Nuclear Medical Technologists
Below is information on the Nuclear Medical Technologist Associate Degree Program (363P) - Hospital-Based through Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences –Lancaster.
What is a nuclear medical technologist?
Nuclear medicine uses radioactivity to diagnose and treat diseases by combining:
- Computer technology
A nuclear medical technologist has various duties. You must:
- Prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds.
- Perform patient imaging procedures. You will use radiation-detecting instrumentation.
- Accomplish computer processing and image enhancement.
- Analyze biologic specimens in the laboratory.
- Provide images, data analysis and patient information to the physician.
- Sit, walk and stand
- Reach, pull and lift
- Sense and feel
- Distinguish like objects from one another
- Scan fields of data
- Communicate effectively with patients and coworkers
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( CAAHEP ) accredits the program. It is a selective program. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to clinicals.
The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences administers the clinical component. Clinicals last 12 months.
View Program Essential Qualifications (pdf) to learn more.
What are the required courses?
Download a list of required courses (pdf).
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
You will earn an Associate of Arts degree upon successful completion.
Graduates will be eligible for certification by:
- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTC)
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART)
Where can I advance my education?
Nuclear medical technologists do not have to earn an additional degree. They must earn continuing education credits to stay current with nuclear medicine developments.
- Franklin University offers a BS in Healthcare Management
- Shippensburg University offers a BS in Healthcare Administration
- Immaculata University offers an accelerated BA in Health Care Management. They offer classes in accelerated format at HACC's Lancaster Campus.
Where can I get more information? Visit other sites:
- Career Infonet
- Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
- Society of Nuclear Medicine
- Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact Health Careers at 717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222 ext. 211988.