A bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology will prepare the student for a professional career as a nuclear medicine technologist. Nuclear medicine is the medical specialty that utilizes the nuclear properties of radioactive substances and stable nuclides to make diagnostic evaluations of the physiologic and/or anatomic conditions of the body and to provide therapy with unsealed radioactive sources. The nuclear medicine technologist is a health professional who, under the direction of an authorized user, is committed to applying the art and skill of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radiopharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals. The nuclear medicine technologist exhibits professionalism in the performance of duties, demonstrates an empathetic and instructional approach to patient care and maintains confidentiality of information as required. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparation, quality control testing and administration of radioactive compounds; execution of patient imaging procedures including computer processing and image enhancement; laboratory testing; patient interviews; instruction and preparation for administration of prescribed radioactive compounds for therapy; quality control; and radiation safety. The nuclear medicine technologist applies knowledge of radiation physics and safety regulations to limit the radiation exposure to the general public, patients, fellow workers and self to as low as reasonably achievable. Professional growth and development are achieved through appropriate utilization of new technologies, participation in continuing education and involvement in research to enhance the quality of patient care.
Applicants to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program must be eligible for admission to the College as well as, have earned a minimum of a 2.0 average in high school biology, chemistry, and algebra. A score of 1050 or higher is required on the SAT, with a minimum of 450 on each section of the critical reading and math components. Transfer students are accepted for admission to the Program.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Health Sciences Nuclear Medicine Technology spend three years at York College of Pennsylvania followed by a clinical year at one of the following affiliated clinical instruction facilities:
- Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Nuclear Medicine Certificate Program
- John Hopkins School of Medical Imaging
Admission to York College of Pennsylvania does not guarantee admission to the clinical instruction facilities clinical year. Students follow the prescribed courses of student 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 cumulative grade point average. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended for application to clinical rotation. At the end of the fall semester of the junior year, the student applies for the clinical year through application to an affiliated clinical program. All York College of Pennsylvania courses must be completed prior to the start of the clinical year.
It is a common trend in healthcare that employees will not be allowed to use tobacco and must remain tobacco free. Since the applicants to this program work within the guidelines of various healthcare facilities, applicants must be aware of the possibility of the requirement to be “tobacco-free”. These guidelines are determined by the clinical site, not the College, and the student will be expected to follow said guidelines to be successful in their clinical rotation.
Most clinical facilities require employees and students within the facility to be fully immunized. Lack of vaccination may affect the ability to complete this major.
The clinical year begins in August of the Senior year and is 12-18 months in duration (dependent on clinical program). Upon successful completion of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from York College. This qualifies the individual to take one of the national registry examinations** in order to become a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT). *This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology through the clinical sites.
**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 121 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. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.
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.