This major is a program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to employ radioactive and stable nuclides in diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic applications while monitoring for patient health and safety.
Includes instruction in nuclear physics, health physics, instrumentation and statistics, biochemistry, immunology, radiopharmacology, radiation biology, clinical nuclear medicine, radionuclide therapy, computer applications, safety regulations, equipment operation, quality control, laboratory procedures, taking patient histories, patient evaluation and monitoring, emergency first aid, administration and record-keeping, and personnel supervision.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Major?
In the capacity of a Nuclear Medical Technologist, you prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.
Job opportunities for nuclear medical technologists are likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a five percent (5%) growth 2019-2029.
Nuclear medical technologists typically need an associate degree from an accredited nuclear medical technology program. Formal education programs in nuclear medical technology or a related healthcare field lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree. Most nuclear medical technologists become certified.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Board of Nuclear Medicine
- American Board of Radiology
- American College of Nuclear Medicine
- Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Publications/Magazines in Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Major