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The PATHWAY to Nuclear Medicine Technology

  1. 1. The PATHWAY to Nuclear Medicine Technology SCHOOL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY Nuclear medicine technology uses small amounts of radioactive materials that are administered to the patient in order to evaluate the anatomy and functional status of various organs and tissues. The radioactive material is bound to a chemical that is selectively taken up by the tissues of interest. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) is the allied health professional who performs these studies using computers and specialized detectors including gamma cameras, SPECT cameras and PET scanners. Nuclear medicine studies are used to detect various cancers, heart disease, blood clots in the lungs, gall bladder disease, infection, various thyroid conditions, gastrointestinal bleeding and many other disease states. Radiopharmaceuticals are also used to treat certain cancers, some blood diseases and overly active thyroids. Nuclear medicine technology requires: • Good interpersonal skills for working with patients, families and other health care professionals • A knowledge of pathology and physiology • Technical expertise with nuclear medicine instruments and computers • A knowledge of radiation; how to work with it safely; how to minimize radiation exposure to the patient, the NMT and the public • Good analytic and problem-solving skills • Compassion, professionalism, and a high degree of personal integrity Although most NMTs work in hospitals, an increasing number are also working in out patient clinics and physician's offices. NMTs may also move on to related jobs in research, computer and equipment applications, sales, education, administration, and software development. AMPLIFIED PROGRAM The Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center School of Nuclear Medicine Technology offers an amplified program with Union County College (UCC) that leads to a diploma in nuclear medicine technology from Muhlenberg and an optional Associate in Science (AS) degree from the college. This cooperative program offer the advantages of a hospital-based nuclear medicine technology program, as well as college-based academic courses. The college credits granted for the nuclear medicine technology courses enable graduates to transfer credits towards a baccalaureate degree if desired. Counseling regarding transfer credits is available at the school. The pre-requisites for the program can be completed at Union County College, or transferred in from an accredited college or radiography program. Some additional college courses may be required for hospital based radiography graduates. College education from outside the United States may be considered after official evaluation (see below). Credits from hospital based programs are not applicable to an AS degree from Union County College.
  2. 2. The program begins in the Spring semester and continues for a period of 1 calendar year. Most courses are during regular daytime working hours, however some courses may be scheduled during the evening hours. All clinical assignments are on regular daytime working hours. There are no weekend classes or clinical rotations. Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center grants a diploma to all successful graduates and Union County College grants an AS degree to those who fulfill specific requirements. The graduate can apply most courses toward a baccalaureate degree with Thomas Edison State College (see notes to follow) GENERAL ADMISSIONS POLICY AND REQUIREMENTS Eligibility: The Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools are not approved by the INS to accept students who are in the United States on a visa of any kind, nor can the Schools accept illegal aliens into this program. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien (possession of a green card). Pre-Requisites: All applicants to the Nuclear Medicine Program must have a minimum of 30 post-secondary credits from an accredited school with a grade of "C" or better in each required course. Courses must include: • Human Anatomy and Physiology - 2 semesters 6 - 8 credits • General Physics, Physics for Allied Health, or Radiation Physics - 3 - 8 credits • Algebra or higher level Math 3 credits • English Compositions - 2 semesters 6 credits • General Chemistry or Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences - 4 - 8 credits Applicants are encouraged but not required to take the following courses prior to entering the program: • Medical Terminology 1 - 3 credits • Introduction to Computer Systems 3 credits The pre-requisite courses may be taken through Union County College or transferred from an accredited college, college based radiography program or hospital based radiography program where college credits were obtained for these courses. College education from outside the United States will be considered on a case by case basis after evaluation of the foreign transcripts by an accepted evaluation method. Regardless of educational background, no applicant is exempt from the pre- requisite requirements. Graduates of 2 year hospital based allied health programs must request evaluation of their courses by the Program Director of the School of Nuclear Medicine Technology to determine if they are equivalent to various pre-requisites. Course descriptions, syllabi, and/or course outlines may be required for this evaluation. All sciences must have been completed within 5 years of the January start date. If courses were completed prior to that time the prospective student may demonstrate current knowledge by passing a competency exam through CLEP or TESC (Thomas Edison State College) exams. If the applicant passes the competency exam the original course grade will be granted.
