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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology (Fast Track)

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

This program is designed for transfer students and bachelor degree holders. 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 build on your previous college studies to learn how to safely and compassionately administer radioactive drugs, or radiopharmaceuticals, to patients and obtain rapid-succession images where they concentrate in the body. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for your new career assisting physicians in detecting, and even treating, certain medical conditions. 

During the fast tracked time frame of 16 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 grow as a leader in healthcare.

Is fast track right for me? Learn the difference between our accelerated and fast track bachelor degree programs.

Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the fast track 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.

Required Courses For Students with a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab(8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Physics I (algebra-based) with lab (4 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)
  • Pathophysiology (4 credits)

Additional Courses Required For Students without a Prior Degree:

  • College Algebra (3 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • 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 Science Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology course)

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.
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Year I–Fall

LIB 220 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3
NMT 215 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I 3
NMT 260 Informatics in Nuclear Medicine
3
NMT 271 Radiation Physics and Instrumentation I (w/lab) 3
RSC 305 Patient Care in Imaging 3
RSC 310O Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
TOTAL 18

Year I–Spring

NMT 216 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II 3
NMT 250 Foundations of Nuclear Medicine Technology Clinical Practice 1
NMT 265 Nuclear Cardiology 3
NMT 270 Radiopharmaceuticals 3
NMT 272 Radiation Physics and Instrumentation II 3
RSC 287 Radiation: Protection and Biology 3
TOTAL 16

Year I–Summer

LIB 5120 Healthcare Ethics 3
NMT 275 Positron Emission Tomography (PET) 2
NMT 330C Nuclear Medicine Internship I 12
TOTAL 17

Year II–Fall

NMT 332C Nuclear Medicine Internship II 12
RAD 390O Problem-Solving Nuclear Medicine 2
RSC 315 Computed Tomography Imaging 3
TOTAL 17
Total credits to complete degree requirements: 68

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

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:

Certification Exams Five Year Pass Rate

Years AART # Examinees ARRT Pass Rate NMCTB # Examinees NMCTB Pass Rate
2011-2015 40 98% 27 70%
2012-2016 29 97% 27 70%

Job Placement Rates

Employed as a nuclear medicine technologist within 6 months

Full time

Part time/PRN

Year # % # %

2012

5

45%

3

27%

2013

6

43%

2

14%

2014

3

43%

1

14%

2015

4

67%

1

17%

2016

5

29%

1

6%

Continuing education

Not employed as an NMT

Non-respondent

Year # % # %

2012

2

18%

1

9%

0

0%

2013

3

21%

2

14%

1

17%

2014

1

14%

2

29%

0

0%

2015

0

0%

1

16%

0

0%

2016

6

35%

3

18%

2

12%

Graduation Rates

Year of Program Graduation Initial Cohort Graduating Class Graduation Rate

2012

13

11

85%

2013

13

13

100%

2014

6

6

100%

2015

8

6*

75%

2016

19

15

79%

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