Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Nuclear Medicine Technology


CCC&TI offers educational opportunities in Nuclear Medicine Technology on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson, N.C.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear Medicine is a health technology which utilizes the internal administration of radioactive materials. The field is primarily diagnostic although some therapeutic procedures are performed. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist works under the direction of a physician who is licensed for the use of radioactive materials. The Nuclear Medicine Technology curriculum prepares students to perform as clinical Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take any of the two national certification/registration examinations currently offered. These examinations are given by the Nuclear Medicine Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Program Information

CCC&TI offers the following educational programs in this area:

For more information about course descriptions or required courses, refer to the current CCC&TI Course Catalog and its corresponding Addendum.

Accreditation

The nuclear medicine technology program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 820 W. Danforth Rd, #B1/ Edmond, OK 73003; phone 405-285-0546; email mail@jrcnmt.org; www.jrcnmt.org. This program is currently on probation but it is accredited.
For more information go to http://jrcnmt.org/news/other-news-documents/ and refer to the appropriate Accreditation Action Report.

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
  • Job placement rate

The Graduate Outcomes Report is available at:
http://www.jrcnmt.org/students/program-graduate-outcomes/

Admission Requirements

Information Session

Admission Requirements for the Nuclear Medicine Technology DEGREE program:

Admission Requirements for the Nuclear Medicine Technology DIPLOMA program:

Career Information

An Exciting Future!

Nuclear medicine will continue to be a field at the forefront of modern clinical medicine and technological development. The future has never been brighter thanks to:

  • The development of new radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
  • Promising research and development of cancer-detecting and cancer-killing agents, such as genetically engineered antibodies
  • The expanding clinical use of exciting new technology known as Positron Emission Tomography (PET), which provides new and unique means of studying biochemistry and metabolism within living tissue
  • The advancement of fusion imaging to correlate physiological and anatomical patient information.

(Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Technologist Career Brochure on the internet
http://www.snmmi.org/files/docs/2061_EducationBrochr_Final.pdf. (Visited September 2016.)

To learn more about a career in the Nuclear Medicine field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following programs:

Career Coach logo AAS: Nuclear Medicine Technology

Career Coach logo Diploma: Nuclear Medicine Technology

Working conditions

The DOL's Occupational Outlook Handbook states, "Technologists are on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn patients who are disabled… Most nuclear medicine technologists work full time. Because imaging is sometimes needed in emergencies, some nuclear medicine technologists work evenings, weekends, or on call. Although radiation hazards exist in this occupation, they are minimized by the use of gloves and other shielding devices. Nuclear medicine technologists wear badges that measure radiation levels in the radiation area. Instruments monitor their radiation exposure and detailed records are kept on how much radiation they get over their lifetime. When preparing radioactive drugs, technologists use safety procedures to minimize radiation exposure to patients, other healthcare workers, and themselves. Like other healthcare workers, nuclear medicine technologists may be exposed to infectious diseases."

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nuclear-medicine-technologists.htm (visited May 25, 2015).

Contacts

Program Information

photo of Leslie Deal
Leslie Deal
Director / Instructor

Nuclear Medicine Program
Health Sciences
Caldwell - E - 330
828.726.2330
ldeal@cccti.edu
Credentials for Leslie Deal

Admission Information

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Amy Huffman
Coordinator

Health Sciences Admissions
Student Services
Caldwell - F - 113
828.726.2710
ahuffman@cccti.edu
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