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Nuclear Medicine

Overview

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.

Tasks

  • manipulate and administer radioactive materials
  • operate scanners and related equipment
  • evaluate images for quality and accuracy
  • interact with patients and their families, physicians and other healthcare professionals

Technology

  • gamma and PET scanners
  • radiopharmacy

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact – injecting and positioning patients
  • healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics
  • noninvasive

Work Conditions

  • small, low-lit rooms
  • stand or sit at a monitor while patient is on exam table
  • radiation areas

Mission

The Mission of the Nuclear Medicine Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into the radiologic and imaging sciences, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning.  Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed and enhanced.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will produce optimal nuclear medicine images.

1-B. Students will utilize radiation safety measures to protect themselves, other workers, patients, and the general public.

1-C. Students will demonstrate proficiency at all aspects of nuclear pharmacy operations.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will be able to modify image acquisition protocols to accommodate the characteristics of individual patients.

2-B. Students will be able to identify and minimize image artifacts.

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills.

3-B. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3-C. Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with the interprofessional health care team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. Students will integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice.

4-B. Students will function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team.

4-C. Students will participate in professional growth development.

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program 5-Year Average(2009 -2013)
Number Pass Rates
Took Passed JSHP National
Nuclear Medicine 40 37 93% 91%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in June 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Job Placement Rates

Academic Program 5-Year Average (2009 - 2013)
Number of Students Job Placement Rate
Seeking Job Employed in 12 months JSHP
Nuclear Medicine 19 16 84%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in June 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Program Completion Rates

Academic Program 5-Year Average (2009 - 2013)
Number of Students Program Completion Rate
Entered Grad. JSHP
Nuclear Medicine 56 54 96%

Data from Program Directors (updated annually). Data collected June 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Accreditation

The Nuclear Medicine program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). JRCNMT can be contacted at 2000 W. Danforth Rd., Suite 130 #203, Edmond, OK 73003, (405) 285-0546, (405) 285-0579 (fax) or jrcnmt@coxinet.net. Visit jrcnmt.org.

Certification Exam

All BS graduates are eligible to take the associated certification examinations of the organizations that oversee the modality of study. Multicompetency students may not be able to take board exams until the BS is awarded at the completion of the 2-year program. Students who pass these examinations receive national certification.

Visit the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) website for more information.

If you ...   then consider...
are in High School   2+2 PACE program
or 3+1 Advanced Placement BS/BS with
Immaculata University
have 50 prerequisite credits   2-year Multicompetency BS*option
or 2+1 BS/MS*
have a baccalaureate degree
and 50 prerequisite credits
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
have certification in or graduated from an accredited program* in
Radiologic Sciences or allied health and have 50 prerequisite credits 
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*

Acceptance into the second year program of choice is not guaranteed.

First Year Second Year
Nuclear medicine Computed Tomography
Nuclear medicine MRI
Nuclear medicine Cardiac sonography
Nuclear medicine Radiography
Radiography Nuclear medicine
MRI Nuclear medicine

(Other modality combinations are possible. Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing modalities.)