School of Health Careers and Public Service Programs

Nuclear Medicine Technology A.A.S.

Curriculum C217B  

Nuclear Medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat patients. The Nuclear Medicine technologist administers the radiopharmaceutical and images the area or organ of interest to detect the gamma radiation being emitted. The scanners used for imaging, whether a gamma camera or a positron emission tomography (PET) detector are integrated with computers to provide detailed images showing function and anatomy. Some procedures are acquired simultaneously in conjunction with a computerized tomography (CT) study to create PET/CT and SPECT/CT images. Graduates of the program are employed as entry-level technologists in variety of settings from hospitals, clinics and medical imaging centers anywhere in the United States.

This two-year associate’s degree program at Triton is the only one of its kind offered by an Illinois community college.

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, 2000 W. Danforth Road, Suite 130, #230, Edmond, OK, 73003; (405) 285-0546. Website: www.jrcnmt.org.

Graduates qualify for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine Registry examinations.

Program Prerequisites: Must score 4 or better on reading and writing placement exam or course equivalency, PHY100◊ (General Physics) and MAT 110◊ (College Algebra) or MAT 111◊ (Pre-Calculus). Completion of the Math and Physical Science pre-requisite must not be more than 5 years old. In place of MAT110◊, students can score at level 8 or higher on Triton's math placement test in the past two years. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE

Semester One
Credit Hours

AHL 102◊  Ethics and Law for Allied Health
1
#
BIS 240◊  Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4
#
CHM 110◊ Fundamentals of Chemistry 110
4
#
NUM 100◊ Science of Nuclear Medicine
3
#
NUM 103◊ Radiation Safety and Protection
2
14
Semester Two

AHL 120◊ Comprehensive Medical Terminology
3
#
BIS 241◊ Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4

HTH 281◊ First Aid & CPR
2
#
NUM 140◊ Instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine
5
#
NUM 155◊ Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine
2
16
Semester Three
 
 
General Education/Humanities
1
#
NUM 160◊ Nuclear Medicine Procedures I
3
#
NUM 161◊ Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology I
2
#
NUM 181◊ Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology II
2
8
Semester Four
#
RHT 101◊  Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I
3
#
NUM 260◊ Nuclear Medicine Procedures II
3
#
NUM 261◊ Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology III
4
#
NUM 262◊ Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy I
2
#
NUM 265◊ Principles of PET in Nuclear Medicine
2
14
Semester Five

SPE 101◊ Principles of Effective Speaking
3


General Education/Social & Behavioral Sciences
3
#
NUM 280◊ Nuclear Medicine Procedures III
4
#
NUM 281◊ Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology IV
4
#
NUM 282◊ Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy II
2
#
NUM 285◊ Principles of CT in Nuclear Medicine
1
17


Total credits required for graduation
69


BIS 240◊/BIS 241◊ (must be taken in succession); CHM 110◊ meets the Mathematics and/or Science general education requirement.
All program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

 

Coordinator: Susan Campos, Ext. 3655