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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology — Accelerated

Location: Boston/Online
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 third year, the professional phase of the program, you'll follow a synchronous distance/online class schedule, which means that you will log and call in during specific class times. This schedule offers you the flexibility of an online education. Students are required to meet in person approximately twice per semester at the Worcester campus for labs and/or other class activities. You'll participate in clinical experiences at sites predetermined by your specific location, where you'll work alongside industry experts and gain firsthand knowledge of what it's like to be a nuclear medicine technologist.

The accelerated time frame of 36 months gives you the benefit of an immersive education while preparing 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.

First-year 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.

Requirements to Enter Professional Phase of the Program (Fall Semester, Year III):

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • Statistics
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)
  • 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)
  • Interprofessional Communication

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 150 Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 151L Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology Lab   1
CHE 110/L Basic Chemistry I (w/ Lab)
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I
MAT 141 Algebra and Trigonometry

Year I–Spring

BIO 152 Biology II: Biology of Organisms 4
BIO 152L Biology II: Biology of Organisms Lab  0
CHE 210/L Basic Chemistry II (w/ Lab)
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology  3
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity, and Public Life 3

Year II–Fall

BIO 110/L Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)  4
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology  3
BIO 255L
Medical Microbiology Lab
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication  3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
SSC Distribution Elective

Year II–Spring

BIO 210/L Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) 4
BEH  Distribution Elective 3
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
PHY 181 General Physics 4
HUM Distribution Elective 3

Year II–Summer

RSC 110 Medical Terminology for Radiation Science 1
RSC 250 Elements of Clinical Care 2
NMT 260 Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine 3
NMT 310 Radiation Sciences & Regulations
RSC 325 Pathophysiology 4

Year III–Fall

NMT 305 Cardiovascular Imaging 3
NMT 320 Nuclear Medicine Imaging  6
NMT 330C Nuclear Medicine Internship I 4
NMT 340 Molecular Imaging & Theranostics 3

Year III–Spring

NMT 350 Radiopharmacy 3
NMT 331C Nuclear Medicine Internship II 8
NMT 390 Problem Solving in Nuclear Medicine I 2

Year III–Summer

NMT 332C Nuclear Medicine Internship III  7
NMT 391 Problem Solving in Nuclear Medicine II 2
RSC 320 CT and Cross Sectional Anatomy  3
Total Credit Hours: 121

*Students will complete the research proficiency modules (INF110, INF220, INF330) prior to graduation.

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