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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology — Fast Track

Location: Boston
Start Term: Spring

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.

Prerequisites for Program:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with Labs)
  • Biology I (with Lab)
  • Chemistry I & II (with Labs)
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Statistics
  • Physics I (Algebra-Based) (with Lab)
  • Medical Terminology

For students without a bachelor's degree, additional courses are required to meet the program's core requirements. You can find a list of these additional courses below.

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 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 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.

Year I–Spring

NMT 250 Foundations of NMT Clinical 1
NMT 216/L Nuclear Medicine General Procedures 6
NMT 265 Nuclear Cardiology 3
NMT 272/L Radiation Physics & Instrumentation 5
RSC 287 Radiation: Protection & Biology 3

Year I–Summer

NMT 330C Nuclear Medicine Internship I 4
NMT 275 PET & Therapy 4
RSC 250 Elements of Clinical Care 2
RSC 325 Clinical Pathopysiology 4

Year II–Fall

NMT 331C Nuclear Medicine Internship II  8
NMT 270 Radiopharmaceuticals   3
NMT 390 Problem-Solving in Nuclear Medicine I  2
RSC 320 CT & Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3

Year II–Spring

NMT 332C Nuclear Medicine Internship III 9
NMT 391 Problem-Solving Nuclear Medicine II 2
RSC 330 Research in Radiologic Sciences 2
Total credit hours: 61*

 *A minimum of 120 credits is needed to graduate with a BS in NMT

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