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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Curriculum Description

The Nuclear Medicine Technology curriculum provides the clinical and didactic experience necessary to prepare students to qualify as entry-level Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to properly perform clinical procedures. These skills include patient care, use of radioactive materials, operation of imaging and counting instrumentation, and laboratory procedures.

Graduates may be eligible to apply for certification/registration examinations given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A45460 REVISED
NC CIP: 51.0905
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2013

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology 4 2 0 5
NMT 110 Intro to Nuclear Medicine 2 0 0 2
Select 4 hours:
Introduction to Chemistry (3) (0) (0) (3)
  AND        
Introduction to Chemistry Lab (0) (3) (0) (1)
  OR        
General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
Select one:
Public Speaking (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Oral Communication 3 0 0 3
Select one:
College Algebra NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Precalculus Algebra NEW REQUISITE 3 0 0 3
   
    15 5 0 17

Spring Semester
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
NMT 126 Nuclear Physics 2 0 0 2
PHY 110 Conceptual Physics 3 0 0 3
PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab 0 2 0 1
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
   
    12 4 0 17

Summer Term
NMT 132 Overview-Clinical Nuc Med 2 0 6 4
NMT 134 Nuclear Pharmacy 2 0 0 2
NMT 136 Health Physics 2 0 0 2
   
    6 0 6 8

Fall Semester
NMT 211 NMT Clinical Practice I 0 0 21 7
NMT 212 Proc for Nuclear Med I 2 0 0 2
NMT 212A Proc for Nuc Med I Lab 0 3 0 1
NMT 214 Radiobiology 2 0 0 2
NMT 215 Non-Imaging Instrumentation 1 3 0 2
NMT 218 Computers in Nuc Med 2 0 0 2
   
    7 6 21 16

Spring Semester
NMT 221 NM Clinical Practice II 0 0 21 7
NMT 222 Proc for Nuclear Med II 2 0 0 2
NMT 222A Proc for Nuc Med II Lab 0 3 0 1
NMT 225 Imaging Instrumentation 1 3 0 2
NMT 289 Nuc Med Tech Topics 2 3 0 3
PET 235 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3 0 0 3
   
    8 9 21 18

Total Credit Hours: 76

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives — Select one: ART 111, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 121, HUM 160, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240, or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

Additional admissions requirements:

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology, chemistry and algebra.
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification by August 1 of entering year.
  3. Documented completion of mandatory clinical observation hours prior to enrollment in NMT courses.
  4. Overall grade point average of 2.0 on those courses completed at Forsyth Tech and listed as program course requirements.
  5. Complete a Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form in accordance with program requirements.

This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by a selective admissions process. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selective process.

Potential students must possess the following requirement:

  • NC state approved Nursing Assistant I (NA I) program by August 15 of entering year.

The following will also be acceptable to meet this requirement and must be current:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant I or II CNA I or II
  • Certified Medical Assistant CMA
  • Emergency Medical Technician EMT B or I
  • Paramedic or Military Corpsman

NC State approved high school course in Allied Health II with clinical component.

A grade of F or any withdrawal in any required science course, NMT prefix course, or prerequisite course while enrolled in the program may result in the dismissal from the program. Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college.

Nuclear Medicine Technology students are allowed one “D” in NMT courses.  Should a student receive more than one “D”, he or she will be dismissed from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program of study.  Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit
eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.