February 08, 2013

Maggie Bailey

Nuclear Medicine Class Celebrates 100 Percent Pass Rate

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program class of 2012 scored well above the national average of only 88.2 percent.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Class of 2012
SLU graduates placed in the top 18 percent of those taking the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) examinations. Submitted photo

The 2012 class from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program recently posted a 100 percent pass rate on the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) examinations. Nationally, the passing percentage for all NMTCB examinees was 88.2 percent. An average scaled score for SLU graduates placed them in the top 18 percent of those taking the exam.

"I am extremely proud of our graduates and their performance on the board examination," said William Hubble, Nuclear Medicine Technology Program director and chairman of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics. "Everyone did an outstanding job on their board examinations, with 45 percent of the class passing with distinction or highest distinction. It should be noted that 36 percent of our graduates passed at, or near, the 100th percentile."

Results from the NMTCB have consistently ranked the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Saint Louis University among the best in the United States and SLU graduates are among the most highly trained nuclear medicine technologists in the United States.; 75 percent of the 2012 graduates have already found employment in the profession. Of the graduates, 50 percent were involved in scientific research that led to an invited platform presentation and published scientific abstract in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics offers undergraduate programs in nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, and magnetic resonance imaging. In 2012, the department initiated the first graduate program in molecular imaging and therapy in the United States.

Long a leader in educating health professionals, Saint Louis University offered its first degree in an allied health profession in 1929. Today the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers 11 diverse undergraduate programs and 8 post-baccalaureate degrees. The college's unique curriculum prepares students to work with health professionals from all disciplines to ensure the best possible patient care.

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