Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine

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Nuclear Medicine is the medical specialty that utilizes the nuclear properties of radioactive and stable nuclides to make diagnostic evaluations of the anatomic and/or physiologic conditions of the body and to provide therapy with unsealed radioactive sources.

The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is an allied health professional who, under the direction of an authorized user, is committed to applying the art and skill of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radionuclides.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to patient interviews and instruction, preparation, quality control testing, and administration of radioactive compounds, execution of patient imaging procedures including computer processing, image enhancement and laboratory testing.

The mission of the B.S. in Nuclear Medicine program is to provide a high-quality undergraduate education experience for students in the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nuclear medicine.

The education experience is accomplished through rigorous classroom instruction, clinical experiences at local imaging facilities, and mentoring. The products of this experience are entry-level professionals capable of critical thinking, devoted to a lifetime of learning, able to effectively communicate with patients and medical personnel, committed to the ethical standards of their profession, and highly sought after by employers.

Accreditation

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theoretical and practical applications of nuclear medicine in the workplace.
  • Find gainful employment locally, or regionally, as a staff or chief technologist.
  • Continue to acquire knowledge and experiences requisite to assuming a leadership role in the field of nuclear medicine.
  • Have learned many diverse aspects of nuclear medicine from routine to experimental through a wide range of clinical experiences.
  • Successfully write a national registry examination in nuclear medicine.
  • Have a sound academic foundation for graduate study.
  • Conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.

Career Possibilities

The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is an allied health professional who, under the direction of an authorized user, is committed to applying the art and skill of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radionuclides.

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Health Sciences Advising Center

The Health Sciences Advising Center provides guidance for all undergraduate students in the School of Nursing, the School of Community Health Sciences and the School of Allied Health Sciences.

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Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences within the School of Allied Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of health physics and medical physics; nuclear medicine; comprehensive medical imaging; radiochemistry; and radiography.

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School of Integrated Health Sciences

The School of Integrated Health Sciences prepares students for entry-level health-related positions and further graduate or professional studies with classroom instruction, laboratory/clinical practice, research, and mentoring.

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