Nuclear Medicine Technology Associate of Science

Associate in Science

The Associate in Science degree and certificate programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology prepare students for employment as nuclear medicine technologists in hospitals, medical offices, or ambulatory clinics. Upon completion of the program, the student may apply to take the certifying board examinations administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (Nuclear Medicine) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).

The program requires approximately twenty-two (22) months of clinical and academic course work. The curriculum includes appropriate didactic content and ample supervised clinical education to assure sufficient opportunity to achieve all didactic and clinical requirements. Students are assigned to a clinical practicum at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of St. Raphael (New Haven), the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Health Care System (West Haven), Middlesex Hospital (Middletown), Griffin Hospital (Derby), Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services (East Hartford), Midstate Medical Center (Meriden), Waterbury Hospital, Milford Hospital, William W. Backus Hospital (Norwich), Lawrence & Memorial Hospital (New London), Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Hartford), and UCONN Medical Center (Farmington). 

Please see the Radiologic Technology Programs webpage for more information about the admissions process or contact the Enrollment Services Assistant for Allied Health & Nursing Programs at (203) 285-2388.

The following pre-requisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher before applying to the Program:

  • BIO*211, Anatomy & Physiology I
  •  BIO*212, Anatomy & Physiology II
  • HIM*101, Medical Terminology
  • Attendance at one program specific information session within one year of application submission to the department.

    The Program is accredited by the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 2000 W. Danforth Road, Suite 130, #230, Edmond, OK 73003, (405)285-0546, www.jrcnmt.org.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Mission Statement
The mission of the Gateway Community College Nuclear Medicine Technology program is to achieve and exceed established educational and healthcare standards by continually providing students and the professional community with educational opportunities that reflect the current practice of nuclear medicine technology and results in high quality patient care.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  • Be prepared to take the Nuclear Medicine Technology Exams offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT-N) and/or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
  • Possess the skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of an entry-level staff technologist.

The major categories of the nuclear medicine technologist's scope of practice include, but are not limited to, the following areas (as defined in the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Scope of Practice and Performance Standards" from the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging- Technologist Section, 2013):

  • Patient Care: The exercise of judgment to assess and respond to patients needs prior to, during and following nuclear medicine procedures.
  • Quality Control: The evaluation and maintenance of a quality control program for all instrumentation to ensure its proper performance and stability.
  • Diagnostic Procedures: The utilization of appropriate techniques to ensure quality diagnostic images and/or laboratory results for In-Vivo and In-Vitro testing.
  • Radiopharmaceuticals: The procurement, preparation, quality control, dose calculation, identification, documentation, administration, disposal, storage, and safe handling of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Transmission Imaging: The operation of gamma cameras for transmission imaging with SPECT or PET.
  • Radionuclide Therapy: The collaboration with an authorized user to apply and manage a therapeutic radionuclide treatment.
  • Radiation Safety: Practicing techniques that minimize radiation exposure to the patients, general public, and health care personnel consistent with ALARA principles.

Contact:

For more information contact:


Beata Gebuza
Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2381
bgebuza@gatewayct.edu

 

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