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Advanced Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

Designed for students who hold an associate’s degree in medical imaging or a bachelor’s degree in any field, this program builds on your previous college studies, teaching you how to safely and compassionately administer radioactive drugs, or radiopharmaceuticals, to patients.

You'll learn how to obtain rapid-succession images of where radiopharmaceuticals concentrate in the body, giving your medical team insight essential to diagnosing patients. You'll discover the functions of the many organs and tissues found in the human anatomy. And you’ll learn how to treat a variety of medical conditions using targeted radiation.

Over the course of 12 consecutive months, you'll follow a synchronous online class schedule, offering you the flexibility of an online education coupled with the community-building experience associated with classroom learning. You'll participate in clinical experiences, during which you'll work alongside industry experts and gain firsthand knowledge of what it's like to be a nuclear medicine technologist. And you'll graduate ready to positively impact patients' lives and sit for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, as well as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

For admission to the program, an applicant must meet one of the two criteria:

  • Currently registered (or registry-eligible) in the medical imaging or radiologic sciences.
  • Obtain a baccalaureate degree in any field.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with Lab)
  • Chemistry I (with lab)
  • Physics I or Radiation Physics
  • Statistics
  • Writing Course (Expository Writing)
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Year I–Fall

NMT 215 Nuclear Medicine General Procedures  5
NMT 250 Foundations of Nuclear Medicine  1
NMT 271 Radiation Physics & Instrumentation  3
NMT 330C NM Internship I  4
NMT XXX Radiation Science & Regulations 2
RSC 320 CT & Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
Semester Total 18

Year I–Spring

NMT 265 Nuclear Cardiology  3
NMT 250 Radiopharmaceuticals  3
NMT 331C NM Internship II  8
NMT 275 Nuclear Oncology  4
Semester Total  18

Year I–Summer

RSC 330 Research in Radiation Sciences  2
NMT 332C NM Internship III  9
NMT 390 Problem Solving in Nuclear Medicine  2
Semester Total  13
Total Credits  49

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Nuclear Medicine Technology faculty

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) has established the following list of technical standards for the majors of Nuclear Medicine, Radiography, and Radiation Therapy.

These technical standards conform to the professional technical standards required for the safe and ethical practice of the task/skills associated with clinical nuclear medicine, medical nuclear medicine technology, and clinical radiation therapy. Each student, with reasonable accommodation, must be able to demonstrate that he/she is able to:

  • Reach and manipulate equipment to its highest position (6 feet).
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner with patients of all ages, including obtaining health history and pertinent information.
  • Read and apply appropriate instructions contained in requisitions, notes, and patient charts.
  • Transfer patients from wheelchairs and stretchers and help them on/off treatment table.
  • Exert force and lift objects of 50 pounds routinely.
  • Perform simple motor skills for unrestricted time periods.
  • Push, pull, bend and stoop.
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time.
  • Reach and work overhead.
  • Move a standard wheelchair and/or stretcher from a waiting area to a treatment area.
  • Understand and apply clinical instructions given by department personnel.
  • Visually monitor patients/charts/machine indicator lights in dimly lit conditions.
  • Detect audible alarms and background sounds during procedures to ensure patient/staff safety.
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity to perform necessary manipulations such as drawing doses with a syringe, manipulating locks, putting on surgical gloves.
  • Endure an eight-hour day with a minimum of four to six hours of standing or walking.
  • Endure a minimum of two hours of didactic instructions in a classroom environment.