2014-15 Catalog

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Advanced Certificate

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/nuclear-medicine-technology

Nuclear Medicine employs the administration of small quantities of radiopharmaceuticals in order to evaluate the structure and function of an organ or system. Nuclear medicine excels in its ability to identify abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease, often before the medical problem may be apparent on other diagnostic tests. This 12-month program prepares radiographers to perform nuclear medicine procedures in hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers.  The number of students admitted each year varies depending on available clinical sites. The Nuclear Medicine Technology program requires a college degree prior to enrollment.

Licensure

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the ARRT Post-Examination in Nuclear Medicine. This certification is nationally recognized and enables the student to pursue employment throughout the U.S.

Admission

1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete a general application for admission to the College - http://sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll
2. Submit official transcripts from high school and all post-secondary educational institutions.
3. Completion of post-secondary coursework with a “C” or better in the following subjects
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Physics
    • Algebra
    • Medical terminology
    • Computer applications
    • Written communications
    • Oral communications
    • Chemistry
4. Graduate from an ARRT approved radiography program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale.
5. Provide evidence of active registration with the A.R.R.T. or registry-eligible status.
6. Complete the HOBET V Test.
    • Reading- 73% or higher
    • Math- 60% or higher
    • Science- 39% or higher
    • English- 50% or higher
    • Total Adjusted Score- 54% or higher

7. Complete an application for the Nuclear Medicine program. Program applications are available through the program advisor.

Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited and is determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) include: Blackhawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), and Spoon River.

Applications forms and materials will be accepted from February 15 through June 15.

Accreditation

Carl Sandburg College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL. 60602-2504.

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

Advanced Certificate

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
NMT.250Physics of Nuclear Medicine Technology 2
NMT.252Nuclear Medicine Procedures 1 3
NMT.254Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 1 2
NMT.255Nuclear Medicine Practicum 1 5
Spring Semester
NMT.260Radiopharmacology 2.5
NMT.262Nuclear Medicine Procedures 2 3
NMT.264Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 2 2
NMT.265Nuclear Medicine Practicum 2 5
Summer Session
NMT.272Adv Nucear Med Procedures & Technique 4.5
NMT.275Nuclear Medicine Practicum 3 5
 Total Program Hours: 34.0

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Nuclear Medicine program must complete all NMT courses with a grade of "C" or better in order to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Whipple, Jackie D.
instructor, radiologic technology

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Courses

NMT.250 Physics of Nuclear Medicine Technology22

This course begins with an overview of the basic principles of Nuclear Medicine Technology. Study of the physics of particulate and non-particulate forms of radiation will be followed by the study of radionuclide production and decay processes. Methods used to detect and measure radioactivity will be introduced with respect to both imaging and non-imaging applications. The biological effects of radiation and radiation protection guidelines specific to nuclear medicine procedures will also be addressed. Admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.252 Nuclear Medicine Procedures 12.513

This course first introduces students to general techniques of patient care as applicable to Nuclear Medicine. Clinical indications for performing selected nuclear medicine procedures will be discussed with emphasis on both the physiological and technical aspects of the examinations. Normal and abnormal structure and function will be studied through the presentation of case studies demonstrating relevant pathology. Admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.254 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 122

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the characteristics and operating principles of radiation detection systems. The basic types of Nuclear Medicine equipment will be studied with emphasis on both counting and imaging statistics. The need for proper calibration and quality control will also be introduced. Admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.255 Nuclear Medicine Practicum 1255

This practicum course involves three days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. Assignments are made to enable students to begin achieving competency in performing nuclear medicine procedures. Admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.260 Radiopharmacology212.5

This course covers the properties and preparation of radiopharmaceuticals used in Nuclear Medicine. Equipment calibration and quality control procedures are addressed in conjunction with regulations regarding the receiving, handling, storage, and disposal of radionuclides. Management of the radiopharmacy with accurate recordkeeping will also be stressed.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: NMT.250 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.262 Nuclear Medicine Procedures 233

This course is a continuation of NMT.252 covering additional procedures performed in Nuclear Medicine departments. Clinical indications for performing each procedure will be discussed with emphasis on both the physiological and technical aspects of the examination. Normal and abnormal structure and function will again be emphasized through the presentation of case studies. Imaging studies such as CT and MRI will also be used for correlation.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: NMT.252 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.264 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 222

This course introduces the student to the more sophisticated aspects of Nuclear Medicine imaging. Computer processing techniques used for data manipulation as well as tomographic and 3-D image reconstruction will be addressed. Calibration techniques and quality assurance procedures will be covered in depth.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: NMT.254 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.265 Nuclear Medicine Practicum 2255

This practicum course involves three days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. Students will demonstrate competency in performing additional nuclear medicine procedures including analysis of counting statistics, image quality, and maintenance of quality assurance standards.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: NMT.255 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.272 Adv Nucear Med Procedures & Technique414.5

This 12-week summer course looks at recent trends, research, and technological advances in nuclear medicine. It covers selected in-vitro and non-imaging in-vivo procedures with emphasis on radioassay techniques. The course also examines image production and data acquisition methods associated with positron emission tomography (PET). Use of radionuclides in therapy will also be addressed.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: NMT.262 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NMT.275 Nuclear Medicine Practicum 3255

This summer practicum course involves four days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. This final rotation provides students with the opportunity to further refine their skills and complete all clinical competency requirements.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: NMT.265 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable