Nuclear Medicine Technology
With our partnership institutions, the Health Care Sciences and Services Department of Immaculata University offers a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine. You will receive a strong science and liberal arts background from IU and clinical instruction and didactic coursework from affiliate institutions, which will prepare you for positions within the health care industry.
Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images. Technologists also use gamma cameras, uptake probes and other specialized equipment to obtain information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system of the body.
Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Positions are available in hospitals, freestanding medical laboratories, and physicians’ offices.
Learn more about the career outlook for nuclear medicine technologists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To complete the program, you will take three years of allied health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then apply for the Nuclear Medicine program at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging, or Thomas Jefferson University. Upon completion of the program, you are eligible for the national certification exam in nuclear medicine technology.
In addition to satisfying Immaculata's admission requirements, please ensure that you meet all admission requirements and prerequisites for the partner institution you choose.