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.
In the final semester students will complete a course in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Students are given the opportunity to enroll and participate in a clinical course in Advanced Imaging Modalities. Students will partner with hospitals for their clinical phase in Computerized Tomography (CT) and MRI. This opportunity allows the student to earn clinical hours to be part of the requirements to become board eligible in other modalities.