Nuclear Medicine Technology Program ROCH - MC0945-02
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
The Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., offers a one-
year program in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses
radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, for diagnosis, therapy and medical research.
Throughout the program you will be trained in all aspects of a nuclear medicine technologist’s
• Patient contact and preparation for radioactive tracers
• Patient imaging procedures, including computer processing and image enhancement
• Radioactive chemical compound preparation and administration
• Radioactive therapy and quality control
• Radiation safety
• Laboratory testing
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on
Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
For more information see:
Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher
Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Fax: (312) 263-7462
If you have a bachelor of science degree or you are a senior at one of the following affiliated academic
institutions, you can apply to Mayo School of Health Sciences’ Nuclear Medicine Technology
• Ashford University, Clinton, IA
• Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
• Luther College, Decorah, IA
• St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
• St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN
• University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, WI
The nuclear medicine facility at Mayo Clinic is the largest in the region, performing more than 26,000
procedures annually. These procedures are performed at multiple locations on the Mayo Clinic
campus: Rochester Methodist Hospital, two sites at Saint Marys Hospital, and via a mobile service.
As a nuclear medicine student, you will have access to many specialized computers, 25 gamma
cameras, 14 with advanced SPECT (i.e. single photon emission computerized tomography) and
SPECT/CT capabilities (for attenuation correction, anatomical localization, etc.); four PET/CT (i.e.
combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography) scanners; and one cyclotron
In addition to the two hospitals, the Mayo Clinic campus comprises an extensive outpatient complex
as well as research and education facilities. It is one of the largest, most advanced medical center in
Graduation and Certification
When you complete the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, you will receive a Certificate
of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine and, if applicable, a
baccalaureate degree from your college or university.
Graduates are eligible to take the professional certification examinations given by the Nuclear
Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic
For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per
week. While the regular week is usually 40 hours, additional projects and homework will be assigned.
No credit is given for previous work experience.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits eight to 10 students to its Nuclear Medicine
Technology Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This ensures you will receive one-on-one
instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.
Classroom instruction is scheduled primarily in the fall, followed by clinical rotations.
A building block approach is used for all instruction. Lectures and workshops start with a review
of college course work and build on those concepts as they apply to nuclear medicine. Workshops
include topics such as cell-labeling techniques, instrumentation, patient-handling techniques and
You will gain supervised clinical experience using state-of-the-art equipment including computers,
cameras and PET. Clinical rotations in each area of imaging and nuclear pharmacy are one to two
weeks in length. As your knowledge and skills in nuclear medicine increase, supervision will be
reduced, allowing you to function more independently on routine procedures.
Students who are in good standing, academically and clinically, may be offered a four-week elective
rotation to Mayo Clinic’s practice in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz. This rotation will give you intensive
clinical experience in a broader range of practice environments. These rotations take place between
March and July. Mayo Clinic funds the authorized additional costs for those selected.
Students may elect to participate in rotations to three other sites. Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Mayo
Health System in LaCrosse, WI, Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital Mayo Health System in Mankato,
MN, and Central Minnesota Heart Center at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN offer one or two-
week rotations during the spring and summer.
The curriculum for the program is taught on a semester-based schedule to match the academic
structure of our program affiliates.
Course Schedule for Semester-Hours Program
Fall Semester I
Hospital Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Radiation Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Mathematical Evaluation of Clinical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Clinical Nuclear Practicum I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Nuclear Medicine Chemistry and Chemistry of Radionuclides . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Spring Semester II
Clinical Instrumentation and Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Records and Administrative Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Clinical Nuclear Practicum II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Application of Radionuclides to Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Clinical Radiation Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Therapeutic Radionuclides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Application of Computers to Nuclear Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The total curriculum equals 1,853 hours (i.e., 391 hours in lectures and workshops and 1,462 hours in
Grading or Evaluation
Mayo School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:
• Written examination
• Demonstration of skills
• Self-assessment exercises
• Faculty reviews
Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual
performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing
academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling
Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education
programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to
assure the highest-quality training.
