Nuclear Medicine Technology

Overview

A pivotal figure in disease diagnosis and treatment, the nuclear medicine technologist assumes a crucial role. Merging chemistry, physics, mathematics, information technology, and medicine, nuclear medicine employs radioactivity for both diagnosis and treatment. This sophisticated discipline offers insights into the intricate workings of virtually every major organ system within the human body.

As a nuclear medical technologist, your responsibilities encompass the preparation and administration of radioactive compounds (radiopharmaceuticals), execution of patient imaging procedures using specialized instruments, and processing images and data analysis, for physicians to perform diagnostic interpretation. Nuclear Medicine Technology contributes to the diagnosis, treatment, and therapy of a wide array of diseases and conditions. Upon graduation, your newfound expertise will seamlessly merge with your intrinsic passion for aiding others. 

While a college degree or a current radiology degree is an asset, it is not necessary to apply to the program. Certain criteria are required for the application process and acceptance into the program.

To ensure a smooth academic journey, it is strongly advised that interested students establish early contact with a Health Sciences advisor at Midlands Technical College. Collaborating with an advisor will help you create an educational plan tailored to fulfill all program requirements effectively. Additionally, after application, you will need to complete the following:

  • Attend a mandatory information session.
  • Perform two clinical observations.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (employers or if no work history, instructors)
  • Successfully complete a formal interview

The Nuclear Medicine Certificate is an advanced program offered at the Airport Campus.

Application Information

Eligible Applicant Requirements

In addition to general Health Sciences Program requirements, specific requirements for attaining application eligibility status for the NMT program include one of the following:

  • AAS degree in progress, with MTC's prerequisites for Associate in Applied Science in General Technology/Health Care (AAS.GEN.NMT), with a cumulative ≥ 2.75.​
  • Associate Degree, with MTC's or transferrable prerequisites for Associate in Applied Science in General Technology (AAS-GEN-NMT), with a cumulative ≥ 2.75.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, with MTC's or transferrable prerequisites for Associate in Applied Science in General Technology (AAS-GEN-NMT), with a cumulative ≥ 2.75.
How Do I Apply?

For application inquiries, please reach out to a Health Sciences Advisor. They will guide you through the process, including reviewing your transcript and helping you formulate a pathway to adequately prepare for the application. Subsequently, the Health Sciences Advisor will provide you with detailed instructions regarding the subsequent stages of the application process.

You can also click here to review Midlands Technical College's enrollment steps.

Summary of Steps to Acceptance
  1. Apply to the program – must meet with your advisor – they contact Admissions to get the app sent to your email.
  2. Complete degree and prerequisites (to include NMT 100 preparation for clinic offered in Summer) prior to starting the program (starts in Fall each year). You CAN APPLY to the program without degree completion (speak with your advisor).
  3. Attend at least one Information Session (ask your advisor and/or Gracyn Johnson – administrative specialist - johnsong@midlandstech.edu).
  4. Two hospital observations – scheduled by the Clinical Coordinator.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation to the program director. The letters should preferably come from an employer, previous employer, or if there is no work history, an instructor. The correspondence information for email is Snows@midlandstech.edu and the mailing address is 1260 Lexington Dr., Health Sciences Bldg, Suite 211, West Columbia, SC 29170.

  6. Interview – held in Jan, Feb or March. If accepted, start the NMT 100 course in Summer
  7. Start the program in the Fall of acceptance year.
Need More Information?

You can contact Nuclear Medicine Technology Contact Program Director, S. Crystal Snow, MHA, CNMT at Snows@midlandstech.edu.

Where Can I Work

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions in:

  • Hospitals
  • Private offices
  • Imaging facilities
  • Research facilities
What Will I Earn

Competitive starting salary as much as $75,500 per year or higher. 

What Will I Learn

The Student Learning Outcomes listed below identify some of the major learning goals related to MTC’s Nuclear Medicine Technology Program and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Students will possess the knowledge, technical and patient care skills, and proper effective, ethical and professional behavior, required for an entry-level nuclear medicine technologist.
  2. Students will possess sound written and oral communication in the didactic and clinical environment.
  3. Students will be professionally minded to value life-long learning opportunities.
  4. Operate imaging and non-imaging instrumentation, using appropriate radiation safety and radiopharmaceutical handling techniques to protect patients, self, and others.


Important Program Information

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Policy and Procedures Handbook

View the program's policy and procedures.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Student Outcome Data

View the program's student outcome data.

Essential Functions for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

View the program's essential standards and functions.


Accreditation

JRCNMT Accredited Program

The Midlands Technical College Nuclear Medicine Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology and graduates are eligible to take the ARRT and the NMTCB examinations.

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
820 W. Danforth Rd
Unit #B1
Edmond, OK 73003
Phone: (405) 285-0546
Visit the JRCNMT Website 

Professional Affiliations

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)

South Carolina Society of Nuclear Medicine (SCSNM)

The American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)


Graduate Achievement

The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available on the JRCNMT website by clicking on the following link: Graduate Achievement Report.

Admission Criteria

Complete all prerequisites and all coursework within the required AAS.GEN.NMT degrees, as assigned by the nuclear medicine technology faculty and/or health science advisor. Each course must be completed with at least a “C.” An overall GPA of 2.75 must be maintained in the prescribed coursework. No prerequisite AAS.GEN.NMT course may be repeated more than once; no more than two courses may be repeated.  

