Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Nuclear Medicine Information Session

Nuclear Medicine Technology Information Session

The purpose of this information session is to provide you with an introduction to the profession of Nuclear Medicine Technology and the admission and program requirements at CCC&TI. It is not intended to answer all of your questions.

What is Nuclear Medicine

  • Safe and painless techniques that image the body and treat disease
  • Documents organ function and structure
  • Does not require surgery
  • Looks "inside-out"
  • Uses small amounts of radiopharmaceuticals or "radioactive tracers"
  • The radiopharmaceuticals are "attracted" to specific organs, bones, or tissue
  • Gamma rays are emitted from the radiopharmaceuticals can be detected by special types of cameras
    • Gamma cameras
    • PET cameras
  • The camera tracks the flow of radioactive atoms in the body
  • The cameras work with computers to form images that provide information about the area of the body being imaged
Nuclear Medicine image of a body

Intravenouse injection
Imaging diagram

Person working at a computer

Why Choose a Career in Nuclear Medicine

  • Interest in Health Science
  • Interest in Computer Technology
  • Looking for a "People-Oriented" career
  • Desire to help others
  • Good employment
  • Good promotional opportunities
People discussing image on computer screen

Job Future

  • Job opportunities are expected to increase 16% from 2008 to 2018
  • More than 3,900 hospital-based nuclear medicine departments in the U.S. perform over 14 million nuclear medicine procedures worldwide
  • There are approximately 15,700 certified nuclear medicine technologists worldwide
  • Relocation for employment may be necessary
  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nuclear-medicine-technologists.htm

Salaries in Nuclear Medicine

Opportunities

  • Community Hospitals
  • University-affiliated teaching hospitals and medical centers
  • Outpatient imaging facilities
  • Public health institutes
  • Government research institutes
  • Industry research institutes
  • Private health offices

Career Alternatives

  • Senior staff technologist
  • Research technologist
  • Technology program educator
  • Chief technologist
  • Department administrator
  • Hospital administrator
  • Industry sales representative
  • Technical specialist
  • Research-and-development specialist
Technologist at imaging machine

Certificate & Licensure

  • ARRT - American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (www.arrt.org)
  • NMTCB - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (www.nmtcb.org)
  • State & Local License
    • Approximately 26 states require licensure

Likes and Dislikes

  • You may like:
    • working with people
    • knowing your work may be helpful to others
    • good employment opportunities
    • good promotional opportunities
    • extra pay for on-call duty
    • the challenge of your work

  • You may dislike:
    • working irregular hours or shift work
    • working with chronically or acutely ill patients
    • the potential danger from working with radioactive materials

Is Radiation Harmful?

Estimated Loss of Life Expectancy from Selected Health Risks

Health Risk Estimated Day of Life Expectancy Lost
Smoking 20 cigarettes per day 2370
Overweight (by 20%) 985
Auto Accidents 200
Drowning 41
1 rem/year occupational radiation dose 1

Career Information Can Be Found At The Following Sites:

General Program Information

  • Twenty-one month program beginning in the fall
  • Limited class size of 15
  • Travel in out-of service area will be required for clinical training
  • Students will gain skills in:
    • patient care
    • utilization of radioactive materials
    • operation of imaging and counting instrumentation
    • performance of laboratory procedures

Admission Requirements

  1. CCC&TI application
  2. High school transcript or GED
  3. College transcript (if applicable)
  4. Meet eligibility requirements to enroll in gateway English and math requirements
  5. NMT information session
  6. Request a MAR (Minimum Admissions Requirements) Review by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Office

Program Requirements

  • Students in the NMT programs must achieve a grade of C or higher in all related coursework
  • Maintain current CPR certification while in clinical classes
  • Physical exam is required before starting clinical and appropriate health must be maintained throughout the remaining clinical classes
  • Details of the progression policy are available in the program manual

Please Be Aware That:

  • To ensure the public health and safety of all patients, many of our clinical affiliate sites require personal criminal background checks and/or drug screening in order for the student to participate in clinical education at that site. This may restrict progression in the program and result in non-completion.
  • Most disciplines of Health Science require registration, certification, or licensure to practice in the health care field. Most examining boards require proof of good moral character to apply to take the registration, certification, or licensure exam. This means that any criminal conviction may limit applicants from being eligible to become registered, certified, or licensed. If you have any further questions please contact the examining agencies directly.
  • Students are required to present documentation of physical and emotional health, which indicates the applicant's ability to provide safe care to the public. A completed Official Health form must be submitted and approved prior to starting clinical rotations ad maintained current while in clinical. All immunizations and proof of negative ppd must also remain current.

Estimated Program Cost

Item Cost
In State Tuition $904/semester
Malpractice insurance $13/year
Accident Insurance $6/year
Radiation Monitoring $120/semester
Clinical Management Software $50/semester
Graduation Fee $25/ one time fee
Uniforms $300/year
Textbooks $600/year
Criminal Background Check $65/one-time fee
Travel to clinical varies

*Subject to change as determined by NC General Assembly or in response to cost fluctuations. Other fees may apply.

Financial Aid

  • Information regarding available resources can be obtained from Student Services or directly from the Financial Aid office.
    • Student Services: 828.726.2700
    • Financial Aid: 828.726.2713

Program Readiness Checklist

  • I am willing to give the program top priority
  • I am in good health in order to meet the demands of the program
  • I have the financial means to complete the program
  • I have adequate, stable, flexible childcare
  • I have dependable transportation to class and to clinical sites

Time Commitment

  • 1st Semester - 17 college credits equal 56 class/study hours per week
  • All non-nuclear medicine technology courses must be completed by the end of the 2nd semester.
  • Current catalog has a complete listing of required classes
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Clinical Practice

  • Approximately 20 different clinical sites
    • Radiopharmacies
    • Large & mid-size hospitals
    • PET centers
  • Final 3 semesters - 4 to 5 sites
  • Full-time commitment
    • 768 hours total clinical
    • 3 days/week, clinical site (8 hours per day)

Steps For Career Planning

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  • 4. Take action
  • 3. Set goals
  • 2. Explore careers
  • 1. Self-assessment
    • Personality
    • Interests
    • Job values
    • Abilities

Wrap Up

So if you think you would enjoy being a vital member of the health care team, consider applying to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.

  • For more information, please contact Leslie Deal at 828.726.2330 or ldeal@cccti.edu
  • For health science admissions contact Amy Huffman at 828.726.2710 or ahuffman@cccti.edu


Please complete the Confirmation Form now.

Email these forms to Holly Freeman in the Health Sciences Admissions Office: hfreeman@cccti.edu

OR Mail to:
CCC&TI – Attn: Holly Freeman
2855 Hickory Blvd.
Hudson, NC 28638


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