2015 Proposed Entry Level Requirements for Nuclear Medicine ...
2015 Proposed Entry Level Requirements for
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Society of Nuclear Medicine
Entry-Level Educational Requirements
Resolution Passed by SNMTS June 2005
“The Society of Nuclear Medicine
Technologist Section proposes that by 2015,
education leading to the baccalaureate
degree become the standard for entry level
Educational Summit - Nov. 11-13, 2005
24 representatives from 8 organizations and each
type of educational program were in attendance
- SNMTS - ASRT - Certificate Programs
-NMTCB - ARRT - Associate Programs
- JRCNMT - SMRT - Baccalaureate Programs
Everyone was asked to bring their opinions,
concerns, and questions to the table
Four Focus Areas Were Identified
In the absence of timely communication and
valid information, the void has been filled with
myths and half truths regarding this proposal.
We will begin the education and
communication process by debunking these
•Myth #1 - The entry level proposal is
supported by only a small minority of
individuals and was conceived with limited
input from stakeholders.
Reality #1 - This proposal has been discussed
for over 4 years. At the June SNM 2005 meeting
the proposal was approved by the SNMTS
National Council of Representative (which
represents grassroots members), the SNMTS
Executive Board, and the SNM Board of
Directors. The input and opinions of all
stakeholders has been and is important relative
to this proposal.
•Myth # 2 - This proposal would require all
educational programs to grant a BSNMT.
Reality #2 - The SNMTS cannot require
programs to grant degrees. This proposal
would require that entry level NMT’s in 2015
would possess or have completed the following:
Baccalaureate Degree (BA or BS)
A core curriculum of math and science
Successful NMTCB or ARRT exam
•Myth #3 - Current NMT’s will be required to
complete a BS/BA degree in order to
continue working or remain credentialed.
Reality #3 - The proposal applies only to
individuals entering the profession after 2015.
It was never the intention of this proposal to
mandate anyone out of a job. Jobs and
educational requirements of currently
practicing technologists will not be affected.
•Myth #4 - This proposal came about due to
dissatisfaction with the education and
training of current entry level technologists.
Reality #4 - This proposal is based on the
increasing educational content requirements
necessary to keep up with rapidly changing
medical advances. It in no way is meant to
imply that one type of educational training or
experience is inferior/superior to another.
•Myth #5 - The SNMTS is mandating this
proposal to liaison organizations.
Reality #5 - The SNMTS cannot mandate
any proposal to liaison organizations. The
SNMTS is seeking to lead the medical
community with this initiative. We feel future
technologists will benefit both personally and
professionally from this proposal.
•Myth #6 - Stakeholders and liaison
organizations have universally endorsed this
Reality #6 - Summit participation by
stakeholders and liaison organizations did
not constitute endorsement of this proposal.
All parties are awaiting additional information
and data to support this proposal.
•Myth #7 - Nuclear Medicine Technologists
are considered “professionals”.
Reality #7 - The federal government and
society deems “professionals” according to
an educational standard. That standard is the
•Myth #8 - The SNMTS is proposing that
students take additional irrelevant
Reality #8 - There are currently many
additional educational enhancements that
should be added to existing programs. Some
of these enhancements might include: PET,
CT, MRI imaging, research methodology,
advanced nuclear cardiology, molecular and
biochemical medicine, PACS, and health care
management. Educators are finding it
increasing difficult to add anything to existing
The Entry Level Task Force will convene at
the SNM Mid-Winter Meeting
The Performance and Responsibility
Guidelines for a Nuclear Medicine
Technologist and our Scope of Practice will
The NMTCB Task Analysis will be looked at
in relation to this proposal
A meeting with education coordinators at the
annual meeting to allow opinions, concerns,
and questions to be aired
Collaboration with liaison organizations
Communication with stakeholders
What Can You Do?
Send us an e-mail letting us know what you
Voice your opinion to your National Council
Lend us you advise and expertise
Become involved in the process
Be a leader, not a follower