Nuclear Medicine - Certificate
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 purse lifelong learning.
Role of the Nuclear Medicine Technologist
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.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification
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.
Overview of the Nuclear Medicine Certificate Program
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).
Outcomes of the Nuclear Medicine Certificate Program
Graduates of this program of study will:
- Be clinically competent;
- Communicate effectively;
- Use critical thinking and problem solving skills effectively; and
- Evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.
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:
- Complete the South College and Nuclear Medicine program application forms.
- Submit transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended (minimum radiography program or college GPA of 2.75 required).*
- Complete a personal interview with program faculty and area professionals and achieve a minimum score of 25 out of a possible 40.*
- Complete as pre-requisites a minimum of 24 quarter credit hours in natural and biological sciences that must include human anatomy & physiology (minimum 12 quarter credit hours), and a minimum of four quarter credit hours in general chemistry and lab, general physics, and college algebra (or higher) obtaining a grade of “C” or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.*
- Complete as pre-requisites a minimum of 8 quarter credit hours in patient care and assessment and fundamentals of health care.*
- Complete (as pre-requisite or co-requisite) a minimum of four credit hours in approved humanities, oral and written communications, and social sciences courses.
- Complete and submit documentation of a minimum of 10 clock hours of observation in a nuclear medicine department.
- Meet specific health and/or essential functions pertinent to the responsibilities performed by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
- Be able to commit to full attendance and participation in a rigorous educational program which requires class attendance, significant out-of-class preparation time, and clinical education assignments off-campus.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 in the table below is estimated for a full-time student.**
- Cost of Program
- On-time Graduation Rates
- Placement Rate
- Median Loan Debt
- Program Outcomes
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|Tuition & Fees||
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|On-time Graduation Rate|
|Total 2011-12 Graduates||Number of 2011-12 Graduates Completing within Normal Time||2011-12 On-Time Graduation Percentage|
Reasons for students not completing on-time (i.e. 2 years for Associate degree programs, 4 years for Baccalaureate degree programs):
|An institution calculates an on‐time graduation rate for each program by:
* Determining the number of students who completed the program during the most recently completed award year,
* From the total students identified in step one, determining the number of students that completed the program within normal time, regardless of whether the student transferred into the program or changed programs at the institution, and
* Dividing the number of students who completed the program within normal time, as determined in step two, by the total number of students who completed the program, as determined in step one, and multiplying the result by 100.
|Placement Rate - July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012|
Number of Graduates
Special Circumstance Non-Employed (Includes Cont Edu)
Number Employed In- Field or Related Field
In-Field or Related Field Employed Percentage
|Median Loan Debt - Year Ended June 30th, 2012|
|Federal Education Loans||
|Private Education Loans||
|Employment - Find Occupations on O*net|
|29-2033.00 Nuclear Medicine Technologist|
2011 - 2012 Program completion rate = 100%
2011 - 2012 National exam pass rate = 100%
2011 - 2012 Faculty Attrition Rate = 0%
2011 - 2012 Job Placement Rate = 100%