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 gamma radiation being emitted from the patient. The scanners used for imaging, whether a gamma camera, Single Photon Emission Tomography (SPECT) or a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) detectors 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 (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT), Nuclear Medicine Registry examinations.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Must read and write at college level; 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;
  • PHY 100◊ (General Physics);
  • MAT 110◊ (College Algebra) or MAT 111◊ (Pre-calculus); in place of MAT 110◊ or MAT 111◊, students can score 26 or higher on Math ACT, or 46 or higher on the COMPASS (College Algebra) Math placement test;
  • BIS 240◊ (Human Anatomy and Physiology I).
  • 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.
  • ACT and COMPASS placement test scores must be within the last two years.

Last Update Effective: 8/23/15

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours

 

AHL 120

Comprehensive Medical Terminology

3

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CHM 110

Fundamentals of Chemistry1

4

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NUM 100

Science of Nuclear Medicine

3

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NUM 103

Radiation Safety and Protection

2

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3

 

 

 

15

Semester Two

 

AHL 102

Ethics & Law for Allied Health Professionals

1

#

BIS 241

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

#

NUM 140

Instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine

5

#

NUM 155

Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine

2

#

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking

3

 

 

 

15

Semester Three

#

NUM 160

Nuclear Medicine Procedures I

3

#

NUM 161

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology I

1

#

NUM 181

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology II

1

 

 

 

5

Semester Four

#

NUM 260

Nuclear Medicine Procedures II

4

#

NUM 261

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology III

2

#

NUM 262

Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy I

2

#

NUM 265

Principles of PET for Nuclear Medicine

2

 

 

General education/ Social or Behavioral Sciences

3

 

 

 

13

Semester Five

#

NUM 280

Nuclear Medicine Procedures III

4

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NUM 281

Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology IV

2

#

NUM 282

Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy II

2

#

NUM 285

Principles of CT for Nuclear Medicine

1

 

 

General education/Humanities

3

 

 

 

12

 

 

Total credits required for graduation

60

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

See NUM course descriptions.

See Humanities and Social or Behavioral Sciences General Education requirements.

1CHM 110◊ meets the Mathematics and/or Science general education requirement.

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