  3. 3. FOREIGN EDUCATION Applicant with high school and or college education from outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a professional evaluation agency. (See the application checklist for agencies acceptable to this School) A course by course evaluation is required for college transcripts. The Program Director will review official copies of evaluations to determine if individual courses will be accepted as fulfilling pre-requisites. English language courses or the TOEFL exam do not fulfill the English composition requirement. COMPETENCY EXAMS TO FULFILL PRE-REQUISITES Credits for the courses can also be obtained though competency testing at Thomas Edison State College (TESC) or with the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). TESC results cannot be applied toward the Union County College AS degree however. A maximum grade of "C" will be granted when a TESC or CLEP test is passed if the applicant does not have prior course work in the subject. If the test is taken to replace science courses that were taken more than 5 years ago the applicant will be granted the original course grade upon passing the competency exam as described above. The list below shows the UCC classes and competency tests that can be taken for each requirement. COURSE UCC Course CLEP and TESC (Lecture/Lab/Total Credits) Exam Credits Human Anatomy and BIO 105 (3/3/4) BIO 211 TE (6) Physiology I & II BIO 106 (3/3/4) College Algebra OR MAT 119 (3/0/3) CLEP: College Algebra Elementary Mathmatical Analysis MAT 143 (4/0/4) or College Algebra Trig (3) (Pre-requisite for PHY 101 & 102) English Composition I & II ENG 101 (3/0/3) & ENC 101 (3) & ENG 102 (3/0/3) ENC 102-TE (3) or CLEP: Freshman College Composition Exam with Essay OR English Composition Exam with Essay (6) ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Chemistry for Allied Health CHE 105 (3/3/4) CLEP: Chemistry (6) Sciences OR General Chemistry I CHE 111 (3/3/4) Elements of Physics PHY 125 (3/2/4) TEPHY 111 (3) General Physics PHY 101 (3/3/4) Introduction to Computer Systems CIS 100 (2/2/3) none ______________________________________________________________________ Medical Terminology RNT 101 (1/0/1) none ______________________________________________________________________ NOTE: Chemistry for Allied Health, Elements of Physics, Introduction to Computer Systems and Medical Terminology courses will fulfill the requirements for a certificate from MRMC and/or an AS Degree from UCC but will not transfer to a BS program. Students seeking the AS degree from UCC must complete CHE 111 and CHE 112.
  4. 4. If a BS degree is desired from Thomas Edison State College students must complete General Chemistry I and are also advised to complete General Physics II and General Chemistry II. IMPORTANT: Graduates of accredited radiography programs may take chemistry during the 1st semester of the clinical component. However, they are strongly encouraged to complete this course prior to beginning the clinical program. MATHEMATICS COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AFTER ACCEPTANCE All applicant who are accepted into the program will be required to take a program-based mathematics test. Failure to achieve a score of 75% on this test will require the candidate to take an online mathematics review course, RADM 102 - Radiation Math. APPLICATION PROCESS Admission into this program is competitive. The admissions committee will consider all post-secondary grades, particularly grades in the pre-requisites, sciences, and any allied health related courses. They will also evaluate references, communication skills and the ability to follow directions during the application process. Life experience is also considered; for example, employment or volunteer work in the health care setting or situations that require public relation skills or good customer service. In order to complete the application process all required application materials must be received by the School by the September 30th deadline. All transcripts, transcript evaluations, reference letters and essays must be submitted prior to evaluation of the application. See the application for further instructions. A checklist is provided for your convenience. Application to the program can be made prior to completion of the pre-requisite courses but acceptance will be granted only on a conditional basis contingent upon successful completion of the remaining pre-requisite requirements by December 31st . At the time of application at least 4 pre-requisite courses must be completed including at least 2 of the science courses and 1 English composition courses. All sciences must be completed within the 5-year maximum as described above. APPLICATION DEADLINES The application deadline is September 30th . All application materials must be received by this date. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED. COST See the current tuition and fees list for program costs. Students are billed on a semester basis. FINANCIAL AID Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center Snyder Schools are approved for Title IV financial aid and Veteran's assistance programs. All inquiries for eligibility should be directed to the Financial Aid Office in the school building.
