School of Nuclear Medicine TechnologyNuclear medicine involves the administration of radioactive materials to patients primarily for diagnosis, but also for therapy. Nuclear Medicine Technology includes several subspecialities including general nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, positron emission tomography (PET) and molecular breast imaging. Nuclear Medicine Technologists are well-educated, highly skilled professionals. The profession requires good judgment to provide patients with appropriate healthcare services while maintaining good radiation safety techniques. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist works in various medical settings in which a physician is responsible for the use of radioactive materials and interpretation of appropriate nuclear medicine procedures. Nuclear Medicine Technologists perform various duties and gather necessary data to assist the physician in determining a diagnosis.

Additional information about Nuclear Medicine Technology may be found online at www.JRCNMT.org , www.ARRT.org , www.NMTCB.org  and www.SNMMI.org.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

The St. Vincent’s Nuclear Medicine Technology Program includes academic and clinical practice components, providing graduates with the necessary eligibility requirements to qualify for

examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

The program is 15 months in length, with a new class beginning each September. Didactic and clinical instruction in computed tomography is included. Individuals already certified in computed tomography (RT(CT)) are eligible to complete the program in 12 months at a reduced tuition fee.

The program has developed clinical affiliations with several medical centers in the Northeast

Florida area which allows each student to obtain a complete experience in Nuclear Medicine.

Students are required to complete clinical experience at two sites during the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree and prerequisite college level courses in general chemistry, general physics, college algebra, human anatomy and physiology I and II, medical terminology, speech/oral communications, written communications, humanities and social sciences completed by the program start date. All prerequisite courses must be demonstrated on a regionally accredited college or university transcript.

All application materials must be received by May 1 in order to be considered. Applicants must either be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to be eligible for acceptance and are considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability. Qualified applicants are contacted to arrange a personal interview after the application deadline. Acceptance is based on an evaluation of prior educational and work experience, personal and professional references and personal interviews. Each applicant is evaluated using a point system.

Classes are limited to eight students. At the conclusion of the admission process, the applicants with the highest scores are chosen for the new class. Applicants are notified regarding acceptance into the program following completion of the interview process. Notification usually occurs within several days of the conclusion of the interview process.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

The St. Vincent’s Nuclear Medicine Technology Program includes academic and clinical practice components, providing graduates with the necessary eligibility requirements to qualify for

examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

The program is 15 months in length, with a new class beginning each September. Didactic and clinical instruction in computed tomography is included. Individuals already certified in computed tomography (RT(CT)) are eligible to complete the program in 12 months at a reduced tuition fee.

The program has developed clinical affiliations with several medical centers in the Northeast

Florida area which allows each student to obtain a complete experience in Nuclear Medicine.

Students are required to complete clinical experience at two sites during the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree and prerequisite college level courses in general chemistry, general physics, college algebra, human anatomy and physiology I and II, medical terminology, speech/oral communications, written communications, humanities and social sciences completed by the program start date. All prerequisite courses must be demonstrated on a regionally accredited college or university transcript.

All application materials must be received by May 1 in order to be considered. Applicants must either be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to be eligible for acceptance and are considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability. Qualified applicants are contacted to arrange a personal interview after the application deadline. Acceptance is based on an evaluation of prior educational and work experience, personal and professional references and personal interviews. Each applicant is evaluated using a point system.

Classes are limited to eight students. At the conclusion of the admission process, the applicants with the highest scores are chosen for the new class. Applicants are notified regarding acceptance into the program following completion of the interview process. Notification usually occurs within several days of the conclusion of the interview process.

Technical Standards/ Physical and Mental Performance Requirements

Students must be able to:

• Efficiently reach, manipulate and operate equipment necessary for all nuclear medicine procedures.

• Move, manipulate and observe a patient as necessary for all nuclear medicine procedures.

• Visually assess patients, medical test results and the working environment to correctly decide the appropriate action to take for the benefit of the patient.

• Clearly communicate, verbally and in writing in English, with the faculty, staff, patients, families and others to disseminate information about patient care and work duties.

• Hear well to accurately gather information relevant to patient and clinical activities.

• Make appropriate judgment decisions in an emergency or in situations not clearly governed by

specific guidelines.

• Demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients, staff, family members and others, in routine and non-routine decision-making processes and in the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.

English Language

All classroom and clinical instruction will be conducted in English. By accepting a position in this program, the student acknowledges this and accepts the responsibility for sufficient proficiency in the English language to be able to successfully complete the program.

Latex Advisory

Students frequently use and have exposure to latex-based products commonly used in healthcare settings. Students with latex allergies should seek expert advice from their healthcare provider in order to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to latex-based products prior to considering medical imaging as a future profession.

Award of Completion

Upon successful completion of the program, St. Vincent’s HealthCare awards a certificate of completion as the sponsoring institution.

Refund Policy

The required tuition less the $500 deposit may be refunded on a pro-rated basis based upon the termination date. See the program student handbook for details.