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 lock-step 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 American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • 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)

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 110

Anatomy and Physiology I (w/ lab)

4

CHE 110

Basic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

FYS 101

First Year Seminar

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 141

Algebra and Trigonometry

3

TOTAL


15

 

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 210

Anatomy and Physiology II (w/lab)

4

CHE 210

Basic Chemistry II (w/lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

PHY 181

General Physics

4

TOTAL


18

 

Year I-Summer

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

MAT 261

Statistics

3

RSC 325

Clinical Pathophysiology

4

RSC 110

Medical Terminology for the Radiologic Sciences

1


Distributive elective *

3

TOTAL


11 (14)

 

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

NMT 215

Nuclear Medicine Procedures I (w/ lab)

3

NMT 260

Informatics in Nuclear Medicine

3

NMT 271

Radiation Physics and Instrumentation I (w/ lab)

3

RSC 310

Cross-Sectional Anatomy

3


Distribution elective(s) *

3 (6)

TOTAL


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

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

NMT 216

Nuclear Medicine Procedures II

3

NMT 250

Foundations of NMT Clinical Practice

1

NMT 265

Nuclear Cardiology

3

NMT 270

Radiopharmaceuticals

3

NMT 272

Radiation Physics and Instrumentation II (w/ lab)

3

RSC 287

Radiation: Protection and Biology

3

TOTAL


16

 

Year II-Summer

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

NMT 275

Position Emission Tomography (PET)

2

RSC 305

Patient Care in Imaging

3


Distribution elective

3

TOTAL


14

 

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

NMT 330C

Nuclear Medicine Internship I

12

RSC 315

Computed Tomography Imaging

3

TOTAL


15

 

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

NMT 332C

Nuclear Medicine Internship II

12

NMT 390

Problem Solving in Nuclear Medicine

2

TOTAL

 

14

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 121 s.h.
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. In the last 4 years student board exams results are as follow:

ARRT


2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

First Time Examinees

14

11

12

3

4

Pass Rate

100%

91%

100%

100%

100%

NMTCB


2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

First Time Examinees

5

7

7

3

6

Pass Rate

100%

86%

86%

66%

100%

Job Placement Rates



Employed as a nuclear medicine technologist within 6 months

Full time

Part time/PRN

#

%

#

%

2011

10

56%

4

22%

2012

6

50%

3

25%

2013

6

43%

2

14%

2014

3

42%

1

14%

2015

4

80%

1

20%



Continuing education

Not employed as an NMT

Non-respondent

#

%

#

%

#

%

2011

2

11%

NC

NC

2

11%

2012

2

17%

1

8%

0

0%

2013

3

21%

2

14%

1

17%

2014

1

14%

2

28%

0

0%

2015

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

Graduation Rates

Year of Program Graduation

Initial Cohort

Graduating Class

Graduation Rate

2011

22

18

82%

2012

13

11

85%

2013

13

13

100%

2014

7

6

86%

2015

8

6*

75%

* The 2 who did not finish in 2015, finished in the class of 2016.

 

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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