The mission of the Certificate program in Nuclear Medicine is to prepare current radiologic technologists or others with appropriate academic backgrounds with the skills necessary to become entry-level nuclear medicine technologists that provide quality patient care, actively participate in the profession, and pursue lifelong learning.
The Nuclear Medicine Technologist operates gamma scintillation cameras to detect and map a radioactive drug in the patient's body to create diagnostic images. They must be sensitive to patients' physical and psychological needs, pay attention to detail, follow instructions, work as a team member, and possess mechanical abilities and manual dexterity to operate complicated equipment.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists prepare and administer radiopharmaceutical dosages and perform radioimmunoassay studies to detect the behavior of radioactive materials inside the body. Hormone and/or therapeutic drugs assessment studies in the body and imaging of cardiac function are also performed by Nuclear Medicine Technologists.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate Program, the student is eligible to apply for admission to write for the primary certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Nuclear Medicine. Graduates in good standing may also apply to sit for the NMTCB certification. Students/graduates convicted of a misdemeanor or felony may be excluded from clinical and from sitting for certification examinations.
The Nuclear Medicine Certificate program is designed for those qualified individuals who have completed a Radiography, Nursing, Medical Technology, Radiation Therapy, or related medical program and is in good standing with the appropriate licensing agency or individuals that successfully complete program admission requirements. The certificate program requires 60 total quarter credit hours and is designed to be delivered in four consecutive quarters over a period of 1 year (12 months).
Graduates of this program of study will:
The program will continually monitor program effectiveness through assessment and evaluation to ensure that the needs of the community are met.
General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Certificate in Nuclear Medicine program. Applicants interested in this program are required to visit the college and meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college.
Prospective students declaring Nuclear Medicine as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program:
*Each of these areas is used to rank applicants for full program admission. If minimum standards are met by more applying students than clinical seats, these rankings determine program admission.
For more information regarding certification, state licensure, health and graduation requirements, and policies and procedures (i.e., standards of conduct, clinical infection control/exposure protocol, due process, the Standards for an accredited program by JRCNMT, and attendance), please contact Lisa Satterfield, Nuclear Medicine Program Director, at email@example.com, (865) 251- 1887, or South College, 3904 Lonas Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37909.
* Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. *
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