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