Nuclear Medicine Technology

Associate in Arts Degree:

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of radiology that uses radioactive materials in the body to diagnose and treat disease. The Associate of Arts degree program in nuclear medicine technology covers all aspects of a nuclear medicine technologist’s job, including a wide variety of imaging and therapeutic procedures; preparation and administration of radiopharmaceuticals; use of radiation detectors including gamma cameras and PET tomographs; and use of a variety of computer systems. More than 2/3 of the program is devoted to training in area hospitals and clinics. The program uses a selective-admissions process, with admissions guidelines published annually.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills & abilities described below:

  • Perform nuclear medicine functions of all kinds, including imaging, non-imaging, and therapy procedures; quality control procedures; radiopharmacy skills; and radiation safety/protection techniques and procedures.
  • Operate nuclear medicine equipment including gamma cameras, SPECT systems, PET scanners, and CT scanners co-located with SPECT or PET systems; and nuclear medicine computers, including scheduling, radiopharmacy, imaging, and archiving systems.
  • Review requests for appropriateness and schedule nuclear medicine studies, consulting as necessary to attain the best quality of patient care.
  • Assess technical results of nuclear medicine procedures and functions and determine appropriate actions based on those results.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, family members, hospital staff, and the general public, and demonstrate professionalism in all actions and communications.
  • Provide nursing and emergency care as appropriate to the situation and scope of practice
  • Use appropriate resources to advance their understanding of new directions within the field of nuclear medicine.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]


Program Prerequisites

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (6 Cr)
Note: this course requires either BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211
BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (6 Cr)
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry (6 Cr)
CHEM& 131 Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry (6 Cr)
ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 Cr)
MATH& 141 Precalculus I (5 Cr)
PHYS& 114 General Physics I (6 Cr)
PHYS& 115 General Physics II (6 Cr)
PHYS& 116 General Physics III (6 Cr)

Core Coursework

Fall Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare 2
CMST 250 Communication in a Diverse Workplace 5
NMTEC 190 Intro to Nuclear Medicine Technology 2
NMTEC 200 Applied Anatomy & Physiology 1
NMTEC 201 Basic Nuclear Medicine Science 3
NMTEC 260 Clinical Nuclear Medicine I 1
Winter Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NMTEC 202 Instrumentation 2
NMTEC 210 Radiopharmacy 1
NMTEC 211 Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine 1
NMTEC 229 Introduction to Clinical Education 3
NMTEC 230 Clinical Education I 10
Spring Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NMTEC 203 Computers in Nuclear Medicine 3
NMTEC 231 Clinical Education II 10
NMTEC 240 Radiation Safety 1
NMTEC 241 Radiation Biology 1
NMTEC 261 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II 1
Summer Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NMTEC 212 Positron Emission Tomography 2
NMTEC 232 Clinical Education III 12
NMTEC 250 Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine 3
NMTEC 262 Clinical Nuclear Medicine III 1
Fall Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NMTEC 280 Computed Tomography for Nuclear Medicine 3
NMTEC 233 Clinical Education IV 13
Winter Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NMTEC 234 Clinical Education V 13
NMTEC 275 Board Preparation 1

Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this website may be altered by the college to reflect the needs of industry, student interests and availability of resources.

This website is designed as a tool to assist in making degree selection decisions, but may not be up-to-date in all instances. Please review worksheets with an advisor to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

Gainful Employment information for many programs is available on the Public Disclosure website.

Last Updated September 25, 2015