Our program requires applicants to observe in at least two nuclear medicine departments prior to the first interview. Many nuclear medicine departments are happy to welcome potential applicants as observers, so long as they are scheduled in advance and appropriate rules are followed. Three hours is about the maximum time for a single observation.
One of the observations must be with a nuclear medicine department that is a clinical site for the Bellevue College Nuclear Medicine Technology program. Contact information for these sites is listed below and is also included in the observation documentation form. If you are not living in the Puget Sound or Southeast Washington regions, this observation can be done in conjunction with the second interview. Observations prior to the first interview may be done in your local area.
The purpose of the observations is for you to gain a good understanding of the job of a nuclear medicine technologist. You should pay attention to all aspects of the job, ask questions, and make notes as needed. The observation at the program clinical site is also part of the interview evaluation, in that your behavior during the observation is included in the decision on acceptance into the program. Expectations for the observations include appropriate dress (no jeans, no open-toed shoes), no use of cell phones, and maintenance of confidentiality regarding patient information.
Many hospitals require documentation of immunizations and a background check, even for a short observation. In order to be ready for observations, we recommend that you have documentation of:
- TB tests (2 within the last 12 months)
- Tdap vaccine
- MMR vaccine or positive titers
- Varicella vaccine or positive titers
- current year flu shot
More detailed information can be found on our Immunization Requirement page. In addition, a background check may be required. You can obtain a Washington State Patrol background check for $10.00 at https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/watch/.
As you find old records and obtain new vaccines & titers, please make electronic copies (.pdf or .jpg) and save them for future reference. If you would like to observe at Good Samaritan Hospital, you will need to send electronic documents (the list above and the WSP background check in a single e-mail transmission) to the program before arranging the observation.
Contact Information for Bellevue College Clinical Sites
In the Puget Sound Region
|Harborview Medical Center||Brent Bonaci||(206) 744-4473 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Virginia Mason Medical Center||Diana Chalichemail@example.com|
|Swedish Medical Center||Marylee Daller||(206) 386-3967|
|Group Health Capitol Hill Campus||Michael Edwards||(206) 326-3804|
|Good Samaritan Hospital||Karen Foremanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
In Southeast Washington
|Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital||Jim Williams||(509) 575-8099 or
|Kadlec Medical Center, Richland||Heather Newell||(509) 946-4611, ext. 4262|