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Nuclear Medicine Technology

The Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) specialization prepares students for a clinical internship. Nuclear medicine technologists utilize small amounts of radioactive materials for diagnosis, therapy and research.

Program Overview Advising

B.S. in BDTS

A Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences with a specialization in NMT prepares students to use radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Diagnosis may involve organ imaging using gamma counters to detect radioactive material that has been administered to a patient. Therapeutic doses of radioactive materials are also given to patients to treat specific diseases.

Consider this profession if you:
  • like working with others and enjoy the technical aspects of advanced medical technology
  • communicate well
  • enjoy analytical and critical thinking skills
  • are able to handle multiple tasks efficiently
  • have a strong background or aptitude in science
Career Outlook
Nuclear Medicine Technology is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States and is expected to continue to have higher than average job growth will into the future. In fact, the  United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics  estimates demand for Nuclear Medicine Technologists to increase by a total of 20% or 4,200 jobs between 2012 and 2022. Nuclear Medicine Technologists earn a median pay of $70,180 per year. There is an immediate demand for qualified Nuclear Medicine Technologists in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, and imaging clinics. Certifications include positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology (NCT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT).

For a complete description of required courses, please review the Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Science Program entry in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the Nuclear Medicine Technology Plan of Study for a recommended year-by-year schedule of classes. Student must provide a copy of the hospital program acceptance letter to advising office for specialization to be added for all areas. This will affect registration. All students applying to Nuclear Medicine Technology program must complete a graduation audit with their SHS academic adviser while applying to this program.

Clinical Internship

Students may apply for specialization standing in Nuclear Medicine Technology after completing the BDTS core curriculum, generally at the end of the sophomore year. Application to the clinical internship is made during the junior year. The senior year consists of a 12-14 month affiliation at an approved school of nuclear medicine technology.

Oakland University is affiliated with the following accredited School of Nuclear Medicine Technology:  the Nuclear Medicine Institute, Findlay, OH. Acceptance into the internship program is competitive and based on grade point average, personal interview and letters of recommendation.  Patient contact experience, volunteering with patients and advanced course work are also considered favorably in the admissions process.  Desirable candidates possess qualities/abilities in communication, computer literacy, leadership, multitasking, problem solving, and critical thinking.