Nuclear Medicine Technologists utilize radioactive materials or tracers
for the diagnosis or treatment of diseases. When introduced into the
body, a radiotracer behaves like its non-radioactive counterpart. Therefore,
its location in the body can be traced by using an appropriate detector.
The Nuclear Medicine Technologist learns to prepare and administer
the radiotracer, perform the radionuclide study which may include the
use of a computer, and then produce a final qualitative or quantitative
product, so that a diagnosis and/or treatment may be made by a physician
who specializes in the field.
The Nuclear Medicine Technology program at STCC is 24 months in length,
beginning in September and ending two full years later. Students spend
two, three, or four days each week on clinical affiliation at Baystate
Medical Center, the largest medical center in Western New England; Hartford
Hospital; Manchester Memorial Hospital; or Mercy Hospital. The rest
of the week is spent at the College in didactic courses. The curriculum
also includes two summer sessions with extended clinical hours (four
days a week). The cost for the summer session is at the School of Continuing
Minimum course requirement for graduation in all subjects is a grade
of "C" or better. A more complete description of the program requirements
may be found in the Handbook for the Radiologic Health Sciences which
is distributed to accepted students at the beginning of each Fall semester.
At graduation the student receives an Associate in Science in Diagnostic
Medical Imaging and is eligible to apply for the national registry examination
given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and
the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). The program
also meets the requirements for state licensing application. The program
is fully accredited by the
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs
in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
The application deadline is March 31, 2012.
Applicants should have completed the following minimum
prerequisites: College-level courses:
CHEM-103), Medical Terminology (
MAST-101), Technical Math I (
MATH-132), and College Physics I (
Students must also:
Program Outcomes with Pending 2012
Upon successful completion of the requirements, the degree of
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging
will be awarded.