Nuclear Medicine Technology
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- Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Bachelor of Science in NMT, Pre-Medicine Option
- Bachelor of Science in NMT, Pre-Physician Assistant Option
Overview: The nuclear medicine technologist uses safe, painless, cost-effective techniques both to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique in that it documents organ function and structure, in contrast to diagnostic radiology, which is based upon anatomy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment rates between 2000 and 2010 will grow faster than the average.
Curriculum: The curriculum allows students to:
- Combine their pursuit of the B.S. in NMT with the option to add minors in Health Information Management, Business Administration or Education.
- Pursue curricular options for Pre-med and Pre-Physician Assistants candidates.
- Study at the SLU campus in Madrid Spain.
- Serve in a clinical practicum locally at one of seven hospitals and two commercial pharmacies. The variety of clinical sites allows the student to appreciate a variety of departmental structures, ranging from high end research facilities to community hospitals.
- Pursue a variety of paths when they enter the workforce from staff technologist to managerial and corporate positions.
Faculty: The program's faculty maintain professional certification in the fields of nuclear medicine technology and radiological technology. They also hold advanced degrees in health care and business administration. Faculty are also active in the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, both at the local and national level. As a result, students are routinely involved in the professional society.
Internships: Students have an opportunity to gain practical experience during their senior year at one of nine affiliating clinical sites. There are also options for students to study abroad during their undergraduate career.
Careers: Nuclear medicine technology graduates are prepared to accept positions in hospitals, industry, sales, marketing, clinical application training, radiopharmacy and education. The job market has been favorable in recent years, and predictors indicate that health care will be a bright market in the future. Nevertheless, job availability can vary regionally and between years.