Which Schools Offer Nuclear Medicine Programs in California?

Learn about education programs in the field of nuclear medicine in California. See class options, degree requirements, and course inforation for the state. Schools offering Diagnostic Medical Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Find out what kind of nuclear medicine education is offered at four schools in California. Preview the certificate and degree options available to you.

What You Need to Know

California students interested in earning an award in nuclear medicine programs may earn a certificate in the field; at least one bachelor's degree is also offered. Programs in nuclear medicine are offered by varying types of schools, including two- and four-year, private and public institutions. A certificate in nuclear medicine may be earned in 12 to 18 months for full-time students; the bachelor's degree program is a four-year program. In addition to didactic instruction, nuclear medicine programs include clinical experiences under supervision.

Certificate Programs in California

Loma Linda University

This university's nuclear medical technology certificate program is offered through the School of Allied Health Professions. Classes are offered on the Loma Linda campus and at Fresno City College in Fresno, CA. Upon graduation, you are eligible to take the ARRT nuclear medicine exam, Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) exam and the State of California Certified Technologist, Nuclear Medicine (CTNM) exam. The program includes classes and clinical experiences.

  • Program Name: Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate
  • Program Length: 12 months, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $32,572 per year (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Completion of specific science and mathematics classes and a minimum 2.5 GPA; must also either be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), have a degree from a radiologic technology program, be a registered nurse (RN) with at least an associate's degree, have a bachelor's degree in the natural sciences or be an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified medical technologist
  • School Type: 4-year, private; 1,189 undergraduate and 3,411 graduate students

Moorpark College

This certificate program in nuclear medicine is considered a sub-specialization within the school's Associate of Science in Radiographic Technology Degree. Classes are delivered in lab and lecture format, and cover topics like nuclear medicine practice and nuclear medicine clinical labs. Locations for clinical practice are within a 45-mile radius of the college's campus. Upon completion, you are eligible for certification exams.

  • Program Name: Nuclear Medicine Certificate of Achievement
  • Program Length: Three semesters, full-time after graduation from radiologic technology program and licensure
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,388 per year for in-state; $7,050 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: CPR certification, health exam, immunization, background check and passing a drug screening
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 13,880 undergraduate students

University of California San Diego

The university's nuclear medicine certificate program is offered through the University of California San Diego Medical Center. The certificate program did not accept students for the 2011-2012 academic year and enrollment for the 2012-2013 academic year has not been determined. Classes in the program cover topics like radiation safety and cardiac stress testing. During your studies, you participate in 1,400 hours of clinical rotation.

  • Program Name: Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Program Length: One year, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $13,530 per year for in-state; $38,238 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Completion of mathematics, science and English classes. Must have one of the following qualifications: graduate from a radiological technology program, have ARRT certification, have ASCP certification, be a RN with 2-years college credit, have either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree with healthcare experience
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 24,810 undergraduate students and 5,899 graduate students

Bachelor's Degree Programs in California

Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Services

This bachelor's degree program incorporates traditional classroom experience with clinical experiences. Classes cover topics like radiopharmaceuticals, CT imaging and research. Upon completion, you are prepared to take the ARRT and NMTCB exams.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine
  • Program Length: 18 months, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $22,506 per year for program (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements:' Associate's degree or at least 90 quarter credit hours of college study, completion of required classes with at least a 2.75 GPA, background check, letters of recommendation, interview, physical exam
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; enrollment unknown

Three of California's previewed schools offer exclusively certificate programs (Moorpark College, Loma Linda University, the University of California San Diego), while the fourth provides a bachelor's of science (Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Services).

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