2015-16 Catalog

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Advanced Certificate


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.


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.


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 TEAS-AH 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 for a fall semester start.


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

Advanced Certificate

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
NMT.250  2
NMT.252  3
NMT.254  2
NMT.255  5
Spring Semester
NMT.260  2.5
NMT.262  3
NMT.264  2
NMT.265  5
Summer Session
NMT.272  4.5
NMT.275  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