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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology — Fast Track

Location: Boston/Online
Start Term: Summer

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. 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 professional phase, which starts in the fall semester, for 12 consecutive months, 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 coupled with the community-building experience associated with classroom learning. 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 fast-tracked time frame of 15 consecutive months, 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

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:

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

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)
  • Biology I & II (with labs)
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits)
  • Three Distribution Electives (one in Behavioral Science, one in Humanities, and one in Social Science)

All courses outside the professional curriculum must be met prior to starting the fall semester of the professional phase of the program. If students do not have these courses, they may transfer directly into the Accelerated Track.

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–Summer

RSC 110 Medical Terminology for Rad Sci 1
RSC 325 Pathophysiology 4
NMT 260 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine 3
LIB 220 Interprofessional Communications 3
LIB 5112 Healthcare Ethics 3
TOTAL 14

Year I–Fall

NMT 215 Nuc. Med. General Procedures 6
NMT 250 Foundations of NMT 1
NMT 271 Rad. Physics & Instrumentation 3
NMT 330 C Nuc Med Internship 4
RSC 320 CT & Cross Sectional Anatomy
TOTAL 17

Year II–Spring

NMT 270 Radiopharmaceuticals  3
NMT 275 Nuclear Med. Advanced Procedures  3
NMT 331C Nuc Med Internship II  8
RSCE 287 Radiation Protection & Biology 3
TOTAL 17

Year II–Summer

NMT 332C Nuclear Medicine Internship III 9
NMT 390 Problem Solving in NM 2
RSC 330 Research in Radiologic Sciences 2
TOTAL 13
Total credit hours: 61*

 **61 credits required to meet residence requirement and 120 credits needed to graduate with BS in NMTA minimum of 120 credits is needed to graduate with a BS in NMT

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