Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Health Careers

About the Career

Nuclear medicine technologists are highly specialized health care professionals who work closely with nuclear medicine physicians and/or radiologists using radioactivity for diagnosing and treating disease. Nuclear medicine technologists perform such daily duties as preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals, imaging various organ systems with specialized gamma cameras, and performing computer processing of images to provide data analysis to interpreting physicians. Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to increase due in part to technical innovation and in part to an increase of middle-aged and older patients. Alternate career paths for registered technologists are numerous, including work in registered laboratories, teaching, training for medical equipment and radiopharmaceutical manufacturing firms, or as radiation safety officers in regulatory agencies or hospitals.


Academic Programs

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine technologists are trained in the safe handling and application of radioactive materials for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the medical field.

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Computed Tomography

The Computed Tomography Certificate is an advanced certificate and requires entering students to have completed an accredited radiologic technology, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine program.

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Projected Job Growth

+8.6%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$61,000*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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