Catalog • 2011-2012

Nuclear Medicine Technology – Major

For information, contact Dr. Brian S. Misanko.

Program Description

Nuclear medicine is the scientific and clinical discipline concerned with diagnostic, therapeutic and investigative use of radionuclides. The program leading to the BS degree in nuclear medicine spans four years, the first three of which are spent on campus. The fourth year consists of clinical training at our approved affiliated hospitals: Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, and St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. The program at Cedar Crest College is approved by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

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.

Total number of credits required by program: 96

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Prior to declaring a major in Nuclear Medicine Technology the following requirements must be met:

  1. Completed with a grade of C or above in the following courses:
    • BIO 121 and 122
    • CHEM 111 and 112
    • BIO 217 and 218 (Anatomy and Physiology)
    • BIO 236 (Cell and Molecular Biology)
    • MAT 110 and 140 (or College Algebra)
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750

Traditional students may declare the major at the end of their sophomore year. Students are required to have earned a grade of C or better in all required courses for the major and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.750 to remain in the major.

Transfer students may declare the major after completion of the above criteria and achieving a cumulative (past and present) GPA of 2.750. Students are required to have earned a grade of C or better in all required courses for the major and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.750 to remain in the major.

Health Requirements

Dental and eye examinations, immunizations and an annual complete physical examination are required, as well as freedom from any physical, mental, medical or drug impairment that would prohibit the candidate from practicing as a professional nuclear medicine technologist.

Clinical Training in Nuclear Medicine Technology

The nuclear medicine clinical training begins early June and ends in April of the following year. Students in the clinical year of this program will earn Cedar Crest College credit and will pay one-half of the comprehensive nonresident student tuition fees. Resident students will also pay the full room and board fee.

The training is performed in nuclear medicine departments of the program’s affiliated hospitals. Teaching and clinical instructors are physicians, physicists and technologists on the hospital staffs. Student’s progress and performance are monitored by the program director, who makes periodic visits to the hospital departments. Readings, problem assignments and project work are an integral part of the student’s clinical training.

The hospital training includes the following areas: radionuclide imaging and external monitoring; radiation safety and protection; patient positioning and nursing procedures; and nuclear medicine administrative procedures. Students are required to learn and perform venipuncture and to inject radiopharmaceuticals. The training also includes: nuclear oncology, nuclear cardiology, molecular imaging (PET, and PET/CT), single photon emission tomography, immunology and cross-sectional anatomy. Thirty-one credits are awarded for the satisfactory completion of the clinical year.

Travel Policies

Travel to, from and within the affiliated hospitals is the responsibility sof the student.

Admission to the Clinical Year

No student will be allowed to begin the clinical year without documentation that she/he meets all of the following requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology Program application and letter of intent form.
  • Clearance from Health Services
  • CPR Certification (Health Care Professional Level)
  • FBI Identification Record Request – Federal Criminal History Check
  • Child Abuse Check.
  • Proof of health insurance. CCC health insurance is acceptable

Nuclear Medicine Technology students are responsible for any fees involved when obtaining the required health insurance, physical exam, background checks, immunizations, CPR training and other requirements.

Course Requirements

A grade of C or above is required for all courses that fulfill major requirements. A minimum GPA of 2.750 must be maintained in NMT courses during the clinical year.

Acceptance into the clinical year is competitive and not guaranteed by satisfaction of the minimum requirements. It is based on academic performance (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750), the available number of positions in the clinical program and student interviews conducted by the educational and clinical program coordinators.

BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
(Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO 121 and/or 122 are required to take the BIO 121 and 122 Labs.)
BIO 217 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIO 218 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
BIO 235 Ecology,Evolution and Genetics 4 credits
BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
BIO 304 Pathophysiology 3 credits
BIO 320 Biomedical Ethics 3 credits
BIO 342 Radiation Biology 4 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
MAT Algebra or above 3 credits
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 3 cr OR BUA 110 Principles of Management 3cr
BUA 110 Principles of Management 3 cr OR BUA 211 Intro to Healthcare Systems 3cr
BUA 220 Human Resources Management 3 cr OR BUA 258 Healthcare Management 3cr
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits
NMT 411 Nuclear Imaging and Instrumentation I 6 credits
NMT 412 Nuclear Imaging and Instrumentation II 6 credits
NMT 413 Clinical Practicum I 2 credits
NMT 414 Clinical Practicum II 2 credits
NMT 415 Cross-sectional Anatomy 2 credits
NMT 421 Nuclear Physics and Radiation Safety 2 credits
NMT 424 Statistics 1 credit
NMY 425 Patient Care 1 credit
NMT 426 Quality Assurance 1 credit
NMT 428 Computers in Medical Imaging 1 credit
NMT 430 Radiopharmaceuticals (PET) 1 credit
NMT 432 Non-Imaging Procedures 1 credit
NMT 441 Nuclear Oncology 1 credit
NMT 451 Clinical Seminar/Research 2 credits
NMT 452 Patient Ethics 1 credit
NMT 461 Introduction to CT 1 credit

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements

Students fulfill the Technology, Oral Presentation and Information Literacy requirements the through successful completion of the following courses:

BIO 122, BIO 235, BIO 320, NMT 411, NMT 412, NMT 421, NMT 424, NMT 428 and NMT 451.

Transfer students must complete the following courses at Cedar Crest College:

Bio 320 Biomedical Ethics 3 credits
Bio 342 Radiation Biology 4 credits
One three/four-credit upper level biology elective (excluding NMT courses) 3-4 credits

Departmental Review for Field Placement

Students majoring in Nuclear Medicine Technology are required to complete a clinical experience. Because this requirement necessitates working with the public in a professional setting, it is important that the student has advanced interpersonal skills, mature judgment and appropriate professional demeanor. Thus faculty will review students prior to the clinical experience and make recommendations up to and including removal from placement.