Most schools in Florida offer nuclear medicine technology programs, which typically lead to an undergraduate certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree. This type of program can help students become nuclear medicine technologists who scan patients, prepare/administer drugs and record procedures. Studies combine classroom training with clinical experiences. Depending on the school, applicants to a certificate program may need to be existing licensed health care professionals with an associate degree.
Nuclear medicine residency programs are also available, which are designed for students who have completed medical school. Only one school listed in this article offers this type of residency program. Two schools that aren't profiled below, the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, offer nuclear medicine training within diagnostic radiology residency programs as well.
The state requires nuclear medicine technologists to be licensed. Licensing requirements include completion of an approved nuclear medicine technology program and certification from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). If the applicant is not yet certified when applying for state licensure, he or she can be licensed by examination. Certification requirements include passing the required examination, completing a background check and submitting fingerprints.
In order to become licensed doctors in Florida, individuals need to graduate from an approved medical school and participate in one or two years of residency training. Applicants also need to pass all parts of an approved exam, such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination. Read on below to learn more about schools that offer either nuclear medicine technology programs or nuclear medicine residencies in the state of Florida.
Situated in Orlando, AdventHealth University offers a bachelor's degree program in nuclear medicine technology. The first two years of the program provide general education and foundational science courses in physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. The last two years cover nuclear medicine, radiation, imaging, radiopharmacy and clinical experience. The school's nuclear medicine technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). Graduates are qualified to sit for NMTCB and ARRT certification examinations.
Barry University (BU) is a private Catholic university located in Miami. The school offers a bachelor's degree program in nuclear medicine technology. BU provides the academic science background, while the nuclear medicine technology practical and clinical portions of the program are provided by an accredited nuclear medicine school affiliated with BU. BU's nuclear medicine program is accredited by JRCMNT, and graduates are prepared to test for NMTCB or ARRT certification.
A nuclear medicine technology technical certificate or associate's degree is available from Broward College in Miami. The certificate program is only offered to applicants who have an associate's degree in a related health field or a valid Florida health care license. The certificate and degree programs both provide courses in nuclear medicine, nuclear medicine methodology, instrumentation, radiopharmacy and radiation therapy. Both programs also provide clinical experience in at least three hospitals in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties. The normal schedule consists of two days of classes and labs and three days of clinical experience, and the program is only available in a full-time format. In addition to the technical training, the associate's degree program also provides general education coursework.
Gulf Coast State College
A college credit certificate program in nuclear medicine technology is offered by Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. This program is offered to licensed health professionals with an associate's degree. This is a full-time program consisting of 48 credits of online coursework in nuclear medicine physics, methodology and radiation, as well as clinical training. Graduates of this 14-month program are qualified to sit for the ARRT Nuclear Medicine and NMTCB certification examinations.
Hillsborough Community College
Situated in Tampa, Hillsborough Community College (HCC) offers an associate's degree in nuclear medicine technology. Coursework covers nuclear medicine, instrumentation, physics and methodology. Clinical internships and classes in this full-time program are only offered during the day. Applicants to the program must have completed prerequisite courses. This program is accredited by JRCMNT, and graduates are qualified to seek national certification and state licensure as nuclear medicine technologists.
Indian River State College
The main campus of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce is home to the nuclear medicine technology program. The school offers an associate's degree and a 49-credit advanced certificate for applicants who already hold an associate's degree in radiography, respiratory therapy or nursing. Applicants to the program must have a current CPR certification. The program includes classroom study in nuclear medicine as well as clinical education components conducted at regional hospitals. The school's nuclear medicine technology program is accredited by JRCMNT. Those who finish the program should be prepared to sit for ARRT and NMTCB certification examinations.
Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale
The Ft. Lauderdale campus of Keiser University offers an associate's degree program in nuclear medicine technology. Courses include nuclear medicine instrumentation, radiation safety, nuclear medicine methodology and nuclear medicine physics, and students get to also complete clinical rotations. Graduates are qualified to seek certification as nuclear medicine technologists from ARRT and NMTCB.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College's Medical Campus, situated in the Miami health district, houses the school's nuclear medicine program. The school offers an associate's degree and a certificate program in nuclear medicine. The associate's degree program consists of seven semesters involving general education and nuclear medicine-related coursework, as well as clinical experience at the hospitals in the health district. The 4-semester certificate program is offered to applicants who already possess an associate's degree in a health care field and a corresponding professional health care license. Graduates meet the requirements to take ARRT and NMTCB certification examinations and seek Florida state licensure as nuclear medicine technologists.
Santa Fe College
Located in Gainesville, Santa Fe College provides an associate's degree program in nuclear medicine technology. This program is conducted in cooperation with area hospitals, medical centers and outpatient cardiac practices. The program consists of 22 months of academic coursework, labs and clinical training. Santa Fe College's nuclear medicine technology program is accredited by JRCNMT, and 100% of graduates in 2011 who took the ARRT and NMTCB certification examinations passed on the first attempt.
University of Miami
This school, which is found in Coral Gables, is the only institution in the state that offers a nuclear medicine residency program that's approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residency programs don't usually charge tuition, since residency students are typically paid for their work.
Three students are admitted to the program each year, and they can pursue one of three pathways, depending on their previous residency experience. Each student is required to complete one research project that qualifies for publishing in a radiology journal. The first year of the program covers a variety of foundational topics and procedures, such as performing examinations, imaging techniques and data analysis. The next two years focus on clinical abilities and teach students how to work on specialized procedures. Students can also expect to complete a written exam as well as an exam administered by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Nuclear Medicine Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|AdventHealth University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology||$12,240|
|Barry University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Clinical Biology with a specialization in nuclear medicine technology||$30,014|
|Broward College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; midsize city|| Associate in Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology,
Nuclear Medicine Technology Specialist Technical Certificate
| $2,830 in-state
|Gulf Coast State College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; small city||Nuclear Medicine Technology College Credit Certificate|| $2,370 in-state
|Hillsborough Community College||2-year; public; large city||Associate in Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology|| $2,506 in-state
|Indian River State College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large suburb|| Associate in Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology,
Nuclear Medicine Technology Specialist Certificate
| $2,764 in-state
|Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale||4-year, primarily associate's; private, not-for-profit; midsize city||Associate of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology||$20,208|
|Miami Dade College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large city|| Associate in Science in Nuclear Medicine,
Nuclear Medicine College Certificate
| $2,838 in-state
|Santa Fe College||4-year; public; midsize suburb||Associate of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology|| $2,563 in-state
|University of Miami||4-year; private, not-for-profit; large suburb||Nuclear Medicine Residency||$50,226|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.