MSHS Teaching Faculty
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program draws its faculty from the clinical, scientific and technical
staffs of Mayo Clinic. They are chosen for their commitment to teaching as well as to clinical practice
and/or research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their
Of the 78 nuclear medicine staff members at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, there are 56 Certified Nuclear
Medicine Technologists, twelve physicians, six nurses, two physicists, one radiochemist, six PET
support personnel, and several support and administrative staff.
You will have access to these individuals throughout your internship – with the opportunity to learn
directly from some of today’s best nuclear medicine practitioners.
A hallmark of higher education excellence is the breadth and depth of information and experience
provided to students by the faculty and visiting experts. Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic
to lecture on their areas of medical and scientific expertise each year. As a student of Mayo School
of Health Sciences, you are encouraged to attend all conferences, lectures and seminars prepared for
students, residents, fellows and consulting staff.
Eligibility and Prerequisites
To be accepted into the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program in Rochester, you must:
• Be a senior from one of our affiliated academic institutions, which have agreed to accept our
program as valid fourth-year completion of their bachelor’s degree.
• Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa.
• Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla.
• Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
• St. Cloud State University, Minn.
• St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn.
• University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Wis.
• Have completed a bachelor’s degree in science or a science-related major from an accredited
college or university. You must receive your bachelor’s degree prior to the start of this program
• Have completed courses in:
• College Algebra
• Elementary Physics
• Elementary Statistics
• General Biology
• General Chemistry
• Human Anatomy and Physiology
• Nuclear Chemistry and/or
• Radiation Biology
• Organic Chemistry
• Quantitative Analysis
Applicants are not selected based on grades alone, but your college/university cumulative grade
point average should be at least 2.75 (4.0 scale). You are required to attend full time; no part-time
option is available.
International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the internet-
based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) exam. Learn more about the exam and
register online at www.ets.org/toefl. Our school code for the TOEFL exam is 5784. Scores of the
speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions.
Further, applicants from outside of the United States must have their educational transcripts
translated (if not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential
evaluation service company. Please refer to www.naces.org/members.htm for a list of qualified
companies. The applicant bears the cost of the examination and credential evaluation services
Policies and Responsibilities
Modern allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be
accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills, and professional attitudes and
behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best possible healthcare practitioners.
Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired
intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs in the
school is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art
and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general
• Critical thinking
• Sound judgment
• Excellent communication skills
• Emotional stability and maturity
• Physical and mental stamina
• Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient
safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission
interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) examination or equivalent examination.
Applicants will be judged not only on their scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and
emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program’s curriculum and graduate as skilled
and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare
of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards which are deemed
essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations
should initiate their request with the specific Program Director.
In addition to these general qualities, admissions committees for each program may require additional
specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from
each individual Program Director.
Additional Admission Requirements Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also
comply with the following prevailing institutional policies and procedures:
• Occupational Health Review and/or Physical Exam
• Background Study
• Drug Screen
• Health Insurance
• HIPAA, Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS
Program in which you are offered admission.
Specific questions about these requirements may be directed to the school.
Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission
offer or terminating admission.
Mayo School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be
considered for admittance you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish
In addition to the general responsibilities listed previously, nuclear medicine technologists are
• Work standing more than 50 percent of the time.
• Bend, stoop, kneel, push and pull
• Lift 25 to 50 pounds occasionally.
• Have adequate use of arms, hands and fingers in order to perform examinations and operate
• Hear and see clearly when dealing with patients, radioactive materials, cameras and infection
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the
program. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should
initiate their request with the program’s director.
Eight to ten candidates are selected each year for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program on a
competitive basis. Classes begin the first Tuesday in September.
You must submit your application after November 1 and before January 22 prior to your September
start date. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by January 22 of the
year you wish to begin classes. There is no application fee for this program.
Step 1: To apply to the program, please submit the following materials:
• Official transcripts from all educational institutions you attended after high school, including all
college and/or university credits and grades from your most recent quarter/semester.
