Nuclear Medicine Courses and Schools

Courses in nuclear medicine can prepare you for a career in diagnostic imaging. Find out about training options, and get tips on selecting a program along with information about professional certification. Schools offering Diagnostic Medical Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Nuclear medicine is a form of diagnostic imaging that uses radioactive material to create internal images of the human body. If you're interested in nuclear medicine programs, you'll generally need to complete two components: classroom study and clinical experience.

Degrees Associate of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine
Certificates Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nuclear Medicine
Courses Clinical radiation biology, radiopharmacy, radiation protection, nuclear radiation physics and instrumentation, application of radionuclides, clinical radiation biology

What Courses Will I Study in Nuclear Medicine?

Your core courses will center on nuclear medicine technology and techniques. You'll learn about mixtures of stable and unstable atoms (called radiopharmaceuticals), how to administer them into patients and how to produce diagnostic images with scanning equipment such as gamma cameras or scintillation cameras.

Much of your core work will also include chemistry, radiopharmacy and medical terminology. Associate and bachelor's degree programs will require you to take additional general education courses such as calculus, physics, anatomy, biology, physiology, composition and visual art.

Do I Need to Earn a Degree?

As of 2015, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requires that all individuals who wish to become certified in nuclear medicine earn a degree before taking the exam (www.arrt.org). It's possible to find certificate programs if you already have a bachelor's degree in a related field. These programs will prepare you for certification within one year.

What Should I Look For in A School?

If you're looking for schools that offer nuclear medicine programs, ensure that they're accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). The JRCNMT is the only accrediting agency for schools of nuclear medicine that meet national standards of excellence. You can find a complete list of accredited schools on the JRCNMT website (www.jrcnmt.org).

Also, you'll want to know which schools will prepare you for the national certification exam given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the (ARRT). While certification is not required in all states, they are preferred by employers.

Are There Online Options?

If you're interested in online options, you may want to consider an online hybrid degree program. This type of program allows you to do some work online followed by on-campus courses. For example, you could complete science courses such as chemistry, human anatomy and biology online then pursue nuclear medicine courses on campus. Nuclear medicine programs that are accredited and meet standards for national certification all have a clinical component that cannot be done online.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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