Professional Education

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine technologists use radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The responsibilities of a nuclear medicine technologist can be divided into four general categories: safe and proper handling of radioactive materials, care and operation of radiation detection equipment, knowledge of the technical and biological principles upon which nuclear medicine procedures are based, and most importantly, patient care.

Individuals interested in a career in nuclear medicine technology must display attributes of compassion and concern and be emotionally mature as they deal with the psychological stress that accompanies the seriously ill patient.

Career Preparation

To prepare for a career in nuclear medicine technology, a student must have a strong background in sciences such as biology, math, physics and computer science. A career in nuclear medicine technology requires the combination of prerequisite course work from a college or university and clinical education in an accredited nuclear medicine technology program. Many colleges and hospitals offer programs in nuclear medicine technology. Programs that affiliate with colleges and universities offer either an associate's or bachelor's degree. Hospital programs offer a certificate of completion.

Students in all programs take prerequisite courses at a college or university and their professional education at a hospital or clinic in an accredited nuclear medicine technology program.


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