Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

An important member of the allied health team, the nuclear medicine technologist is trained not only as a specialist in patient care, technical skills and administrative functions, but also as a health care specialist with a strong background in the medical sciences. The nuclear medicine technologist employs special equipment, procedures and radiopharmaceuticals in the analysis of the patient's physiological problems. Under the supervision of a physician, the nuclear medicine technologist also directs or participates in the daily operation of the nuclear medicine department and works closely with other health professionals.

With the first class beginning in 1975, St. Luke's has continued its reputation of offering a first-rate program which is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Program facts

Admission criteria – Enrollment in a four-year nuclear medicine technology degree-granting program, or may have a bachelor's degree in a related field.

Program length – During a 12 month internship featuring both clinical and didactic instruction, the student will be instructed in all aspects of nuclear medicine.

Start date – June 16, 2014.

Objective – Upon completion, the student will receive a certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology and will be eligible to sit for the two national certification examinations: the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB).

Written evaluations are conducted on the students on a quarterly basis and are reviewed with the students to help develop the necessary skills to become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

Acceptance into the program may be achieved by:

1. Transferring as a senior from one of our affiliated academic institutions. Our affiliates accept the nuclear medicine program as the fourth year, one's completing bachelor's degree. Tuition and fees are based on 85% of the tuition from the affiliated academic institution. This fee covers all textbooks and supplies. The supplies include one set of hospital scrubs, radiation monitors, and any other daily supplies required.

Our current list of affiliates is:

  • St. Cloud State University - St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • Luther College- Iowa

2. Transferring after completion of a bachelor's degree in a science or science-related major from an accredited college or university. Tuition and fees for the year is $6000.00. This fee covers all textbooks and supplies. The supplies include one set of hospital scrubs, radiation monitors, and any other daily supplies required. There is no financial aide available for tuition during the internship if you are not from an affiliated college.

The following courses are required to be completed prior to the start of the internship:

Curriculum Prerequisite - minimum

Science and Mathematics Core Courses
Chemistry with lab
College algebra
General physics
Human anatomy and physiology with lab

General prerequisite core
Humanities course
Medical terminology
Oral and written communications courses
Social science course
10 hours of clinical observation in Nuclear Medicine

Additional classes highly suggested
Statistics
Biology
Immunology
Computers
Medical ethics
Radiation Biology

Application to the internship:

Application deadline to the program is January 31st. The Nuclear Medicine Technology internship accepts a maximum of 7 students each year. Interns are selected from affiliated colleges:

  • University of Wisconsin La Crosse
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Luther College

Interns from the affiliated colleges are preferred due to prior academic class work. Interns can also be accepted into the internship with a Bachelor of Science degree in a related science, i.e. Biology, Chemistry, etc. with a grade point average of 2.5 or better.

The application and recommendation letter forms are interactive and on the Aurora Website. One application and three recommendation letters will be submitted to Kerry Michell via e-mail. Application deadline is January 31st. Applicants are interviewed if all of the programs requirements are met. Interviews are conducted through the end of February. The selection of students is made on or around March 14, 2014. The students are notified and all students are required to confirm acceptance with a letter.

Program Outcomes

Registry Results for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Education Program

Registry Results

Graduation Rate

Aurora St. Luke's has had a 100% graduation rate and certification exam pass rate from the Nuclear Medicine Program. We are much honored to have quality applicants and interns. The program will continue to track these outcomes for interested participants.

Job Placement Rates

Job Placement

For more information contact:

Kerry Michell, Education Coordinator
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
2900 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 649-6418

Kerry.michell@aurora.org