Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation 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 Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and the Nuclear Medicine Program is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in medical imaging and radiation sciences as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.

Nuclear Medicine Concentration within Your Degree

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

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


Clinical Performance & Clinical Competence

Students will gain the knowledge, insite, and professional skills necessary to perform competently as an entry-level practitioner.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A.  Students will demonstrate appropriate patient care techniques.

1-B.  Students will demonstrate appropriate equipment skills, radiopharmacy techniques, and radiation safety practices.

Problem Solving Skills & Critical Thinking

Students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in making decisions about nuclear medicine examinations and treatments.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A.  Students will demonstrate appropriate usage and modification of radiopharmaceutical dosages and imaging parameters.

2-B.  Students will demonstrate appropriate optimization techniques.

Communication Skills

Students will master the communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

3-B.  Students will domonstrate appropriate written communication techniques.

Professional Development & Growth

Students will demonstrate potential for professional development and growth.

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A.  Students will develop effective work habits and professional values.

4-B.  Students will function as professionals in the healthcare setting.

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)

Learn about the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) 

Program Effectiveness

Graduate achievement data are an indicator of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals.  The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by progrogram, is available on the JRCNMT website.

Graduate Achievement Report 


The nuclear medicine technology program at Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the Joint Reivew Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 820 W. Danforth Rd, #B1 / Edmond, OK 73003; phone 405-285-0546;;  This program is currently on probation but it is accredited.  For more information go to JRCNMT online directory of accredited programs and read the accreditation letter linked to the program's directory listing (

The Nuclear Medicine Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)
820 Danforth Road #B1
Edmond, OK 73003

405-285-0579 fax