Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine uses safe, painless and cost-effective techniques to image the body using gamma or PET/CT scanners. It involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Nuclear medicine determines the cause of a medical problem based on organ, tissue or bone function. 

Nuclear Medicine Technology students

Students in SLU’s nuclear medicine technology program gain practical experience in clinical settings around the St. Louis metro area, including at SSM Saint Louis University Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

 


Major in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Saint Louis University’s nuclear medicine technology program, offered at the Doisy College of Health Sciences, trains students to perform the nearly 100 different nuclear medicine imaging procedures available today on every major organ of the human body.

SLU’s Bachelor of Science in nuclear medicine technology includes study of the basic sciences, as well as a 12-month intensive NMT curriculum that includes 1,300 hours of clinical practicum. Students can choose from several tracks including pre-physician assistant and pre-medicine.

Professional coursework in the nuclear medicine technology program is concentrated in the last year of study. Students in this degree program have opportunities to conduct research and produce projects and papers that are acceptable for publication and could be presented at professional conferences.

In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomore, junior and senior nuclear medicine technology students are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

Curriculum
  • NMT 4310: Radiation Physics and Protection
  • NMT 4320: Radiochemistry
  • NMT 4330: Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation
  • NMT 4340: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
  • NMT 4350: NM Information Systems
  • NMT 4410: Imaging Practicum
  • NMT 4420: Radiochemistry Practicum
  • NMT 4430: Emerging Technologies
  • NMT 4960: Capstone in Nuclear Medicine
  • NMT 4910: Clinical Practicum
Internships and Careers

Nuclear medicine technology graduates can work as technologists in hospitals and clinics. They may also seek positions in health information technology, health care administration, sales and training, radiopharmacy labs, teaching and other related fields.

Many graduates continue their education by attending medical school, graduate school and other professional programs.

Faculty

The faculty and staff in the department of medical imaging and radiation therapeutics are dedicated to each program and scholarship of all students. All professors, assistant professors and instructors are credentialed and add a wealth of expertise and knowledge to each program.

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria include a minimum 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of at least 22, with no subsection lower than 20.

Accreditation, Program Outcomes and Fees

The program was accredited in 1971 by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, in cooperation with the American College of Radiology, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the Technologist Section of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. This accreditation has been continuous to date.

JRCNMT accreditation allows our program to accommodate 12 students. This small class size ensures personal instruction and advising. It also gives students professional networking opportunities that might be precluded by a larger class size.

Learn about program outcomes, technical standards, fees and additional program information.

Further information on the Joint Reviews Committee in Nuclear Medicine Technology is available at jrcnmt.org .


Job Placement

Nearly 100 Percent Placement 

Following graduation,  SLU’s nuclear medicine technology students have a 100 percent pass rate on the board certification exam. In addition, nearly 100 percent of nuclear medicine technology graduates find jobs after completing their degrees.