Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear Medicine Technology

About the Program

A two-year Nuclear Medicine Technology Program student routinely learns the skills needed professionally between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in both classrooms and in on-site lab settings.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Health Sciences

This program is part of the

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Center of Excellence

 
 

The Health Sciences Center of Excellence is a leading health science community college in the nation and the only one of its kind residing in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Degrees and Certificates

Program Information

A Career in Nuclear Medicine Technology

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nuclear medicine is the medical specialty that utilizes the nuclear properties of radioactive and stable nuclides to make diagnostic evaluations of the physiologic and/or anatomic conditions of the body and to provide therapy with unsealed radioactive sources. The nuclear medicine technologist is an allied health professional who, under the direction of an authorized user, is committed to applying the art and skill of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radiopharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals. The nuclear medicine technologist exhibits professionalism in the performance of duties, demonstrates an empathetic and instructional approach to patient care and maintains confidentiality of information as required. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: preparation, quality control testing and administration of radioactive compounds; execution of patient imaging procedures including computer processing and image enhancement; laboratory testing; patient interviews; instruction and preparation for administration of prescribed radioactive compounds for therapy; quality control; and radiation safety. The nuclear medicine technologist applies knowledge of radiation physics and safety regulations to limit radiation exposure of the general public, patients, fellow workers, and self to as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). Professional growth and development is achieved through appropriate utilization of new technologies, participation in continuing education and involvement in research to enhance the quality of patient care.

A Nuclear Medicine Technologist, whose career requires the specialist to stand for long periods, is routinely transferring patients from wheelchairs and stretchers to scanning tables, giving injections and taking vital signs with or without accommodation. A Nuclear Medicine Technologist finds employment in hospitals and diagnostic clinics. Career ladders are open for advancement into research, sales, education and management.

With further training, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist could perform computed tomography (CT) imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diagnostic medical sonography, or radiation therapy. According to the Texas Workforce Commission the average salary for an entry-level nuclear medicine technologist in the state in 2014 was $51,873 annually ($24.95/hr).

Admission Steps

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Accreditation Information

The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology has granted full accreditation status to this program thru October of 2023. (Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, 820 West Danforth Road, #B1, Edmond, OK 73003, 405-285-0546, mail@jrcnmt.org).

Student Outcomes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Student Graduation Rate

Year of Program Graduation# Initially Enrolled in the Cohort Graduation# Initially Enrolled that GraduatedGraduation Rate (%)
2011 15 8 53%
2012 16 10 63%
2013 23 18 78%
2014 20 11 55%
2015 31 19 61%

 

Certification Exams - 5 year pass rate

 YEARSARRT
# Examinees
ARRT
Pass Rate
NMTCB
# Examinees
NMTCB
Pass Rate
  2011-2015 52 98% 67 100%

 

Job Placement

Employed as a nuclear medicine technologist within 6 months of graduation

YearGrad #Full TimePart TimeContinuing Formal
Education
Not employed as
NMT or seeking a job
2011 8 5 - 63% 1 - 13% 2 - 25%  
2012 10 4 - 40% 5 - 50%   1 - 10%
2013 18 8 - 44% 1 - 6% 8 - 44% 1 - 6%
2014 11 3 - 27% 5 - 46% 2 - 18% 1 - 9%
2015 21 10 - 48% 8 - 38% 2 - 9% 1 - 5%

Employment

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There were about 1,230 (currently about 1,500) nuclear medicine technologists in the state of Texas in 2012. This number is expected to grow by 30.9% (380 jobs) from 2012-2022.

  • The estimated annual job openings in Texas is about 55 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $34.15 hourly, $71,039 annually

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Nuclear Medicine Technology

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Nuclear Medicine Technology

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