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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Accelerated

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a nuclear medicine technologist, you have the power to capture not only how organs and tissues look, but also how they work. In this program, you’ll learn to safely and compassionately administer radioactive drugs, or radiopharmaceuticals, to patients and obtain rapid-succession images where they concentrate in the body, so that you can assist physicians in detecting, and even treating, certain medical conditions. 

During the accelerated timeframe of 32 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious Boston area medical facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for registration by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. And you’ll be fully prepared to become a leader in healthcare.

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Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page. 

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab(8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitution: Precalculus)
  • Physics I with lab (Algebra-based) (4 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)
  • Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper-level psychology course)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)

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.

Year I–Fall

BIO 110 Anatomy and Physiology I (w/lab)
CHE 110 Basic Chemistry I (w/lab)
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar
LIB 111 Expository Writing I
MAT 141 Algebra and Trigonometry

Year I–Spring

BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology II (w/lab) 4
CHE 210 Basic Chemistry II (w/lab)
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology
PHY 181 General Physics

Year I–Summer

LIB 133 American Culture, Identity, and Public Life
MAT 261 Statistics 3
RSC 325 Clinical Pathophysiology
RSC 110 Medical Terminology for the Radiologic Sciences 1
Distributive Elective* 3
TOTAL 11 (14)

Year II–Fall

NMT 215 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I (w/lab)
NMT 260 Informatics in Nuclear Medicine
NMT 271 Radiation Physics and Instrumentation I (w/lab)
RSC 310 Cross-Sectional Anatomy
Distribution Elective(s)*
3 (6)
TOTAL 15 (18)
*Students complete 3 liberal arts distribution electives, an HUM course, an SCC course, and a BEH course. One of these electives may be taken in the summer of Year I or in the fall of Year II.

Year II–Spring

NMT 216 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II
NMT 250 Foundations of Nuclear Medicine Technology Clinical Practice
NMT 265 Nuclear Cardiology
NMT 270 Radiopharmaceuticals 3
NMT 272 Radiation Physics and Instrumentation II (w/lab)
RSC 287 Radiation: Protection and Biology 3

Year II–Summer

LIB 220 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
NMT 275 Positron Emission Tomography (PET) 2
RSC 305 Patient Care in Imaging 3
Distribution Elective 3

Year III–Fall

NMT 330C Nuclear Medicine Internship I 12
RSC 315 Computed Tomography Imaging 3

Year III–Spring

NMT 332C Nuclear Medicine Internship II 12
NMT 390 Problem-Solving in Nuclear Medicine 2
Total credits to complete degree requirements: 121

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