Nuclear Medicine Technology

College of Science and Health
Nuclear Medicine Technology

Unravel the Mysteries of the Human Body with Nuclear Medicine: A Gateway to Cutting-Edge Diagnostics and Therapeutics

In the realm of medical imaging, nuclear medicine stands as a beacon of innovation, offering unparalleled insights into the structure and function of the human body. Unlike traditional imaging modalities that focus on anatomy, nuclear medicine delves into the realm of physiology, providing a comprehensive picture of how organs and tissues are working at the molecular level.

The field of nuclear medicine is undergoing a remarkable transformation, driven by the development of novel radiopharmaceuticals, innovative treatment approaches, and the integration of advanced hybrid imaging technologies such as PET/MRI, PET/CT, and SPECT/CT. These advancements are paving the way for earlier and more accurate diagnoses, personalized treatment plans, and improved patient outcomes.

Join the ranks of pioneers in nuclear medicine and make a profound impact on the lives of others. With your expertise in this rapidly evolving field, you’ll contribute to advancements in medical imaging and diagnostics, paving the way for a healthier future for all.

Discover the Rewards of a Life-Changing Career in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Embark on a transformative journey into the realm of nuclear medicine, where you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest advancements in medical imaging and diagnostics. Our rigorous curriculum, meticulously crafted to balance a strong science foundation with courses in the humanities and social sciences, will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and empathy to excel in this dynamic field.

Sharpen your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as you engage in real-world clinical practice. Our hands-on approach will empower you to analyze complex patient data, formulate insightful interpretations, and make informed decisions that contribute to optimal patient care.

Graduate with the confidence to seamlessly transition into the nuclear medicine workforce. Our comprehensive curriculum, coupled with hands-on clinical experience, will equip you with the expertise and professionalism sought after by employers in this exciting and growing field.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Track Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 90 semester credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.800 or higher at Benedictine University.
  • Maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better in all Nuclear Medicine Technology courses.

Clinical Education Requirements

  • Apply for admission to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our clinical education program affiliate hospital, during the junior year.
  • Successfully complete a 13-month, 36-semester-credit-hour clinical education curriculum in an American Medical Association accredited hospital program affiliated with the University.
  • Demonstrate strong clinical performance and maintain a satisfactory GPA throughout the clinical education program.

Eligibility for Certifying Examinations

  • Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the following certifying examinations:
    • Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) exam
    • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam
    • Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) exam

A degree in nuclear medicine technology opens doors to a range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in the healthcare industry. Here are the top five career paths you can pursue with this qualification:

Nuclear Medicine Technologist: This is the most common career path for nuclear medicine technology graduates. Nuclear medicine technologists, also known as nuclear medicine technologists, work closely with physicians to administer radioactive drugs to patients for diagnostic imaging or treatment. They prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals, operate imaging equipment, and produce high-quality images for interpretation by physicians.

Nuclear Cardiology Technologist: Nuclear cardiology technologists specialize in the use of nuclear medicine techniques to assess the heart’s structure and function. They perform cardiac single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, providing detailed images of blood flow and perfusion in the heart.

Radiopharmacist: Radiopharmacists are pharmacists who specialize in the preparation and dispensing of radioactive drugs used in nuclear medicine procedures. They work closely with nuclear medicine technologists and physicians to ensure the safe and effective use of radiopharmaceuticals.

Nuclear Medicine Physicist: Nuclear medicine physicists oversee the quality and safety of nuclear medicine equipment and procedures. They conduct calibration tests, perform dosimetry calculations, and develop treatment protocols. They also provide training and guidance to nuclear medicine technologists and radiopharmacists.

Nuclear Medicine Researcher: Nuclear medicine researchers investigate new radiopharmaceuticals, imaging techniques, and treatment approaches for various diseases. They work in research laboratories and academic institutions, contributing to the advancement of nuclear medicine.

These are just a few of the many exciting career opportunities available with a degree in nuclear medicine technology. With your strong foundation in nuclear medicine principles, technical skills, and patient care, you can make a meaningful impact on the lives of others while pursuing a rewarding and fulfilling career in healthcare.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program:

  • Management and Methods of Patient Care
  • Radiation Physics and Instrumentation
  • Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Clinical Practicum
  • Radionuclide Chemistry and Radiopharmacy
  • Computed Tomography and Cross-Sectional Anatomy

Nuclear Medicine Technology Courses (NMTC)

Lisle undergraduate course descriptions

Mesa undergraduate course descriptions

Requirements – Nuclear Medicine Technology

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.

Principles of Participation

Most healthcare professional schools do not require that you study a specific academic major. Many students choose Health Science or Biology because there is significant overlap of major courses and prerequisites. However, we recommend that if you have a passion in another area, you can and should major in that area. Graduates who do this find they can incorporate this area of passion into their professional life for a more satisfying career. In addition to your academic (major) advisor, all pre-health profession students should work with a pre-health advisor to guide you in choosing courses that are required for entry into the medical or other healthcare professional school of your choice. Your pre-health advisor will also work with you to ensure that your extracurricular activities are appropriate for successful admission to a healthcare professional program.

The Office of Pre-Health Professions Programs is responsible for supporting students interested in a health profession career. The office is the primary advising center within the University for the health professions and provides career information to students interested in medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, veterinary science, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. This office also coordinates health profession practica. Additional programs are available in Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Radiation Therapy through the Bachelor of Arts in Biology program, and prepare students for progression into Rush University’s MS in Respiratory Care.

Benedictine students and alumni interested in a health professional school after graduation and who meet the criteria are eligible to participate in the HPRC process.

Please read through the information below carefully. Should you have any questions, please contact Karen Mulacek, the HPRC Coordinator.

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