Nuclear Medicine Technology
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.
Complete the MANDATORY application for Triton College.
In addition to fulfilling the selective admission health program requirements, candidates must complete the following general admission requirements: complete a Triton College application, submit applicable transcripts, take placement exams or demonstrate course equivalency, and complete new student orientation.
Complete the MANDATORY Selective Admission Application for Health Careers
Note: Applicants can apply to the Nuclear Medicine program, but full consideration for acceptance will not be considered until all prerequisites for the program have been successfully completed. 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 about the career, the program at the college and the career pathways in the field. For information on Information Session dates, times and locations, please register through our form below.
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.
Information Session Schedule
Students interested in admission to the program are encouraged to attend an Information Session. Meetings last about an hour and a half, no RSVP necessary, but recommended.
- Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4PM in Room H-113
- Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4PM in Room H-113
- Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4PM in Room H-113
- Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 4PM in Room H-113
The Nuclear Medicine Technology program at Triton College admits one class per year in the fall. It is a 5 semester program, not including the pre-requisites that must be completed to be considered for program admission.
- To be considered for admissions to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, applicants must complete the following:
- Attendance at an Information Session at the College is strongly encouraged.
- Submit a completed application to Triton College online.
- Complete the mandatory Selective Admission Application for Health Careers. Applicants must meet minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Interested applicants that have completed program prerequisites or those pursuing coursework should complete the Mandatory Selective Admission Application for Health Careers.
- All students must complete the Triton College's Placement Tests.
- Send an official high school transcript and any college transcript if considering coursework for transfer to the Triton College Records department.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Students with foreign transcripts must have them evaluated by an independent credential agency before submitting them to the college's Record department.
- Complete program pre-requisites before the start of the program.
Must read and write at college level, can be demonstrated by course equivalency, or by meeting all current reading and writing requirements for RHT101 placement; General Physics (PHY100); and College Algebra (MAT110) or must meet current college math requirement for completion of MAT110; and Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIS240). 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. All test scores must be within the last two years.
- Admission selection is based upon successful completion of pre-requisite courses as well as additional coursework towards the AAS degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
- In order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants must possess the following non-academic skills:
- Speak, hear and observe the patient in order to properly care and effectively communicate both verbally and non-verbally.
- Problem solve and respond to critical situations.
- Maneuver in small spaces, lift 50 lbs, execute motor skills to care and move patients, operate equipment and administer intravenous material.
- Travel to academic and clinical affiliates.
- Perform job for extended period without breaks.
- Students are not accepted into the program or eligible to register for nuclear medicine courses until they receive an official acceptance letter.
- Please note that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee program admission. Students are not considered accepted into the program or eligible to register for nuclear medicine courses until they respond to their official acceptance letter.
- Students awaiting admission to the program are strongly encouraged to complete all other general education requirements prior to entering the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.
- Our health careers' selective enrollment programs have implemented rolling admission deadlines and notification as follows:
- September 15
- January 15
- March 15
- June 1 (Only if seats remain available for Fall admission)
Program graduates are eligible to sit for both the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) exam and the Nuclear Medicine exam test of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). It is the choice of the graduate to take both or just one of the board exams; both are nationally recognized.
Calculated as # graduates that passed board exam/ # graduates that took the board exam
Calculated as # graduates that started the program / # graduates that graduated from the program
Graduate outcomes are indicators of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals. Programmatic graduate outcomes data reported on the JRCNMT website include: 5-year time period of current report; graduation rate; ARRT credentialing success; NMTCB credentialing success and job placement rate.
- Allied Health: Nuclear Medicine Presentation
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT)
- Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources (CAREER)
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Division of Nuclear Safety, Medical Radiation Technologist Application
- Joint Review Commission of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)
- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)
- Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)
Tory Maloy, MBA, CNMT