Welcome to the largest accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Training Program in the country!
The University of Findlay's Nuclear Medicine Program is offered by the College of Health Professions’ Diagnostic Services Department in conjunction with the Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI).
The Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) at the University of Findlay is known worldwide as one of the best and most established programs. Started in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, NMI moved to the campus of then-Findlay College in 1984. NMI is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine (JRCNMT). Upon successful completion of the program, a student is eligible to apply for one, or possibly both, of the national certification exams offered in nuclear medicine technology.
The University of Findlay offers a Certificate of Completion, a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as an Associate of Arts Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology. NMI is a one-year professional program, which is completed during the final year of the chosen degree and/or certificate track. Details about the specific degree requirements may be found on the NMI website under the Requirements tab on the left of the page. The Curriculum and Graduation Requirements show a breakdown for the degree track.
NMI's one-year program is highly intense. The program begins with one semester of intensive classes during which students are in class 28-32 hours each week. The clinical training portion of the program is 34 weeks long (about nine months) and students are required to complete 40 hours of training per week.
Clinical training takes place at one or more of the NMI clinical affiliates. During clinical training, students learn the practical application of the theory and receive hands‑on experience in performing nuclear medicine procedures under the supervision of a certified nuclear medicine technologist. A review week and final exam are scheduled at the end of clinical training.
Graduates of the NMI program, as well as any other certified nuclear medicine technologists, are also eligible for our one-year PET/CT program. This is a one-year professional program, to prepare and make students eligible for board certification in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT). Students may earn a second Bachelor of Science degree in this program. The Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) program begins with one semester of asynchronous online classes, taught by professionals with experience in the fields of nuclear medicine, PET/CT, and/or CT imaging. The clinical training portion of the program is performed in PET/CT departments, as well as diagnostic CT departments, to gain the necessary competencies to sit for the PET and CT registry boards. For further details about our PET/CT program click here.
Hear from alumna Jill Yeater who studied nuclear medicine technology in the video below:
What is Nuclear Medicine Technology?
Nuclear medicine technology is concerned with the safe and effective use of radioactive materials for the diagnosis of various pathological diseases and for the treatment of some specific disorders.
A nuclear medicine technologist is a highly-trained medical professional who has a solid background in mathematics and the physical, chemical and biological sciences. They work closely with other allied health personnel and professionals within the medical community to provide quality patient care. Under the supervision of a physician, the nuclear medicine technologist is responsible for:
- Radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control
Collecting and preparing biological specimens
Preparing data for interpretation by a physician
Instrumentation quality control
Analysis of the data acquired and utilized by the physician for diagnosis
Preparing and administering the radiopharmaceuticals