A major in nuclear medicine technology consists of NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, 477, 485, 486, 487; BIOL 322, 322L, 323, 323L; CHEM 130 or 140, 130L or 140L, 131 or 141, 131L or 141L, 325, 325L; PHYS 250, 250L, 251, 251L; MATH 138 and 139 or MATH 140 or higher; HEPR 220; COMM 110 or 211; and HPE 084. Additional courses may be required for admission into the Nuclear Medicine Institute.
An Associate of Arts degree in nuclear medicine technology consists of NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, 477, 485, 486, 487; BIOL 322, 322L, 323, 323L; CHEM 130, 130L; PHYS 250 and 250L or 260; MATH 138 and 139 or MATH 140 or higher; HEPR 220; COMM 110 or 211; and HPE 084. Additional courses may be required for admission into the Nuclear Medicine Institute.
One-year Certificate Program
Nuclear Medicine Technology
The Nuclear Medicine Institute was started in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to the campus of then- Findlay College in 1984. It is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) to offer a 52-week certificate program in nuclear medicine technology. This certificate is presently accepted by eight affiliate colleges, in addition to The University of Findlay, for credit towards a degree. The institute is owned by The University of Findlay and operates in accordance with the accreditation standards set forth in the “Accreditation Standards for Nuclear Medicine Technologist Education.” A copy of these standards is available at the following website: www.jrcnmt.org. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for one or possibly both of the national certification exams offered in nuclear medicine technology.
Nuclear medicine technology is a paramedical field concerned with the safe and effective use of radioactive materials for the diagnosis of various pathological disease states and for the treatment of some specific disorders. A nuclear medicine technologist is a highly trained individual who has a solid background in mathematics and the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. Under the supervision of a physician, the nuclear medicine technologist is responsible for radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control; the performance of in vivo imaging and non-imaging procedures, instrumentation quality control; and the computer analysis of the data acquired and utilized by the physician for diagnosis. The nuclear medicine technologist works closely with other allied health personnel and professionals within the medical community to provide quality patient care.
NMI’s 52 week program is a highly concentrated one, with classes being held for 28-32 hours per week during the academic session, and requiring 40 hours of training per week during the clinical session. The academic session is one semester in length and is held on the campus of The University of Findlay. During this session, the student receives the theory and concepts of nuclear medicine technology. Clinical training is 35 weeks in length and takes place at one or more of the NMI clinical affiliates. During clinical training, the student learns the practical application of the theory and receives hands on experience in performing nuclear medicine procedures under the supervision of a certified nuclear medicine technologist. A one-week review session and final exam is scheduled at the end of clinical training.
Applicants to NMI must have successfully completed (grade “70 percent” or better) post-secondary courses in college algebra, English composition, general chemistry, general physics, human anatomy, human physiology, humanities, medical terminology, social science, speech/oral communication, and CPR (certification must be valid throughout the clinical training period and cover adults, children, and infants).