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Nuclear Medicine


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Nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is this ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function at the molecular level, which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities.

With the development of new radiopharmaceuticals, treatments and the exciting technology of PET/MRI, PET/CT and SPECT/CT hybrid imaging, the nuclear medicine field has grown significantly over the past years and is expected to grow even more in the future.

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Students in the Nuclear Medical Technology program have the opportunities to:

Experience a strong science curriculum balanced with courses in the humanities and social sciences
Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in clinical practice.
Possess necessary technical skills required for clinical practice and be well-prepared to enter the field.
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How does the program work?

In the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, you will complete your first three years of course work at Benedictine University. You should complete all college graduation requirements during these three years while maintaining a grade point average of 2.8 or above. During your junior year, you must apply to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for your clinical education. The admissions process is competitive. During your senior year, you will complete a 13-month, 36 semester credit-hour clinical education curriculum.

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B.A. in Biology

When you complete this curriculum, you will be awarded the B.A in Biology-Allied Health, and a certificate of qualification as a nuclear medical technologist. You will be eligible to take certifying examinations administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.