Bellevue College’s Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program is an eighteen-month, full-time program leading to an Associate in Arts degree. It is offered through a cooperative effort between Bellevue College and a number of area hospitals and clinics. It is part of a larger career pathway.
Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to apply to take the national certification exams as well as Washington State licensure. This is the only Nuclear Medicine Technology program in Washington State. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
The Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program at Bellevue College (BC) prepares you to work as a nuclear medicine technologist. Our program is designed for students who have a good science background at the college level, who have a good idea of what the career involves, and are good with people. The 18-month program culminates in an Associate of Arts degree, and requires a full-time commitment.
Benefits of completing the nuclear medicine technology program include:
- An interesting and rewarding career—nuclear medicine technologists do a wide variety of imaging, non-imaging, and therapy procedures and deal with about 5-10 patients each day.
- Good pay—current starting salaries for staff nuclear medicine technologists in the Seattle area are around $30/hour (Reference: Washington State Workforce Explorer).
- Possibilities for advancement—nuclear medicine technologists can move into management, research, or commercial positions
Approximately eight to ten students are admitted each year to this full-time (40 hours a week) program. The curriculum begins fall quarter each year and continues for 18 consecutive months. In this program, you’ll spend twelve months in clinical sites working alongside certified nuclear medicine technologists to learn all aspects of the field. Classes are held at Bellevue College (BC) and also at clinical sites located in the Puget Sound area and central Washington. Those attending classes in central Washington and south Puget Sound area participate in the classroom portion of the program via two-way videoconferencing from the Columbia Basin College (CBC) health sciences complex in Richland, WA and Tacoma Community College (TCC).
After completing the degree you’ll be eligible to apply to take the national certification exams required to work in this field. NMTs are certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). Many states also require a state license to practice Nuclear Medicine Technology.
Who Should Apply?
You are a great match for this program if you have good communication, analytical and critical thinking skills. A strong aptitude and academic background in science is very important, as is the ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently. Nuclear medicine is an ideal career for people who like working with others and enjoy the technical aspects of advanced medical technology.