Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive materials, known as radiopharmaceuticals, to diagnose and treat disease. Once the radiopharmaceuticals are administered to the patient, whether it’s intravenously, orally or through inhalation, they allow the technologist to use specialized cameras and equipment in order to obtain information about the structure and function of nearly every major organ system in the body. It is the ability to show the organ’s function that makes it different from most other types of imaging, such as X-rays.
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What will I learn?PA College offers both a full-time, two-year associate degree and a one-year academic certificate for students that have completed the prerequisite college-level coursework. While enrolled in this program, you will learn critical thinking skills, effective communication and the value of working together with other members of a health care team. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the national certification exams, and begin a career as an entry-level nuclear medicine technologist.
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For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile.Gainful Employment Disclosure What are the admission requirements?PA College offers a two-year curriculum of full-time study in Nuclear Medicine leading to an associate degree. The College also offers a 12-month academic certificate program in Nuclear Medicine Technology to students who have completed college-level courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Physics, Mathematics (a minimum of College Algebra), Chemistry, English Composition, Speech, Humanities and Social Sciences. Students enrolled in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program at Cedar Crest College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Immaculata University, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, or York College of Pennsylvania have the first opportunity to enroll in the certificate program. Other applicants must have earned an associate's or bachelor's degree, or have completed a two-year post-secondary allied health program.
What are the physical requirements?Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.
What is the cost of the program?Click here for current tuition rates.
Program AccreditationThis program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). JRCNMT
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