Nuclear Medicine Technology– Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

For information contact Prof. Judith Malitsch, jamalits@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3605

Program Description

Nuclear medicine is the scientific and clinical discipline concerned with diagnostic, therapeutic and investigative use of radionuclides. Cedar Crest College’s NMT Certificate program provides an innovative model to help ensure an adequate supply of people trained in Nuclear Medicine to meet the changing and expanding health care needs of society. Students in this program are afforded the teaching experience and strength of both the Cedar Crest College faculty and the teaching faculty at one of the affiliated hospitals of the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA College), which includes physicians, physicists and technologists.

The affiliated hospitals are: Good Samaritan Hospital (Lebanon, PA), Lancaster General Hospital (Lancaster, PA), Lewistown Hospital (Lewistown, PA), Memorial Hospital of York (York, PA)  Meritus Medical Center (Hagerstown, MD), Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Salisbury, MD), Reading Hospital (Reading, PA), York Hospital (York, PA),  Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, PA)  and St. Luke’s University and Health Network (Bethlehem, PA).

The certificate is beneficial to those who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and have fulfilled all prerequisite courses and wish to receive the scientific and clinical expertise needed to acquire a position as a Nuclear Medicine Technologists. The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology approves the PA College program.

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.

Program Requirements

Admission to the Program

Prior to declaring for a post-baccalaureate certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology the following requirements must be met:

  1. Completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and be admitted to the Cedar Crest College.
  2. Completed the following courses with a grade of C or above
    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs)
    • Physics –one course (with lab)
    • Chemistry –one course (with lab)
    • Algebra or above
    • English – Composition
    • Public Speaking
  3. Have a minimum cumulative (past and present) GPA of 2.75
Admission to the Clinical Year

Nuclear Medicine Technology, as any profession, has some potential risks/hazards related to the occupation; students may be exposed to ionizing radiation, blood and body fluids including urine, feces, vomitus, etc. on a daily basis.

Students are required to learn and perform venipuncture and to inject radiopharmaceuticals. Nuclear Medicine Technology students are required to assess patients and provide general nursing care to patients while in nuclear medicine departments of our affiliated hospitals.

An extensive amount of verbal communication and self-motivation is required in the clinical year. If you are a shy, introverted individual who prefers to stand back and observe before attempting something new and/or who hesitates to speak up, please consider other career options. The clinical year is accelerated and students are required to immediately begin interacting with patients and instructors and attempting procedures.

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

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Completed an application to PA College of Health Science
  • Successfully completed an interview with the NMT program coordinator
  • Completed Health History Form and Physical exam form
  • Provided documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria (TD or Tetanus/Diphtheria/acellular Pertussis (Tdap) within the last ten years
  • Provided documentation of the Negative two-step TB skin test within three months prior to start date
  • Completed a CPR Certification (Health Care Professional Level)
  • Completed a FBI Identification Record Request – Federal Criminal History Check
  • Completed and submitted a Child Abuse Check
  • Provided proof of health insurance. CCC health insurance is acceptable
  • Completed all other documents required by the affiliated teaching hospitals

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

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 2.75), the available number of positions in the clinical program and student interviews conducted by the educational and clinical program coordinators.

The required clinical experience (year) necessitates working with the public in a
professional setting.  Therefore, 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

Clinical Training in Nuclear Medicine Technology

The clinical year begins in August and is 12 months in duration. Three days per week are devoted to clinical practice and one day per week is spent in classroom instruction. This will involve commuting one day per week to PA College for classroom instruction and commuting three days per week to the affiliate hospital. Students in the clinical year are required to receive a grade of C or above in all required courses and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to remain in the clinical year and the program.

Academic instruction for the professional nuclear medicine technology curriculum at Cedar Crest College (PA College course equivalents) will include the following daytime courses :

Fall
NMT 411 (NMT 201) Nuclear Imaging and Instrumentation 4 credits
NMT 413 (NMT 211) Clinical Practicum 5 credits
NMT 425 (HSC 101) Patient Care 1 credit
NMT 452 (PHI 210) Patient Ethics 1 credit
NMT 462 (HSC 100) Medical Terminology 1 credit

Spring
NMT 412 (NMT 202) Nuclear Imaging and Instrumentation 6 credits
NMT 414 (NMT 212) Clinical Practicum 5 credits
NMT 415 (BIO 195) Cross-sectional Anatomy 1 credit

Summer
NMT 421 (NMT 203) Physics and Rad Safety 2 credits
NMT 451 (NMT 213) Clinical Seminar/Internship 6 credits

Students in the clinical year of this program will earn Cedar Crest College Credit. 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, which 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-two credits are awarded for the satisfactory completion of the clinical year. 

Travel Policies

Travel to, from PA College and affiliated hospitals and to any additional coursework required in the fourth year are the responsibility of the student.

Health Requirements

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

Program Completion

After completing the clinical year, each student should have attained a level of knowledge and skill to be capable of performing the various tasks as outlined in the Accreditation Standards for Nuclear Medicine Technologist Education (2010). The graduate is eligible for the national certification exam (ARRT or NMTCB) in nuclear medicine technology.

The granting of a degree or certificate from Cedar Crest College is no guarantee that you will be licensed, certified, or accepted for practice by professional licensing agencies.