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Nuclear Medicine Technology
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science
Department: Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Major provides the student with the skills necessary to become a professional nuclear medicine technologist.
What is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?
Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.
To be admitted to the Nuclear Medicine, students must meet one of the requirements listed below:
- Completion of an accredited Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology.
- Receive credit by articulation. Registered radiologic technologists who do not possess an Associate Degree may receive 50 radiologic technology credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements:
- graduation from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology
- a passing score on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination
When both requirements have been met, the Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 43 hours of ASU Radiologic Technology courses.
Applicants to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program are selected by the Admissions Committee, using the following criteria:
- Cumulative grade point average
- Selected course grades
The above criteria are converted to a point system. Selection is competitive and only 6 slots are available.
Deadline for application is October 1st for January admission.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS
The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure.
IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS
Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B. Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months. Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose. The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.
Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program. In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:
- Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
- Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
- Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
- Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
- The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.
Criminal Background Checks
Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.
Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.
Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:
Background Check Results
Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:
Red: Convictions or Discrepancy found
Yellow: Possible Discrepancy found
Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies found
Appealing Your Results
If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials.
The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.
CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.
These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.
In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.
CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience. Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.
In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses:
- All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
- Students (except DMS & MRI students) are assessed a fee of $120 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
- The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
- Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
- CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
- Students are required to purchase name badges. This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
- Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.
Classes for new nuclear medicine technology students begin in the Fall semester (August) and run for 15 consecutive months. During the 15 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through an accredited nuclear medicine program.
RS 4822, Psychosocial Factors in Healthcare RS 4463, Statistics for Medical Imaging RS 3122, Legal & Regulatory Environment of Radiology RS 3733, Geriatric Considerations in Radiology RSN 4313, Nuclear Medicine Procedures I RSN 4213, Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation RSN 4523, Nuclear Medicine Clinical Education I RSN 4323, Nuclear Medicine Procedure II RSN 4113, Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy RSN 4523, Nuclear Medicine Clinical Education II RSN 4535, Nuclear Medicine Clinical Education III RS 4343, Radiologic Administrative Concepts RS 4852, Adv. Radiologic Patho I RS 4862, Adv. Radiologic Patho II
NOTE: Didactic and clinical courses are taken at an accredited nuclear medicine program. This should be discussed with the chair of the department.
- American Healthcare Radiology Administrators
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists
- Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology
- National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
- Radiology Business Management Association
- Society of Nuclear Medicine
Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.