Prerequisite General Education Courses

Course Credit Hours
AHS 102 - Medical Terminology 3.0
COL 106 - Skills for College Success 1.0
BIO 210 - Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 - Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0

CHM 110 - College Chemistry I or CHM 105 - General Organic and Biochemistry

4.0
ENG 160 - Technical Communications 3.0
MAT 110 - College Algebra 3.0
PSY 201 - General Psychology 3.0
PHI 115 - Contemporary Moral Issues 3.0
PHY 201 - Physics I 4.0
NMT 100 - Preparation for Clinic (Mandatory for all accepted NMT students; Offered only in summer semester) 6.0

Recommended Additional Courses

Course Credit Hour
These courses are supplemental depending on the student's degree track and/or transferable credits.  
AHS 117 - The Care of Patients or AHS 127 - Basic Patient Care (3.0 credits) 4.0
AHS 131 - Computers in Healthcare 3.0
AHS 141 - Phlebotomy 3.0
AHS 145 - (Lecture)  Electrocardiography 2.0
AHS 156 - (Lab for AHS 145) Electrocardiography Practicum 1.0
Clinical Requirements

Students are accepted contingent upon successful completion of the health form, criminal background investigation, and drug screening.

Students must present BLS CPR certification (adult, infant, and child) and first-aid certification cards at the time of advisement before entering their first nuclear medicine course. The CPR certification must be kept current while in the program. Students who are not certified radiologic technologists will be required to complete NMT 100–Preparation for Clinic during the summer semester prior to beginning professional courses.

In order to graduate from the NMT program, students must complete each course with at least a “C.” No courses having an NMT prefix may be repeated.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

The following listing shows an example of coursework for students accepted into the NMT program. For a list of pre-requisite general education courses and recommended additional courses, please see the Admissions Criteria tab above. 

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(14 Credit Hours)
NMT-101 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine

Introduction to Nuclear Medicine

ID: NMT-101

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a study of the overall basics of nuclear medicine technology. This course includes patient care, ethics, medical-legal issues and the history of nuclear medicine.

2
NMT-102 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I

Nuclear Medicine Procedures I

ID: NMT-102

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a study of didactic concepts for the practice of clinical nuclear medicine. Topics include: nuclear cardiology, ventilation and perfusion lung imaging, skeletal imaging, liver and hepatobiliary imaging.

2
NMT-103 Nuclear Medicine Physics

Nuclear Medicine Physics

ID: NMT-103

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a study of the basic math and statistical skills necessary to perform nuclear physics problems.

2
NMT-150 Applied Nuclear Medicine I

Applied Nuclear Medicine I

ID: NMT-150

Credit Hours: 8

This course covers the application of nuclear medicine.

8
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
NMT-104 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II

Nuclear Medicine Procedures II

ID: NMT-104

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a study of background knowledge for application of nuclear medicine procedures. Topics include: edocrinology, renal imaging, infection and tumor imaging.

2
NMT-105 Quality Assurance Methodology

Quality Assurance Methodology

ID: NMT-105

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers the information necessary to plan and implement procedures that will satisfy quality assurance standards. Topics covered include radioplarnacy and quality management.

2
NMT-107 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation

ID: NMT-107

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the theory and application of radiation detection instruments. Topics include quality assurance and methodology nuclear medicine equipment.

3
NMT-151 Applied Nuclear Medicine II

Applied Nuclear Medicine II

ID: NMT-151

Credit Hours: 8

This course covers difficult and challenging clinical application of nuclear medicine theory.

8
Semester 3
(10 Credit Hours)
NMT-106 Nuclear Medicine Procedures III

Nuclear Medicine Procedures III

ID: NMT-106

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers theory and principles of non-imaging procedures.

2
NMT-109 Special Topics in Nuclear Medicine

Special Topics in Nuclear Medicine

ID: NMT-109

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers a variety of special topics in nuclear medicine. This course includes registry preparation.

2
NMT-152 Applied Nuclear Medicine III

Applied Nuclear Medicine III

ID: NMT-152

Credit Hours: 6

This course covers challenging and difficult application of nuclear medicine theory.

6
  Total Credit Hours 39
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$7,332.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear medicine technologists are trained in the safe handling and application of radioactive materials for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the medical field. The applied skills of nuclear medicine technologists complement nuclear medicine physicians by providing clinical information pertinent to patient diagnosis and treatment.

Average Annual Salary

$75,554
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics

Careers

Positron Emission Tomography Technologist

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) involves the use of an imaging device (PET scanner) and a radiotracer that is injected into the patient’s bloodstream. Once the imaging agent is introduced into the body, it accumulates in a target organ or attaches to specific cells. The technologist uses the PET scanner to create three-dimensional images that show how the FDG is distributed in the area of the body that provides important information on cellular activity.

Average Annual Salary

$59.639
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Diagnostic Imaging Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics

What’s next after I complete this program?

Become a Computed Tomography Technologist

Computed tomography (CT) can be an exciting and fulfilling career. As CT technologists, graduates have the opportunity to work in a hospital or an imaging center. CT Technologists will perform scans on all parts of the body for a variety of reasons. Some patients need imaging to diagnose a disease or an acute condition. Others need CT scans in emergencies, so physicians can understand the extent of injuries. While CT technologists perform the procedures, the skills and confidence learned at MTC will be critical to balance image quality with radiation dose. CT technologists will also help inform and calm nervous patients.

Become a General or Cardiovascular Sonographer

Sonography (ultrasound) is a non-invasive diagnostic medical imaging procedure that is used to visualize organs or systems in the body. It is commonly used to monitor fetal growth and understand the health of the heart, the abdomen, and the vascular and musculoskeletal systems. Sonographers work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and outpatient centers.

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