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Nuclear Medicine Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nuclear Medicine Technology program is designed to develop competent entry-level nuclear technologists through a variety of didactic, clinical, and laboratory experiences. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to: model the highest ethical standards and adherence to published standards of radiation protection and regulatory compliance, utilize critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to make sound decisions, utilize professional literature to enhance clinical practice and personal and professional growth, and collaborate with other medical professionals on interdisciplinary teams. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to sit for board certification and may pursue stackable post-primary certifications. The curriculum is structured to provide appropriate didactic and lab instruction, as well as ample supervised clinical exposure, to ensure sufficient opportunity to achieve all didactic and clinical requirements.

Details

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Field of Interest: 
Health Sciences
Type: 
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
3688
Total credits required: 
109-120
Effective term: 
2021 Spring
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:23-33
All previous college semester credits must be from a regionally accredited institution recognized by GateWay Community College with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
 
The following college courses must be completed with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher:
 
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
 
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM130AAFundamental Chemistry with Lab (4) OR
CHM138Chemistry for Allied Health (3) AND
CHM138LLChemistry for Allied Health Laboratory (1)4
 
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment. (0)0-3
 
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
 
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
Equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher-level algebra mathematics course3-6
 
NUC100Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Technology1
 
PHY101Introduction to Physics (4) OR
PHY111General Physics I (4) AND
PHY112General Physics II (4)4-8
 
Until program prerequisites are completed, students are only eligible for conditional admission to the program. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the Nuclear Medicine program of study.
Admission criteria

1. Formal application and admission to the program.
2. Background Check Requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD background check policy.
3. Clinical Health and Safety requirements must be met prior to enrollment in any program of study course. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the clinical health and safety policy including district drug testing.
4. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or Clinical Health and Safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.

Readmission Criteria:
The Program reserves the right to deny acceptance of an admission application if the applicant was dismissed from any program for issues relating to academic integrity and/or unsafe patient care.

Academic Plan: 
Nuclear Medicine Technology (DEG)
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Students must earn a grade of B or better in ENG102 or ENG108, and NUC100.
As long as all General Education prerequisites have been completed, potential students residing outside of the state of Arizona can seek permission from the Program Director to be placed on the waitlist, granted a position number, and agree to take NUC100 in the semester prior to formal program admission.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:74
NUC101Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Technology1
NUC103Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation I1
NUC110Introduction to Radiation Physics and Biology for Nuclear Medicine3
NUC112Nuclear Medicine Quality Control Laboratory1
NUC113Nuclear Medicine Clinical Applications Laboratory1
NUC114Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation3
NUC116Nuclear Medicine Procedures I3
NUC126Nuclear Medicine Procedures II3
NUC130Professionalism and Patient Care1
NUC212Clinical Practicum I1.5
NUC220Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine3
NUC222Clinical Practicum II3
NUC223Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation II1
NUC232Clinical Practicum III3
NUC233Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation III1
NUC234Nuclear Medicine Department Administration3
NUC236Nuclear Medicine Procedures III3
NUC242Clinical Practicum IV3
NUC243Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation IV1
NUC244Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmacy3
NUC246Nuclear Medicine Procedures IV3
NUC250Fundamentals of Computed Tomography and Elements of Magnetic Resonance Imaging3
NUC251Computed Tomography and Hybrid Imaging Case Analysis3
NUC259Fundamentals of Research in Nuclear Medicine3
NUC260Research Methods and Design3
NUC262Capstone Practicum1.5
NUC263Nuclear Medicine Research Presentation and Publication3
NUC272Cardiac Practicum1.5
NUC276Nuclear Cardiology3
NUC280Nuclear Medicine PET Physics and Instrumentation3
NUC283PET/CT Practicum1.5
NUC290Nuclear Medicine Seminar3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-1
Students interested in more cardiac clinical experience may complete zero (0) to one (1) credit with permission of the Nuclear Medicine Program Director.
 
DMI/NUC108Structured Diagnostic Medical Imaging Skills Enhancement1
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 12
 
General Education CoreCredits: 6
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 3
Met by ENG101 or ENG107 in Program Prerequisites area.
AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0
Met by CRE101 or equivalent as indicated by assessment in Program Prerequisites area.
 
MathematicsCredits: 0
Met by MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 or satisfactory completion of a higher-level algebra mathematics course in the Program Prerequisites area.
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 6
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
Met by BIO201 and BIO202; CHM130 and CHM130LL or CHM130AA or CHM138 and CHM138LL; PHY101 or PHY111 and PHY112 in Program Prerequisites area.
Competencies
  • Apply problem solving, critical thinking and decision making strategies in nuclear medicine. (NUC100, NUC101, NUC103, NUC110, NUC112, NUC113, NUC114, NUC116, NUC126, NUC130, NUC212, NUC220, NUC222, NUC223, NUC232, NUC233, NUC234, NUC236, NUC242, NUC243, NUC244,NUC246, NUC250, NUC251, NUC259, NUC260, NUC262, NUC263, NUC272, NUC276, NUC280, NUC283, NUC290, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM130AA, CHM138, CHM138LL, ENG101, ENG107, ENG102, ENG108, CRE101, PHY101, PHY111, PHY112, [MA])
  • Demonstrate ability to provide exemplary communication and patient care to a diverse population. (NUC100, NUC101, NUC103, NUC110, NUC112, NUC113, NUC114, NUC116, NUC126, NUC130, NUC212, NUC220, NUC222, NUC223, NUC232, NUC233, NUC234, NUC236, NUC242, NUC243, NUC244, NUC246, NUC250, NUC251, NUC259, NUC260, NUC262, NUC263, NUC272, NUC276, NUC280, NUC283, NUC290, COM100, COM110, CRE101, ENG101, ENG107, ENG102, ENG108, [HU], [SB])
  • Practice in accordance with published standards, demonstrating ethics, professionalism and collaboration. (DMI/NUC108, NUC100, NUC101, NUC103, NUC110, NUC112, NUC113, NUC114, NUC116, NUC126, NUC130, NUC212, NUC220, NUC222, NUC223, NUC232, NUC233, NUC234, NUC236, NUC242, NUC243, NUC244, NUC246, NUC250, NUC251, NUC259, NUC260, NUC262, NUC263, NUC272, NUC276, NUC280, NUC283, NUC290, COM100, COM110, CRE101, ENG101, ENG107, ENG102, ENG108)
  • Analyze nuclear medicine images and processes for process quality and take corrective action as appropriate. (NUC100, NUC103, NUC110, NUC112, NUC113, NUC114, NUC116, NUC126, NUC130, NUC212, NUC220, NUC222, NUC223, NUC232, NUC233, NUC234, NUC236, NUC242, NUC243, NUC244, NUC246, NUC250, NUC251, NUC262, NUC272, NUC276, NUC280, NUC283, NUC290, BIO201, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM130AA, CHM138, CHM138LL, PHY101, PHY111, PHY112, [MA])

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