A bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology degree will prepare the student for a professional career as a nuclear medicine technologist. Nuclear Medicine is a specialty area of medical practice that uses radioactive substances and sensitive instrumentation to help diagnose and treat certain diseases. This specialty is directed by a nuclear physician who receives added training, beyond medical school, in the proper use and handling of radioactive substances. The nuclear medicine technologist is the individual who receives training to perform the many patient procedures that will assist the nuclear physician in diagnosis and treatment. This individual is trained in the use of gamma cameras, uptake probes, and other specialized instrumentation to obtain information about virtually every major organ system of the body. Upon successful completion of the program and the registry examination** for Nuclear Medicine Technology, the individual is certified as a nuclear medicine technologist.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology spend three years at York College followed by a clinical year at one of the affiliated hospitals* of the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. Admission to York College does not guarantee admission to the hospital clinical year. Students follow the prescribed courses of study for the first three years at the College. The student must earn a minimum of 2.0 in each of the required supporting courses with an average of 2.5 in science and mathematics as well as a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order for the College to recommend the student for the clinical year. At the end of the fall semester of the junior year, the student applies for the clinical year through the Coordinator of Nuclear Medicine at York College. The Admissions Committee of the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences decides which students will be accepted into the clinical year and also designates the hospital assignment. The student will then be required to complete the required number of shadowing hours at the assigned hospital.
The clinical year begins in August and is 12 months in duration. Three days per week are devoted to clinical practice and one day per week is spent in classroom instruction. This will involve commuting one day a week to the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences for classroom instruction and commuting to the affiliate hospital three days per week.
Upon successful completion of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from York College and a Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences will be awarded. This qualifies the individual to take one of the national registry examinations** in order to become a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT).
* Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology. The affiliated hospitals are Lancaster General Hospital, York Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Washington County Hospital, Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital of Lebanon, Lewistown Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Grand View Hospital, and Carlisle Regional Medical Center.
** Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Nuclear Medicine Technology must complete a minimum of 125 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
In addition, students majoring in Nuclear Medicine Technology must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in all major requirements with an average of 2.5 in science, math, and required major courses.