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.
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 18, 2012.
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 or 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, a laboratory coat, 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 a bachelor's degree in a science or science-related major from an accredited college or university. Tuition and fees for the year is $4000.00. This fee covers all textbooks and supplies. The supplies include one set of hospital scrubs, a laboratory coat, 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
Human anatomy and physiology with lab
General prerequisite core
Oral and written communications courses
Social science course
10 hours of clinical observation in Nuclear Medicine
Additional classes highly suggested
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 on the UW- La Crosse web site. Here are the instructions on how to find the information quickly. Go to UWLax.edu, search Nuclear Medicine, select the UW Lax Nuclear Medicine Technology site, and on the left side of the page you can select Internship Information. On the page you will be able to select the application form and recommendation letterform. My address is also located on the web page. 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 March 9, 2012. The students are notified and all students are required to confirm acceptance with a letter.
Registry Results for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Education Program
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.
For more information contact:
Kerry Michell, Education Coordinator
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
2900 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215