Nuclear Medicine Technology

Capture dynamic pictures of organs in action..


The power to see more.

Nuclear medicine imaging (NMT) offers the unique ability to visualize not just how organs and tissues look, but how they work. With the rapid-succession images you capture, you can help physicians visualize a patient’s heart at work and see where there’s damage. Detect if a patient has early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. And even find rare tumors. Your expertise provides information that often can’t be achieved from other imaging procedures, and that may just give patients their best chance.

Become a highly skilled nuclear medicine technologist.

Working with the latest technology in our labs, you’ll learn to administer radioactive drugs, or radiopharmaceuticals, to patients and monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs where they concentrate. You’ll work closely with physicians to detect and even treat certain diseases, and deliver expert, reliable and compassionate healthcare as a vital part of the team.

Modern Facilities

Nuclear Medical Technology students learn in a newly-renovated laboratory on the most advanced technology available, including a dose calibrator, fume hood, state-of-the-art SPECT gamma camera, two nuclear medicine processing computers, two pulse height analyzers, four laboratory demonstration counters, a wipe test counter, a thyroid probe and phantom, two chest phantoms, multiple radioactive sources, two cobalt-57 sheet sources, 7 L-blocks, multiple syringe shields, lead pigs, and three portable Geiger Mueller counters.

Affiliations

Partnerships with premier medical institutions enable students to gain exposure and experience in leading healthcare institutions.

Clinical Experience

Students enrolled in the Nuclear Medical Technology program receive hands-on opportunities at some of the most prestigious medical facilities in the world, like the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Lahey Clinic and Brigham and Women's Hospital, to supplement the clinical experience gained in the on-campus program.

Accelerated Programs

Fast-track options allow students to begin their careers as nuclear medicine technologists sooner.

A satisfied field

In a survey conducted by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, many respondents had more than 20 years of experience, indicating significant career retention and satisfaction.

Well-prepared

With innovative training and clinical internship opportunities in New England’s premier healthcare institutions, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter the nuclear medicine field. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for certification through examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

Well-paid

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for nuclear medicine technologists was $73,360 in 2015, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $100,080.

Facilities

MCPHS University provides facilities that contribute to the overall learning experience, including laboratories specially designed for skill-building and patient assessment in the radiologic sciences.

For the major in Nuclear Medicine Technology, students learn in a newly-renovated laboratory with equipment that includes:

  • SPECT gamma camera
  • Two nuclear medicine processing computers
  • Two pulse height analyzers
  • Four laboratory demonstration counters
  • Wipe test counter
  • Thyroid probe and phantom
  • Two chest phantoms
  • Multiple radioactive sources
  • Two cobalt-57 sheet sources

Clinical Rotations

The location of MCPHS in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, as well as its affiliations with premier medical institutions located in the greater Boston area, enable students to learn in healthcare institutions that are among the best in the world.

Our Medical Imaging and Therapeutics students participate in a variety of community-based clinical settings. This opportunity supplements the clinical experience gained in the on-campus program and provides students with a broader insight into the diverse populations they may encounter in future career settings.

Students enrolled in the Nuclear Medicine Technology major may receive their clinical education at these hospital affiliates:

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Medical Center (observation only)
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Elliot Hospital
  • Faulkner Hospital
  • Hallmark Health - Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  • Lahey Clinic
  • Lakes Regional Health Care
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Triad Isotopes (Radiopharmacy)
  • Tufts New England Medical Center

To ensure clinical internships are diverse and give all students an equitable and quality clinical education, students will be rotated through a number of different sites this may involve travel near campus, in the greater Boston area, or at more distant sites. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

The School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics is responsive to the medical imaging and therapeutic needs of the health care community. As such it seeks to develop innovative programs that integrate scientific and technical knowledge with the liberal arts and social sciences, and produce graduates with skills necessary to meet the challenges of the future. The mission of the nuclear medicine technology program within the School, therefore, is composed of the following principal elements:

  • To offer a high quality collaborative program to meet societal needs for qualified and competent medical imaging and therapeutic professionals, in partnership with Boston’s renowned medical institutions and other premier institutions in New England.
  • To educate nuclear medicine professionals so that they will provide expert, reliable, and compassionate health care.
  • To promote the development of those intellectual skills and professional attitudes and values necessary for continues learning and growth after graduation.
  • To provide an interdisciplinary atmosphere that fosters the integration of all the school's majors and promotes their participation in the College community.
  • To offer the students the latest technology and information at the cutting edge of the field.

The programs offered for the nuclear medicine technology major is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)

 

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Nuclear Medicine Lab Report

NMT lab

Tour the Nuclear Medicine Technology Lab, where students learn in an environment as advanced as the professional settings that await them. 

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