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.
Triton's two year associate's degree Nuclear Medicine Technology program is the only one of its kind offered by an Illinois Community College.
There are many applicants who successfully complete the Nuclear Medicine program, and continue their health career education by completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate program. This allows students to earn two modalities in healthcare careers.
Acceptance to the Nuclear Medicine Program is awarded every fall semester.
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, 820 W. Danforth Road, #B1, 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.
Click HERE to complete the MANDATORY Selective Admission Application for Health Careers. Applicants should not apply to the Nuclear Medicine program until they have successfully completed the prerequisites for the program. Acceptance is awarded every fall semester.
Attendance at an Information Session is ENCOURAGED in order to apply for admission to this program. By attending an information session, you will learn what is expected of you as an applicant, as well as the functionality of the program. For information on Information Session dates, times and locations, please contact (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3545 or click HERE for Nuclear Medicine Technology Information Session Registration.
Disclosures:All students are required to undergo a criminal background check with the Illinois State Police. Students with a positive background check that contains disqualifying conditions may be prohibited from attending clinical rotations, sitting for certification board examinations and securing future employment. Students are responsible for the cost of performing the background check.
All students must provide proof that they carry health insurance and Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider that is current for the duration of the semester while in attendance at the clinical site. Students are responsible for any costs to maintain these.
Availability of jobs in nuclear medicine field varies and is cyclic. There may be fewer jobs available which may result in graduates considering relocation to secure employment. Like all allied health programs, the program does not guarantee job placement upon graduation.
Degrees • Nuclear Medicine Technology Degree (Associate in Applied Science - C217B)
Courses • Nuclear Medicine Technology Courses
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FacultySusan Campos Ph.D., CNMTProgram Coordinatorsusancampos@triton.edu
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