Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Information
At St. Cloud State University, the Nuclear Medicine Technology program is part of the School of Health and Human Services. Nuclear Medicine Technology is the medical specialty that utilizes unsealed radioactive materials in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This practice includes the administration, imaging and/or counting of diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals to demonstrate organ and molecular function, as well as the delivery of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals to treat a number of pathologies.
The practice of nuclear medicine technology encompasses multi-disciplinary skills, which use rapidly evolving instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals and techniques. The responsibilities of the nuclear medicine technologist include an empathetic and instructional approach to patient care; the preparation, calibration, and administration of radio pharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals (under the direction of an authorized user); the performance of quality control procedures; and the operation of imaging, laboratory and computer instrumentation. (Information provided by the Society of Nuclear Medicine.)
The bachelor of science degree in nuclear medicine technology requires a prescribed three-year curriculum at St. Cloud State University followed by one year of clinical coursework at an affiliated hospital.
The professional coursework includes lectures and laboratory experiences in the areas of nuclear physics, radioisotope measurements, nuclear medicine, imaging cameras, technical evaluation of nuclear medicine procedures, and a clinical nuclear medicine practicum.
Upon completion of the clinical coursework, students are eligible to take national certification exams.
To see the current affiliated schools of nuclear medicine technology, please choose the "Clinical Affiliates" tab on the left side of this page.
Job Shadowing: 12 Hours Required.
Click on the "Frequently Asked Questions" link on the left side of this page and then refer to the question about Job Shadowing. A form is provided there for you to record your hours. Job shadowing should be done as soon as possible, and before applying for admission to the major.
Important Note: Follow the degree map as closely as possible.
See the "Course Information" link on the left for details.