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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

To enter this career, one needs a certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine technology and a passing score on the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) national exam. Training programs can take 1-4 years, depending on the student's background.

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Undergraduate programs in nuclear medicine technology are offered at community colleges, teaching hospitals and four-year colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Nuclear Medicine Technologist Programs

Below are a few of the schools that offer training in nuclear medicine technology along with the programs they offer, their location and tuition rates.

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered 2015-2016 Tuition*
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,936 (in-state)
University of Vermont Burlington, VT 2-year, Public Bachelor's $16,768 (in-state)
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA 2-year, Public Associate $3,999 (in-district), $7,298 (in-state)
University of Kansas Medical Center Lawrence, KS 4-year, Public Certificate $2,000 per semester
Bellevue College Bellevue, WA 4-year, Public Associate $3,619 (in-state)
Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL 2-year, Public Associate $2,506 (in-state)
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,522 (in-state)
University of Alabama Birmingham Birmingham, AL 4-year, Public Master's $7,340 (in-state, graduate)
GateWay Community College New Haven, CT 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $4,032 (in-state)
Mayo School of Health Sciences Rochester, MN 4-year, Private Certificate $564

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Students considering programs in nuclear medicine should keep the following in mind when looking for nuclear medicine technologist schools:

  • To be eligible to sit for the NMTCB exam, students must complete a program that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Students may want to choose a program that has an association with a medical school or hospital with a national reputation or one that offers opportunities for specialization.
  • Some programs offer distance-learning options or flexible scheduling with classes and clinical rotations on evenings and weekends.

Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Certificate programs last around one to two years and are intended to supplement the education and experience of current allied health professionals who would like to add nuclear medicine to their certifications. Certificate programs are offered at community colleges and at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Coursework covers nuclear medicine techniques and includes clinical rotations or internships. Applicants must either be certified allied health professionals or have completed an associate degree program that included prerequisite coursework in the sciences and math.

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nuclear Medicine Technology

An A.S. program takes two years to complete and includes some general education courses and clinical practicums. Students are often required to have already fulfilled basic courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry and math before entering an A.S. program. Some programs are intended for individuals already working as allied health professionals. Prerequisites vary, but a high school diploma or GED certificate is the minimum requirement for entry into an A.S. program.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nuclear Medicine Technology

A B.S. program takes four years to complete. The first two years are spent fulfilling general education requirements and taking prerequisite science and math courses. The last two years are spent taking professional courses in specific nuclear medicine techniques and procedures. Students complete multiple clinical rotations or practicums. A high school diploma or GED certificate is required to begin a B.S. program, and satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses is required before being admitted to professional-level courses.

Aspiring nuclear medicine technologists can pursue programs at many two- and four-year schools around the country. Certificate programs take a fraction of the time and are a fraction of the cost of degree programs.

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