Nuclear Medicine Technology

Curriculum NUM.NUM.AAS (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 radiation being emitted from the patient. 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.

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 read and write at college level, PHY 100◊, General Physics, and MAT 110◊, College Algebra or MAT 111◊, Pre-Calculus.
  • Completion of the Math and Science prerequisites must not be more than five years old.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  • College-level reading and writing can be demonstrated by course equivalency, or score 20 or higher on both Reading and English ACT, or score 70 or higher on COMPASS Reading and 83 or higher on COMPASS Writing skills placement test.
  • In place of MAT 110◊ or MAT 111◊, students can score 26 or higher on Math ACT, or 46 (College Algebra) or higher on the COMPASS Math placement test.
  • ACT and COMPASS placement scores must be within the last two years.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours

 

AHL 102

Ethics & Law for Allied Health Professionals

1

#

BIS 240

Human Anatomy & Physiology I1

4

#

CHM 110

Fundamentals of Chemistry2

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 & Physiology II1

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

#

NUM 160

Nuclear Medicine Procedures I

3

#

NUM 161

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology I

2

#

NUM 181

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology II

2

 

 

General-education/Humanities

1

 

 

 

8

Semester Four

#

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 for Nuclear Medicine

2

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3

 

 

 

14

Semester Five

#

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 for Nuclear Medicine

1

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking

3

 

 

General education/Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

 

 

 

17

 

 

Total credits required for graduation

69

All program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

See NUM course descriptions.

See Humanities General Education requirements.

See Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education requirements.

1BIS 240◊ and BIS 241◊ must be taken in succession.

2CHM 110◊ meets the Mathematics and/or Science general education requirement.

Coordinator: Susan Campos, Ext. 3655; Email: susancampos@ triton.edu