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Nuclear Medicine Technology is the medical specialty that uses the physiologic properties of radioactive material to evaluate conditions of the body and to provide therapy. The skills of the nuclear medicine technologist complement those of the nuclear medicine physician and other professionals in the field. Nuclear medicine technologists perform a number of tasks in the areas of patient care, technical skills, and radiopharmaceutical administration. They apply their knowledge of radiation physics, instrumentation and safety regulations: to limit radiation exposure, to prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals and to utilize radiation detection devices to measure/image the quantity and distribution of radionuclides deposited in the patient. They also perform in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostic procedures, use quality control techniques as part of a quality assurance program covering all procedures and products in the laboratory, and may participate in research activities.
Technology classes begin once per year. Admission to the program is competitive with completed applications received annually.
Because students and employees in the health care field may be exposed to infectious materials and communicable diseases, the program emphasizes safety and prevention.
Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology degree, the graduate will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and positioning techniques to accurately acquire/process/display functional and anatomical structures on a nuclear medicine image.
- Develop the necessary skills to apply effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving in a nuclear medicine setting.
- Provide patient care and comfort in a compassionate, ethical, and professional manner.
- Act as an agent through observation and communication to obtain pertinent information for the physician to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient.
- Evaluate nuclear medicine images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
- Apply the principles of radiation protection for the patient, staff, and general public.
- Recognize emergency patient conditions and, if necessary, initiate lifesaving first aid and basic life-support procedures.
- Evaluate the quality control performance of nuclear medicine equipment systems, including the safe limits of equipment operation, and report malfunctions to the proper authority.
- Exercise independent judgment and discretion while performing nuclear medicine imaging procedures.
- Participate in nuclear medicine quality assurance programs.
- Meet or exceed the entry level expectations of employers.
- Successfully complete the ARRT and/or NMTCB national certification exams.
Specific Program Admissions Information
Prospective students are required to attend an informational and advising session to learn detailed program requirements and career opportunities. These sessions are held in the autumn and spring semester and are extremely helpful in answering students’ questions.
A program application is available in each information packet distributed at the autumn and spring semester informational/advising sessions. Interested persons can obtain session dates and general information by contacting Shawndeia Thomas in the Nuclear Medicine Technology Office, (614) 287-5215 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the most current admissions requirements, consult the CSCC Nuclear Medicine web link at www.cscc.edu/NucMed/.
Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program:
- High school graduate or GED equivalency
- Required high school (or equivalent) courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (grade of “C” or better) or completion of BIO 0100 (grade of “C” or better), or completion of CHEM 0100 (grade of “C” or better), or completion of PHYS 0100
- Placement into ENGL 1100, Composition I
- Placement into or completion of MATH 1148 College Algebra
- Completion of 16 observation hours in a hospital-based Nuclear Medicine department
- Attendance at a Nuclear Medicine Technology information and advising session.
NOTE: Individuals who have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or plead nolo contendere to a crime may be ineligible to take the credentialing exams. For additional information, contact the Nuclear Medicine Technology office at (614) 287-5215, or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Code of Ethics, Section B.3, Rules of Ethics, at www.arrt.org.
You must have a license from the Ohio Department of Health to practice as an Nuclear Medicine technologist in the State of Ohio.
Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology
|NUC 1200||Introduction to Nuclear Medicine||4|
|CHEM 1113||Elements of Organic/Biochemistry||4|
|MATH 1148||College Algebra||4|
|BIO 2232||Human Physiology||4|
|NUC 1149||Intro Clinical Nuc Med & Patient Care||2|
|COLS 1100||First Year Experience Seminar||1|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||.||19|
|NUC 1213||Physics & Instrumentation I||4|
|NUC 1234||Radiopharmacy (Lecture and Lab)||4|
|NUC 1251||Clinical Theory & Procedures I||5|
|RAD 2126||Radiation Biology & Protection||2|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||.||15|
|NUC 2215||Physics & Instrumentation I||4|
|NUC 2252||Clinical Theory & Procedures I||4.5|
|NUC 2960||Nuclear Med Practicum/Seminar I||4|
|BIO 2263||Human Pathophysiology||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||.||15.5|
|NUC 2961||Nuclear Med Practicum/Seminar II||4|
|NUC 2280||Cross Modality Directed Practice||1.5|
|RAD 2212||Sectional Anatomy||2|
|HUM XXXX||Refer to approved list||3|
|ENGL 1100||Composition I||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||.||13.5|
|NUC 2962||Nuclear Med Practicum/Seminar III||4|
|COMM 1105||Oral Communication||3|
|COMM 2200||Business Communication||3|
|SBS XXXX||Refer to approved list||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||.||10|
|TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS||.||73|
GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT
(SELECT ONE) PREFERRED ANTH 2200, SOC 1101, SOC 2380 OR PSY 1100
|ANTH 2202||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ECON 2200||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|GEOG 2240||Economic and Social Geography||3|
|POLS 1100||American Government||3|
|SOC 1101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOC 2380||American Race & Ethnic Relations||3|
|PSY 1100||Introduction to Psychology||3|
(SELECT ONE) PREFERRED - HIST 1152, HUM 1100, MUS 1251 OR PHIL 1130
|HART 1201||History of Art I||3|
|HART 1202||History of Art II||3|
|HIST 1111||European History to 1648||3|
|HIST 1112||European History since 1648||3|
|HIST 1151||American History to 1877||3|
|HIST 1152||American History since 1877||3|
|HIST 1181||World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500||3|
|HIST 1182||World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500||3|
|HIST 2223||African American History I: 1451-1876||3|
|HIST 2224||African American History II: 1877-Present||3|
|HUM 1100||Introduction to Humanities||3|
|HUM 1270||Comparative Religions||3|
|MUS 1251||Survey of Music History||3|
|PHIL 1101||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
Student should request a program plan of study from a faculty advisor.