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 is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs, 820 W. Danforth Rd, #B1 Edmond, OK 73003
Telephone: 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 www.jrcnmt.org/news/other-news-documents/ and refer to the Accreditation Action Report.

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

Admission Requirements

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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

Gainful Employment Program Information

There are no additional costs for this program outside of tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

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).

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