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Nuclear Medicine Technology

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NMTEC 190 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Technology • 2 Cr.

This course introduces the student to the Bellevue College Nuclear Medicine Technology program. It includes three days of clinical orientation in a nuclear medicine department. We'll create a shared understanding of the basics of nuclear medicine practice, examine active learning techniques, and develop cohesiveness as a group. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the NMTEC program or permission of instructor.

NMTEC 200 Applied Anatomy & Physiology • 1 Cr.

Studies human anatomy and physiology as they apply to nuclear medicine imaging. Specific organ systems covered include skeletal, circulatory, cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, immune, excretory, endocrine, and central nervous systems. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 201 Basic Nuclear Medicine Science • 3 Cr.

Presents basic science required for nuclear medicine. Topics include types of radiation, half-life and radioactive decay, interactions of radiation, detection instruments, statistics of radiation counting, basic radiation protection, and introduction to imaging process. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 202 Instrumentation • 2 Cr.

Examines the function and use of the nuclear medicine gamma camera. Topics include basic electronics, collimators, digital cameras, on-line correction systems, and modifications required for tomographic studies. Students learn quality control and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 203 Computers in Nuclear Medicine • 3 Cr.

Introduces the use of computers in nuclear medicine, emphasizing analysis of static, dynamic, and tomographic images. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 210 Radiopharmacy • 1 Cr.

Studies all commonly used nuclear medicine pharmaceuticals, their preparation, indications for use, dosages, and contraindications. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 211 Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine • 1 Cr.

Presents nursing procedures relating to nuclear medicine. Topics include patient assessment, oxygen administration, infection control, intravenous drug administration, vasovagal and anaphylactic reactions, basic pharmacology, sedation, medical and legal issues, and electrocardiography. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.

NMTEC 212 Positron Emission Tomography • 2 Cr.

Covers all aspects of positron emission tomography (PET), including basic principles, instrumentation, PET/CT imaging and quality control, quantitation of radiopharmaceutical uptake, clinical indications for PET imaging, biochemistry of fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), clinical aspects of FDG imaging, new PET radiopharmaceuticals, and issues relating to reimbursement for PET scans. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 229 Introduction to Clinical Education • 3 Cr.

Provides an introduction to the practice of nuclear medicine with an emphasis on the operation of a gamma camera, basic radiopharmacy and radiation safety principles, and patient care procedures. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.

NMTEC 230 Clinical Education I • 10 Cr.

First in a five-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in nuclear medicine technology. Topics include imaging, patient care, radiopharmacy, camera quality control, and computer analysis. Students are expected to gain proficiency according to defined objectives. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

Description starting Summer 2018

First course in a five-course clinical internship sequence. Includes beginner-level skill development and knowledge building in areas that are related to patient care, imaging, computer analysis, instrumentation, quality control, hot lab procedures, and safety practice, under strict supervision of licensed technologists. Focuses are on team participation and on ethical and professional behaviors in the clinic including HIPAA requirements. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 231 Clinical Education II • 10 Cr.

Second in a five-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in nuclear medicine technology. Topics include imaging, patient care,radiopharmacy, camera quality control, and computer analysis. Students are expected to gain proficiency according to defined objectives. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

Description starting Summer 2018

Second course in a five-course clinical internship sequence. Enhancement of skills and knowledge at an advanced beginner level in areas related to patient care, imaging, computer analysis, instrumentation, quality control, hot lab procedures, safety practice, and therapy procedures, under moderate supervision of licensed technologists. Focus on development of patient communication skills. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 232 Clinical Education III • 12 Cr.

Third in a five-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in nuclear medicine technology. Topics include imaging, patient care, radiopharmacy, camera quality control, and computer analysis. Students are expected to gain proficiency according to defined objectives. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

Description starting Summer 2018

Third course in a five-course clinical internship sequence. Students work toward functioning independently while working under supervision of licensed technologists. Enhancement of skills and knowledge at an intermediate level in areas related to patient care, imaging, computer analysis, instrumentation, quality control, hot lab procedures, safety practice, and therapy procedures. Focuses are on self-evaluation and refinement of skills and techniques. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 233 Clinical Education IV • 13 Cr.

Fourth in a five-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in nuclear medicine technology. Topics include imaging, patient care, radiopharmacy, camera quality control, and computer analysis. Students are expected to gain proficiency according to defined objectives. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

Description starting Summer 2018

Fourth course in a five-course clinical internship sequence. Students work toward independent function under supervision of licensed technologists. Continued advancement of skills in areas related to patient care, imaging, computer analysis, instrumentation, quality control, hot lab procedures, safety practice, and therapy procedures. Focuses are on learning multiple ways of performing procedures and thinking beyond the practices and patient populations of a single facility. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 234 Clinical Education V • 13 Cr.

Fifth in a five-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in nuclear medicine technology. Topics include radiopharmacy, positron emission tomography, nuclear cardiology, and pediatrics. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.

Description starting Summer 2018

Final course in a five-course clinical internship sequence. Assignment to multiple sites in specialized areas of Nuclear Medicine including PET/CT, Nuclear Cardiology, radiopharmacy, and a pediatric observational rotation, all under supervision of licensed technologists. Student broadens knowledge and practice beyond general Nuclear Medicine. Focuses are on professional demeanor, independent practice, and preparation to become an entry-level technologist. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 240 Radiation Safety • 1 Cr.

Covers principles and practices for radiation safety. Topics include calculation of doses absorbed from procedures, personnel monitoring, handling and disposal of radioactive materials, and licensing of a nuclear medicine department. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 241 Radiation Biology • 1 Cr.

Discusses the potentially harmful effects of radiation on humans. Topics include the basic chemistry of radiation interactions in living cells, the effects of extensive radiation exposure, and the potential long-term effects of accumulated radiation damage. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 250 Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine • 3 Cr.

Presents sectional anatomy of the body, including a brief introduction to the following imaging modalities: CT, MRI, angiography, and ultrasound. Main emphasis is on identifying organs of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis on CT and MR images. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of program chair.

NMTEC 260 Clinical Nuclear Medicine I • 1 Cr.

Presents nuclear medicine from the technologist's standpoint, emphasizing the technical aspects and pitfalls of nuclear medicine procedures. NMTEC 260 lectures are coordinated with NMTEC 200. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 261 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II • 1 Cr.

Presents nuclear medicine from the physician's standpoint, emphasizing the diagnosis of disease and ways in which the technologist can assist the physician making a correct diagnosis. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 262 Clinical Nuclear Medicine III • 1 Cr.

Discusses advanced topics related to imaging and non-imaging procedures. Topics include hematology and immunology, laboratory techniques in nuclear medicine, Schilling test, H. pylori breath testing, blood volume determination, bone densitometry, radioimmunotherapy, and advanced nuclear neurology. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.

NMTEC 275 Board Preparation • 1 Cr.

Prepares students for the NMTCB exam by reviewing all aspects of nuclear medicine technology and giving practice tests. Students focus on practical application of the basic science knowledge gained throughout the program. Students also complete a capstone project. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.

NMTEC 280 Computed Tomography for Nuclear Medicine • 3 Cr.

Provides didactic instruction in CT scanning, as is pertinent to its application to nuclear medicine procedures. Includes information relevant to production and detection of X-rays in CT, instrumentation and image reconstruction, specific technique applications, patient care and quality control. Prerequisite: acceptance into program or permission of program chair.

NMTEC 299 Independent Study in Nuclear Medicine • V1-12 Cr.

Provides clinical experience in nuclear medicine technology under the direction of a nuclear medicine technologist, a physician, or a researcher. Prerequisite: permission of program chair.