The PATHWAY to
Nuclear Medicine Technology
SCHOOL OF NUCLEAR
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
• 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
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.
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
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-
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.
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
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
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
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)
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.
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 -
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.
The application deadline is September 30th
. All application materials must be
received by this date. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED.
See the current tuition and fees list for program costs. Students are billed on a
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.
Joint Review Committee of Educational Programs
in Nuclear Medicine Technology
#1 Second Avenue East
Polson, MT 59860-2107
Phone: 1 - 406 - 883 - 0003
NJ Bureau of Radiologic Health
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 1 - 609 - 984 - 5890
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
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
PET rotation as needed
• Winter Session Clinical 5 days/week
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
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
Admisions@call.TESC.edu TESC also has a web page at www.TESC.edu
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
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
PHY 101 General Physics 4
Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology I 3
Humanities Elective 3
NMT 101 Intro to NM for Radiographers 1
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
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
CLPN 904 Clinical Practicum IV - 5 days / week = 80 hrs 0
TOTAL CLINICAL HOURS 1088