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School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Angela Macci Bires, Ed.D., M.P.M., R.T.(N), CNMT
Robert Morris University’s program in Nuclear Medicine Technology, along with their instructional facilities, offers a wonderful opportunity to become a part of the growing field of health care professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nuclear medicine technologists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
The nuclear medicine technologist is a highly specialized health care professional that prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals that provides clinicians with images containing molecular and anatomic information to aid in patient diagnostic accuracy. The RMU Nuclear Medicine Technology program also incorporates the studies of positron emission tomography (PET), computerized tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) into the didactic and clinical curriculum. With additional clinical hours, students are eligible to participate in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and/or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board for PET, CT and MRI. These additional certifications promote the educational preparedness for entry into the profession as a dual certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
The overall mission of Robert Morris University is to provide the student the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in the profession of Nuclear Medicine Technology. Faithful to the high standards of Robert Morris University, we deliver a quality education leading to a Bachelor of Science degree supporting the student's board-eligibility status for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
We are committed to providing the student an enriching environment in preparation for his or her future in a health career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. The Nuclear Medicine Technology program Mission Statement places an emphasis on teaching and learning. This philosophy is entirely consistent with RMUs desire that the educational curriculum be responsive to the needs of employers and result in a healthcare professional who can immediately contribute to these needs.
Nuclear medicine technology combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat some diseases. Nuclear medicine is a unique diagnostic technology in that it provides information about both the structure and function of major organ systems within the body. It is this ability to characterize and in some instances quantify physiologic function, which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities. The program is set up as a two plus two plan.
The first two years fulfill most of the requirements of the core and the second two years fulfill the requirements set forth by the accrediting body, the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. At the completion of their didactic work, the student is eligible to participate in two competency-based examinations, the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nuclear Medicine Technology combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat some diseases. Graduates from this program are in high demand and work in health care agencies in a variety of settings.