Nuclear Medicine Technology
Study in an accredited program that will prepare you for success in this growing field.
If you have an interest in health care and computer technology and are looking for a people-oriented profession in an expanding job market, consider a career in nuclear medicine technology.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of nuclear medicine technologists will increase by 16 percent from 2008 to 2018. The Cedar Crest College Nuclear Medicine Technology major—which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology—will provide you with all the tools you need for a rewarding career.
What Is Nuclear Medicine Technology?
Nuclear medicine technology involves the use of radioactive pharmaceuticals (also called radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. Radiopharmaceuticals are substances that are attracted to specific organs, bones or tissues. The radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine emit energy in the form of gamma rays that are detected by a special camera: gamma or PET. Computers convert the information collected by the camera into an image of the specific area of the body.
The field of nuclear medicine is unique in diagnostic technique because it provides information about both structure and function of almost every organ in the body. It is this ability to study function that separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging. It’s a safe, painless and cost effective method of information gathering.
About Our Program
The Cedar Crest nuclear medicine technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, which ensures that you will receive a quality education. By pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine technology at Cedar Crest College, you will work closely with experienced and well-respected professors. In the classroom and in the lab, you will obtain the latest knowledge and conduct relevant research using state-of-the art technology. You will begin conducting research beginning your first year.
You will also receive a quality liberal arts education, including instruction in the development of strong communication and leadership skills, which will put you “ahead of the curve” when pursuing graduate studies or a career.
You will spend your first three years studying on the Cedar Crest College campus,the fourth year consists of clinical training at one of the affiliated hospitals of the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA College). Due to the strength of these partnerships, you will have the opportunity to be trained in the clinical setting by M.D.s in combination with technologists. Learning from a physician provides a unique perspective into diagnostics and patient care, and is a benefit that most nuclear medicine technology programs simply don’t offer.
Nuclear medicine technologists work in a wide variety of clinical settings including community hospitals, university-affiliated teaching hospitals, out-patient imaging facilities and government and private research institutes. Some of the other careers you may pursue after earning your degree include:
- Chief technologist
- Research technologist
- Program director or clinical coordinator
- Instructor or professor
- Hospital administrator
- Industry sales representative
- Technical specialist
- Research and development specialist
Alumnae Success Stories
More than 98 percent of our program graduates have passed certification examinations by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) on the first try, with nearly one-third passing with honors.
The program, over the last ten years, has had a 93% graduation rate.
These types of credentials have helped our graduates gain employment in such respected organizations as:
- Aria Health Systems, Philadelphia
- Heart Center, Medical City Hospital, Dallas
- Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, N.J.
- Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa.
- St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates, Syracuse, N.Y.
- St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pa.
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the program is to provide the health community with intelligent and technically capable technologists who understand the complexity of imaging systems protocols and performance of patient studies.