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. 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.
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.
Applicants are required to have a C or better grade in College Chemistry (CHM 151 ), Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 (BIO 161 and BIO 162 ), Physics (PHY 100 ), College Algebra (MAT 111 ) and a basic computer course within the last 5 years. Students must also submit a separate Allied Health application and complete a career exploration at a hospital in the Nuclear Medicine department.
This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 820 W. Danforth Road, #B1, Edmond, OK 73003; 405.285.0546, www.jrcnmt.org.
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.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to perform nuclear medicine procedures in the clinical setting.
- Utilize radiation safety practices in daily operations in a nuclear medicine department including radiopharmaceuticals, imaging and therapeutic procedures.
- Combine critical thinking, problem solving and compassionate patient care in an ethical and professional manner.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and members of the healthcare team.
See Nuclear Medicine Technology Program for more information.