The nuclear medicine technology program prepares students to sit for the national licensure examinations offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. Nuclear Medicine Technologists are members of the diagnostic imaging health care team. The technologists actively participate in the performance of diagnostic imaging procedures which analyze both the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Nuclear Medicine imaging procedures are performed through the administration of a radioactive pharmaceutical which is then analyzed with gamma cameras. In addition, Nuclear Medicine Technologists use radioactive drugs for therapeutic procedures involving certain diseases. Program graduates may further their education in computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or ultrasound, at Chattanooga State.
Programmatic information sessions are mandatory each application year even if you have attended in a previous year. Information sessions are held throughout the year. An online information session is available.
- Deliver high-quality educational programs and services that provide knowledge, skills, cultural awareness and attitudes needed to experience prosperous and rewarding lives.
- Contribute to the economic well-being of the regions served through workforce development and partnerships with business industry.
- Prepare graduates who will be employed in jobs related to their educational preparation.
- Prepare competent workers to meet the needs of employers.
Prepare graduates who possess the knowledge, technical skill, and affect to meet the demands of an entry-level position in nuclear medicine technology.
Prepare graduates to pass the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
Ensure the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program meets quality standards by:
- Maintaining JRCNMT Accreditation standards.
- Assuring appropriate staffing to implement curriculum.
- Assuring curriculum includes content areas specified by standards of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
- Providing support systems and procedures to ensure student success.
Providing radiation protection and monitoring of students and faculty in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Employing faculty (full and part-time) who are educationally qualified and technically competent.
Ensuring appropriate resources for implementation of the didactic and clinical components of the program.
Provide the regional medical community with qualified individuals who can function as competent entry-level nuclear medicine technologists.
Promote continuing personal and professional education by providing course offerings, resources, and source personnel for graduates who seek professional development.
Upon completion of this program, the student will:
- Perform all daily operations of the laboratory, including: the appropriate receipt, disposition and documentation of radioactive materials, instrumentation and radiopharmaceutical quality control, clinical procedures and medical records;
- Assess the appropriateness of the requested clinical procedure to the patient’s condition, medical history, and the pathology under consideration;
- Assess patient condition and initiate emergency lifesaving measures;
- Communicate effectively with patients to ensure patient preparation, cooperation, safety and comfort;
- Apply knowledge of radiation physics, radiation safety and governing regulations in order to limit radiation exposure to the patient, public, fellow workers and self as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA);
- Prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals and other agents used in conjunction with nuclear medicine procedures to patients by intravenous, aerosol and oral methods according to proper medical procedure;
- Understand and utilize radiation detection devices and other equipment to measure the quantity and distribution of radionuclides in patients, patient specimens, or the physical surroundings.
- Properly utilize imaging devices and external detectors to perform in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostic procedures in a manner which maximizes quality and benefits to patients;
- Perform and analyze all quality control techniques associated with the handling of radionuclides and nuclear medicine equipment;
- Use computer systems for the acquisition, processing and presentation of nuclear medicine procedures;
- Incorporate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills in order to work in a productive, cooperative, efficient and effective manner with both inter and intra departmental personnel;
- Participate in acquisition and maintenance of supplies and equipment in a manner which is consistent with the requirements for safe and effective workplace performance;
- Participate in the maintenance of documentation required by various regulatory agencies;
- Participate in departmental inspections conducted by various licensing, regulatory and accrediting agencies;
- Participate in scheduling and coordination of patient examinations.
- Understand the role of nuclear medicine technology in the overall delivery of healthcare.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform therapeutic procedures with concern for ALARA, patient care and management, and governing regulations.
Graduate outcomes are indicators of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals. Programmatic graduate outcomes data reported on the JRCNMT website include: 5-year time period of current report; graduation rate; ARRT credentialing success; NMTCB credentialing success and job placement rate. Graduation Outcomes Report.
Opportunities for jobs and career advancement are excellent. Employment can be found anywhere a student wants to live.
Opportunities are many and varied. Graduates are needed to fill the demands of many hospitals and clinics providing patient services around the clock. Various shift assignments may be available.
The career of a nuclear medicine technologist can advance in various directions:
- Advanced Technology
The graduate qualifies to apply to obtain certification to the modalities listed below. These programs are offered by Chattanooga State:
- Computed Tomography
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Positron Emission Tomography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
|First Semester (5 hours) (summer)||In-state||Out-of-state eRate|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||25.00||25.00|
|Truescreen: myRecord Tracker Fee:||17.50||17.50|
|Upload documentation for:|
|Hepatitis B (estimate)||175.00||175.00|
|Truescreen Criminal Background Check||24.50||24.50|
|Truescreen Drug Screen (12 panel)||39.00||39.00|
|TB Skin Test||65.00||65.00|
|Radiation Badges (estimate)||75.00||75.00|
|Second Semester (15 hours) fall||In-state||Out-of-state eRate|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||375.00||375.00|
|Third Semester (13 hours) (spring)||In-state||Out-of-state eRate|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||325.00||325.00|
|Fourth Semester (12 hours) (summer)||In-state||Out-of-state eRate|
|Nursing & Allied Health Fee||300.00||300.00|
|Passport Photo for ARRT(N) Application||15.00||15.00|
These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents. This cost will also be reduced for students since some of the required course work is completed prior to acceptance into the program. These general and support courses taken before the program is to lessen course load in a given semester.
Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.