Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate - Additional Information

General Information

Length of Program

The program begins in the fall semester and runs 12 months. Full-time student status is required. The program includes classroom and clinical assignments, equaling 40 hours of program time per week, excluding breaks. Classes are conducted online one day every week, however, once a month students will be required to come to the Amnicola Campus for exams/laboratory sessions.  Those on campus days will be scheduled throughout the year. Clinical experience is obtained at approved clinical affiliates within the region for the remaining hours during each two-week cycle.

Hotel Accommodations

You may wish to look online at http://www.yahoo.com or mapquest.com for a map search of hotels in the area for hotel rates. Although Chattanooga State has no contracts with area hotels for special rates, traditionally, when students explain that they will be staying on a consistent basis throughout the year, promotional rates are provided.

Progression Policy / Retention Policy

The NMT faculty will make all fair and reasonable efforts to help the student be successful in the NMT Program. Efforts usually include extensive counseling and remediation with faculty and/or referral to Career Services and Counseling for additional assistance. However, all courses must be passed with a grade of 75 or better in order to proceed to the next NM course in the sequence. Individual course and laboratory requirements are indicated in each course syllabus. A student who develops significant physical limitations or emotional distress during the course of the program, may be asked to undergo additional physical or psychological evaluations to determine their ability to continue in the program. The program courses follow an attendance policy. Excessive unexcused absences, as defined in the NMT student handbook and course syllabi, will result in lowering the student’s final grade.

Nuclear Medicine Study Abroad Option

Students have the opportunity to travel abroad to places like London, Lisbon, Portugal, or Melbourne/Sydney, Australia to experience global nuclear medicine for one week to ten days while in the program at their own expense. 

NUCM 2145:
Global Experiences in Allied Health

In this course, students will journey to international locations to explore allied health professions. Procedures and technology not used or performed in the United States will be the focus of this course. Students will have the opportunity to visit hospitals and clinics in other countries and not only experience how their chosen profession is performed, but also gain an understanding on how health care in the host country works compared to the United States. Guest lecturers in the host country will present on various topics, including procedures, patient care, and healthcare policies. (1 Credit)

The course requires pre-travel planning and study classes, in collaboration with other colleges, to learn about the location and nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in the host country, along with cultural information.   Several post-travel classes will occur to finalize the project and to plan for a presentation to the Chattanooga State Allied Health Community.

Prerequisite:

NMTCB or ARRT(N) certified or successful completion of NUCM 2200, NUCM 2301, NUCM 2204, NUCM 2214, NUCM 2205, NUCM 2607.

Course Cost:

The course cost will vary depending on location of trip. Please contact Leesa Ross at Leesa.Ross@chattanoogastate.edu for current cost estimate. Cost will include hotel, some meals, airfare, and some excursions.

There are limited seats for these trips and they are offered on a first come first serve basis. A $100 nonrefundable application fee is due in December and final payment is due approximately 10 weeks before traveling.

Additional Requirements and Expectations

Technical Standards

  • Ability to move wheelchairs, stretchers, etc., alone or with assistance as available to lift support and/or transfer a patient.
  • Ability to visualize patient for identification, positioning, camera placement and alignment and image analysis. Ability to move the body and body regions in order to provide patient care and support and to position patient for imaging and/or treatment.
  • Ability to reach, position, and operate imaging tables, camera control panels, collimators, dose calibrators, etc., at standard locations and placements.
  • Ability to safely administer radiopharmaceuticals and appropriately handle vials, syringes, sterile items, pharmaceuticals, catheters, IVs, etc.
  • Ability to read written passages, to communicate orally and to write. Ability to hear or lip read for reception of spoken communication.
  • Ability and stamina to withstand lengthy periods of physical activity including moving quickly and continuously.
  • Ability to perceive events realistically, to think clearly and rationally and to function independently in routine, stress and/or emergency situations.

Criminal Background Check

Following acceptance and prior to entering the first career course in designated health care programs, each student must undergo a criminal background check in order to comply with policies of affiliating clinical practice agencies. It shall be the student’s responsibility to comply with instructions provided upon acceptance and provide the results by a designated date. The check will be at the expense of the student. Students who do not meet this requirement in a timely manner or whose background does not meet agency standards will not be able to successfully complete the program.

Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. Individuals with a question concerning this should schedule an appointment with the program director.

Program Affiliates

  • Alliance Health Radiology
  • Athens Limestone Hospital
  • Baptist Health—Madisonville, KY
  • Cardinal Health Pharmacy - Chattanooga TN
  • Central Georgia Diagnostics
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta / Egleston
  • CHI Memorial Hospital
  • CHI Memorial Northpark
  • Cleveland Imaging
  • Clinical Pharmacy Services (CPS)
  • Commonwealth Health Corporation – The Medical Center at Bowling Green
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center
  • Dekalb Medical Center
  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital
  • Erlanger Medical Center
  • Gwinnett Medical Center
  • Hamilton Medical Center
  • Huntsville Health Systems
  • Jackson Madison County General Hospital
  • Maury Regional medical Center
  • Mountain States-Johnson City Medical Center
  • Navicent Health—Macon, GA
  • Northside Hospital
  • Parkridge Medical Center
  • Princeton Community Hospital
  • Redmond Regional MC
  • Southern Tennessee Regional Medical Center
  • St. Thomas Hospital
  • Tanner Health System
  • Tennova North
  • Triad Isotopes-Scenic City Isotopes
  • TriStar Summit Medical Center
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville
  • Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center
  • Wellmont Holston Valley
  • West TN Imaging Center