• Transcripts may be sent directly to MSHS from the school and must include an embossed seal. If,
however, they are sent to you first, include the transcripts with your application in their original,
• Three letters of recommendation, including work-related, education-related and professional.
- Letters may also be submitted as part of the online application.
- Letters completed off-line must follow the same format as if completed online and be mailed
in a signed sealed envelope.
Please send the required materials that are NOT completed online, plus any transcripts not sent
directly to MSHS, in one envelope to:
Mayo School of Health Sciences
200 First Street SW
Siebens Building, 11
Rochester, MN 55905
Step 2: Complete the Mayo School of Health Sciences’ online application form.
Step 3: Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic in Rochester for
a personal interview with the program director and program’s admissions committee. An interview
can be arranged only when your application file is complete.
During the interview, you will meet the other candidates and receive materials about Mayo Clinic and
Rochester. Current students will give a tour of Mayo’s nuclear medicine facilities.
Step 4: Appointment letters are mailed approximately March 10. A written acceptance letter is
requested within 10 days
Tuition Financial Aid
The annual tuition for the program is based on the affiliated college’s or university’s tuition fees.
Tuition is approximately $8,700 and payment arrangements have been made with our affiliated
Students already holding degrees pay the $8,700 tuition directly to Mayo School of Health Sciences in
Please contact your academic adviser or Mayo School of Health Sciences if you need more information
about program costs, which are subject to annual review and adjustment.
You are responsible for providing your living accommodations.
Outside employment is not recommended during the first four months of the program. You may hold
outside employment after that if it does not conflict with your program responsibilities.
Scholarships may be available for those who demonstrate financial need.
The College of Medicine Student Financial Aid Office can provide more details about financial aid
offered for the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.
Nuclear Medicine Technology Career Overview
Nuclear medicine technology involves the use of radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals,
to create images of organs, study body functions, analyze biological specimens and treat disease.
Nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) apply the art and skill of diagnostic imaging and therapeutics
through the safe and effective use of radionuclides.
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Nuclear Medicine Technology Program - Rochester, Minn.
More About Nuclear Medicine Technology
For organ-imaging procedures, radiopharmaceuticals are administered to patients intravenously,
orally or by inhalation. The radioactive material concentrates in a specific organ or organ system.
Instruments called scintillation cameras can detect the radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceutical
concentrated in the organ. The camera produces a computer image of the organ. The images allow
medical professionals to study the structure and measure the function of the organ, and to identify
tumors, areas of infection or other disorders. The radiation dose is small, and the patient experiences
little or no discomfort during the procedure.
NMTs play an integral role in the health-care team, working with patients, physicists, nuclear
pharmacists, computer specialists, nurses, secretaries and other health-care professionals.
The field of nuclear medicine technology has grown significantly over the past few years. Career
opportunities for nuclear medicine technologists are very good. With the growth of the middle-aged
and elderly populations, demand will increase for diagnostic procedures, including nuclear medicine
testing. In addition, advances in medical technology will likely increase the diagnostic use of nuclear
NMTs are employed in hospitals, universities, medical clinics and research centers across the
United States and abroad. There are more than 13,000 NMT positions throughout the country. After
further study in nuclear medicine, you may advance to positions such as chief technologist, research
technologist or educator.
Mayo Clinic Jobs
The Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology actively recruits nuclear medicine technologists as needed
to serve patient needs.
• Jobs in Radiology at Mayo Clinic
According to a recent survey conducted by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board,
annual salaries are between $45,000 and $60,000. Salaries depend on employer and location. Many
survey respondents had more than 20 years of work experience, indicating significant job retention
Visit the following Web sites to learn more about nuclear medicine:
Society of Nuclear Medicine (http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm?pageid=10rpid=10)
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (www.nmtcb.org)
For more information about the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Elton A. Mosman, Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Director
Enrollment and Student Services
Fax: (507) 284-0656
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Siebens 11-Nuc Med
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905