The Nuclear Medicine/PET Technology Program is a one-year course consisting of about four months of formal classroom theory and laboratory application, followed by eight months of supervised on-the-job training and rotations. Records of student progress are maintained by the program director and are available to the student for review.
The first four-month block consists of basic mathematics and physics, computer technology, concepts of nuclear radiation physics, anatomy and physiology, radiopharmaceuticals, basic nuclear instrumentation and laboratory experiments covering fundamental aspects of nuclear physics upon which the work of the Nuclear Medicine/PET technologist is based. Appropriate audiovisuals and field trips to commercial concerns will also supplement the instruction.
The last eight-month block consists of imaging and in-vitro Nuclear Medicine/PET clinical and laboratory work. In addition, special lectures and seminars supplement this block.
After satisfactory completion of the program (as judged by faculty, the program director and the education director) and fulfillment of the program objectives, the student will be eligible to take the following examinations for certification:
- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Laboratory coats, radiation monitors and other supplies are provided by the Nuclear Medicine/PET Technology Program. The $3,000 tuition covers all textbooks and supplies for the year. Tuition will not be refunded if a student resigns or is dismissed from the program.
The course is scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with days off on legal holidays and three weeks of personal time off.