under direct supervision, the student gains training and experience in patient care, radiation safety, radiopharmaceutical administration, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and operating nuclear medicine technology equipment.  The course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.  Students are charged for radiation badges.


Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Evaluate patient history and preparation as needed for the nuclear medicine procedure.
  2. Explain the procedure to the patient.
  3. Compute dosage and radiopharmaceutical required for the procedures.
  4. Obtain venous access as necessary to adminster radiopharmaceutical.
  5. Determine appropriate acquisition parameters and nuclear medicine equipment for the patient procedure.
  6. Utilize proper body mechanics in assisting patients.
  7. Demonstrate good radiation safety techniques and proper disposal of radioactive waste.
  8. Acquire nuclear medicine images to include correct annotation and processing.
  9. Analyze processed data critically to determine the need for additional images.
  10. Perform quality control procedures including analysis of results.
  11. Interact with other healthcare members to provide quality patient care with respect for diversity.
  12. Participate in or simulate therapy procedures.
Listed Topics
  1. Patient care
  2. Radiopharmaceuticals:  dosage, administration and disposal
  3. Equipment and acquisition parameters
  4. Diagnostic imaging procedures
  5. Processing and archiving to Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)
  6. Therapy procedures
  7. Radiation safety techniques
  8. Daily quality control on equipment
  9. Surveys and wipe tests

Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/10/2020


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