Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of
Radiologic Sciences

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine technologists give patients radiopharmaceuticals, drugs that include radionuclides which emit radiation, and then use a scanner to monitor the tissues or organs where the drugs localize. The resulting images are evaluated by a physician for disease diagnosis. Nuclear medicine technologists also manipulate and administer radioactive materials, operate scanners and related equipment, evaluate images for quality and accuracy and interact with patients and their families, physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Nuclear medicine technologists work directly with healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all age, in small, low-lit rooms, injecting and positioning patients in noninvasive ways. They often stand or sit at a monitor, operating gamma and PET scanners. There is exposure to radiation areas.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is to deliver a high quality, comprehensive, didactic and clinical curriculum in accordance with the standards and guidelines of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. In addition, we aim to provide students with the opportunity to achieve eligibility status for certification as a nuclear medicine technologist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

The Program’s faculty and instructors are dedicated to educating competent, knowledgeable, entry-level technologists who demonstrate critical thinking, effective communication skills, exceptional patient care and a commitment to life-long learning.

Nuclear Medicine Concentration within Your Degree

Students may complete this concentration as part of any of our Department of Radiologic Sciences Bachelor Programs. Dual-Concentration students can choose Nuclear Medicine in their first year.

Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career.

Goals

Clinical Performance & Clinical Competence

Students will:

  • Produce optimal nuclear medicine images
  • Use radiation safety measures to protect themselves, other workers, patients and the general public
  • Demonstrate proficiency at all aspects of nuclear pharmacy operations

Problem Solving Skills & Critical Thinking

Students will learn to modify image acquisition protocols to accommodate the characteristics of individual patients and will be able to identify and minimize image artifacts.

Communication Skills

Students will demonstrate appropriate and effective oral and written communication skills in general, with patients and with the interprofessional healthcare team.

Professional Development & Growth

Students will:

  • Integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice
  • Function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team
  • Participate in professional growth development

Certification Exams

All BS graduates are eligible to take the associated certification examinations of the organizations that oversee the concentration of study. Students who pass these examinations receive national certification. Dual-Concentration students may not be able to take board exams until they receive their BS.

Learn about the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)

Program Effectiveness

Program Completion Rates*

5 Year Average (Classes 2010 – 2014)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
49 46 94%


Class 2014 ONLY

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
10 9 90%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*

Pass rates are on FIRST attempt ONLY within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
35 34 97%


Class 2014 ONLY

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
6 6 100%

Job Placement Results*

Job Placement rates are within SIX months of graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 6 Months
Job Placement Rate
18 15 83%


Class 2014 ONLY


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 6 Months
Job Placement Rate
5 4 80%

*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2015.

Accreditation

The Nuclear Medicine Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)
2000 W. Danforth Road, Suite 130, #203
Edmond, OK 73003

Phone: 405-285-0546
Fax: 405-285-0579
E-mail: jrcnmt@coxinet.net