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B.S. in Nuclear Medicine Technology Degree

 

WHAT IS NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY?

Nuclear medicine technology is the allied health specialty which employs the use of radioactive isotope preparations for diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is a sophisticated, dynamic field which has grown phenomenally during the past decade and is projected to continue growing for years to come.

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WHAT IS A NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST?

The nuclear medicine technologist (NMT) is a highly-skilled person who, under the direction of a qualified physician, prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals, performs in-vitro assays, calibrates and operates instruments for detection of radiation, processes and prepares organ images, and maintains laboratory safety and quality control.

A solid background in physiology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics is required for the NMT before undertaking the year of specialized clinical training and internship at a training hospital. This background is provided in depth by three academic years of preparatory studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The duties of a nuclear medicine technologist may be performed by anyone who has completed the clinical year of specialized training and has attained accredited NMT certification.

The baccalaureate degree program should enable greater opportunities for professional excellence, leadership, and advancement.
 

THE PROGRAM

Edinboro University, specifically its Department of Biology and Health Services, has designed a program in cooperation with two academic affiliates and numerous clinical training sites that will culminate in a baccalaureate degree in nuclear medicine technology.

Students of the program will complete three years of preparatory studies at Edinboro plus an intensive calendar year of specialized study and internship under the direction of the Nuclear Medicine Institute at the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, or the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

THE DEGREE

Students who successfully complete the four-year cooperative program will be awarded the degree of bachelor of science with a major in nuclear medicine. He or she will then be eligible for a national certification examination in nuclear medicine technology.  Recent Edinboro graduates have a greater than 90% pass rate on this national certification examination.  Other prerequisites may be required for the Academic Affiliate.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Skills                                                                    12 semester hours

ENGL101 College Writing Skills (3)
ENGL102 Specialized College Writing and Research Skills (3)
MATH260 Elements of Statistics (3)
CSCI104, higher CSCI or discipline-specific computer based course (3)

Core                                                                     21 sem. hrs.

  Three semester hours from each of the following categories:

1. Artistic Expression
2. World Civilizations
3. American Civilizations
4. Human Behavior
5. Cultural Diversity and Social Pluralism
6. Ethics
7. Natural Science

Required Courses                                             32 sem. hrs.

BIOL312 Human Physiology and Anatomy I (4)
BIOL313 Human Physiology and Anatomy II (4)
CHEM140 General Chemistry (4)
CHEM301 General Organic Chemistry (4)
CHEM302 General Biochemistry (4)
MATH107 Precalculus Mathematics (4)
PHYS201 Physics I (4)
PHYS202 Physics II (4)

Humanities and Fine Arts                                3 sem. hrs.
Social and Behavioral Sciences                     3 sem. hrs.
Health and Physical Education                       3 sem. hrs.
Electives                                                              14 sem. hrs.

 

Specialization in Nuclear Medicine                 32 sem. hrs.
(Hospital and Clinical Training) **

NMED401 Basic Math and Nuclear Physics (3)
NMED402 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation (3)
NMED403 Radionuclide Measurements (3)
NMED404 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection (3)
NMED405 Lectures in Physiology, Hematology, Chemistry (3)
NEMD406 Clinical Application of Radionuclides (4)
NMED407 Technical Evaluation of Nuclear Medicine Procedures (6)
NMED408 Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Hematology and Chemistry Practicum (7)

**Hospital and clinical courses categorized above as eight courses totaling 32 semester hours credit, represent 20 hospital institute courses totaling 2,164 clock hours of training and practice for a 12-month calendar year.

TOTAL                                                                 120 sem. hrs.

FEES

Total costs for the first three years in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program are the same as those charged for all other majors. During the fourth year, however, when the student studies in the hospital, only a minimal fee is charged by the University. Additional monies may be required by the hospital as an instructional fee.