  5. 5. ACCREDITATIONS Joint Review Committee of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology PMB 418 #1 Second Avenue East Suite C Polson, MT 59860-2107 Phone: 1 - 406 - 883 - 0003 NJ Bureau of Radiologic Health CN 415 Trenton, NJ 08625 Phone: 1 - 609 - 984 - 5890 CURRICULUM Graduates of an accredited radiography program must take NMT 101 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine for Radiographers - they are NOT required to take NMT 135 Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection. Students who are not radiography program graduates must take NMT 102 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine for Non-Radiographers and NMT 135 Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection. Others with previous health care education will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine curriculum requirements. Program Configuration: Students attend classes and clinical practicum concurrently throughout the program. This allows the student to practice what they are learning in the classroom and affords a better understanding of the materials being taught. Students remain in a clinical site for approximately 6 months, with shorter rotations through a central radiopharmacy and a facility with PET if no unit is available at their clinical site. Students will, therefore, spend substantial time in 2 clinical sites. This allows them to become proficient while giving them exposure to a variety of protocols and different types of equipment. The class/clinical schedule by semester for all students is as follows: • Spring - Class 3 days/week Clinical 2 days/week • Summer Sessions - Class 2 days/week Clinical 3 days/week • Fall - Class 1day/week Clinical 4 days/week Radiopharmacy rotation PET rotation as needed • Winter Session Clinical 5 days/week
  6. 6. GRADUATION, NATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND STATE LICENSURE Upon successful completion of the program the student is awarded a certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. This allows the graduate to sit for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) exam and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. The graduate must pass at least one of these exams to obtain a license to practice Nuclear Medicine Technology in the State of NJ. Many other states also require licensing based on these exam results. ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE FROM UNION COUNTY COLLEGE Students who have successfully completed specific course requirements will be granted an AS degree from Union County College. In addition to the pre-requisite courses listed above, the following courses must be taken to attain the AS degree upon completion of the program: • PSY 101 General Psychology 3 credits • CHE 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits • Humanities Elective 3 credits (History, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Philosophy or Religion) Equivalent courses from accredited colleges may also fulfill the requirements, with a maximum of 32 general education credits transferred from another institution. Courses taken at other institutions will be granted credit towards the AS degree at the discretion of the college. Graduates of hospital based radiography programs must have courses evaluated and credits granted by Thomas Edison State College before UCC can transfer the courses for the AS degree. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY Courses taken at UCC and the Muhlenberg programs are recognized by Thomas Edison State College (TESC) as fulfilling requirements for a BS degree. As previously noted courses described above may not be transferable. Counseling regarding this matter is available at the school. The additional courses required to complete the BS degree must be taken at an accredited 4-year college or through TESC guided courses, distance learning or competency exams. No more than 80 credit hours including the pre-requisite courses and the Nuclear Medicine Technology courses can be transferred from a 2-year college. For more information contact the TESC office of admissions at 609-292-6564 or TESC also has a web page at
  7. 7. TYPICAL PROGRAM OUTLINE Pre- requisite Courses - Prior to clinical classes depending on the Program you select with a counselor Pre-Requisite Courses Credits RADM 102 Radiation Math 2 * Online if required RNT 101 Medical Terminology 1 * Online CHE 105 Chemistry for Allied Health 4 or CHE 111 General Chemistry I and 4 CHE 112 General Chemisry II 4 CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 BIO 105 Human A & P I 4 BIO 106 Human A & P II 4 MAT 119 Algebra 3 ENG 101 English Composition I 3 ENG 102 English Composition II 3 PHY 125 Elements of Physics 4 or PHY 101 General Physics 4 Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology I 3 Humanities Elective 3 Clinical Courses SPRING SEMESTER NMT 101 Intro to NM for Radiographers 1 or NMT 102 Intro to NM for Non-Radiographers 3 NMT 110 Nuclear Medicine Physics 3 NMT 120 NM Procedures I 4 NMT 130 NM Instrumentation I 4 NMT 135 Radiation Protection and Biology 3 * Radiographers Exempt CLPN 901 Clinical Practicum I - 2 days / week = 240 hrs 0 TOTAL CREDITS 18 SUMMER SESSIONS I & II NMT 121 NM Procedures II 4 NMT 131 NM Instrumentation II 3 NMT 140 Radiochemistry & Radiopharmacy 4 CLPN 902 Clinical Practicum II - 3 days / week = 288 hrs 0 TOTAL CREDITS 11 FALL NMT 222 NM Procedures III 2 NMT 240 NM Seminar I 1 NMT 241 NM Seminar II 2 NMT 201 Healthcare Today 2 *online NMT 202 Electrophysiology 1 CLPN 903 Clinical Practicum III - 4 days / week = 480 hrs 0 TOTAL CREDITS 8 WINTER SESSION CLPN 904 Clinical Practicum IV - 5 days / week = 80 hrs 0 TOTAL CLINICAL HOURS 1088