Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification

Nuclear medicine technologists assist doctors in diagnosing patients. Learn about education requirements, and find out about certification options that can improve your career. Schools offering Diagnostic Medical Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Do I Become Certified?

You have the option of certifying with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), or both can certify you.

Certification by the ARRT requires you to have completed a nuclear medicine technology training program within the past five years. As of January 1, 2015, the ARRT requires each candidate to have completed an associate's degree or higher; the degree can be in any discipline, as long as you've completed the nuclear medicine training. The exam covers areas of patient care, instrumentation, diagnostic procedures, radiopharmaceuticals and radiation protection.

To receive the NMTCB certification, you must complete an associate's or bachelor's degree program, or you also have the option of enrolling in a certificate program. Programs must be from an accredited institution or recognized by the NMTCB, and they must have been completed within the past five years. The exam covers clinical procedures, radiation safety, radiopharmacy and instrumentation.

Certification OptionsExams through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
Certification AdvantagesRadionuclide development, radiopharmaceutical administration, metabolic change observation
Degree LevelsCertificate, associate and bachelor's

What Does Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Prepare Me For?

Radionuclides are used in nuclear medicine technology. These radionuclides may be developed into radiopharmaceuticals, which can then be used in conjunction with patient care and diagnosis. Nuclear medicine technologists can administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients and then observe the metabolic changes that take place in order to form a diagnosis.

What Education Do I Need?

Many schools offer 2- and 4-year degrees in nuclear medicine technology. Certificate programs are also available for students who have some previous college or health care experience. Your coursework may include several prerequisite courses in math, science, language arts and history. You also complete lecture and lab classes on such topics as these:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Nuclear medicine instrumentation
  • Radiation biology and protection
  • Radiobiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Nuclear Cardiology

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