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
Nuclear Medicine Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3688
Total Credits Required
109-120
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply problem solving, critical thinking and decision making strategies in nuclear medicine.
  2. Demonstrate ability to provide exemplary communication and patient care to a diverse population.
  3. Practice in accordance with published standards, demonstrating ethics, professionalism and collaboration.
  4. Analyze nuclear medicine images and processes for process quality and take corrective action as appropriate.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
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.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
CHM130AA or
(CHM138 and
CHM138LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or Fundamental Chemistry with Lab or (Chemistry for Allied Health and Chemistry for Allied Health Laboratory) SQ 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
HCC145 Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing Critical course FYC or L 3
NUC100 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Technology Critical course Gateway course 1
DMI105 or
PHY101 or
(PHY111 and
PHY112)
Fundamentals of Radiation Physics or Introduction to Physics or (General Physics I and General Physics II) SQ 3–8

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication SB 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
MAT15+ or
Equivalent or Higher
Any MAT15+ Course or Or equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher level algebra mathematics Critical course 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC101 Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Technology 1
NUC103 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation I 1
NUC110 Introduction to Radiation Physics and Biology for Nuclear Medicine Critical course 3
NUC112 Nuclear Medicine Quality Control Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
NUC114 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 3
NUC116 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I 3
NUC130 Professionalism and Patient Care 1

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC113 Nuclear Medicine Clinical Applications Laboratory 1
NUC126 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II Critical course 3
NUC212 Clinical Practicum I Critical course Gateway course 1.5
NUC220 Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine 3
NUC234 Nuclear Medicine Department Administration 3
NUC276 Nuclear Cardiology Critical course Gateway course 3
DMI/NUC108 Structured Diagnostic Medical Imaging Skills Enhancement 0–1

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC222 Clinical Practicum II 3
NUC223 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation II 1
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC232 Clinical Practicum III 3
NUC233 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation III 1
NUC236 Nuclear Medicine Procedures III 3
NUC250 Fundamentals of Computed Tomography and Elements of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Critical course Gateway course 3
NUC280 Nuclear Medicine PET Physics and Instrumentation Critical course Gateway course 3
NUC272 or
NUC283
Cardiac Practicum or PET/CT Practicum Students will be assigned to either NUC272 Cardiac Practicum OR NUC283 PET/CT Practicum. In the following semester students will take the other practicum to complete both requirements. 1.5

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC242 Clinical Practicum IV 3
NUC243 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation IV 1
NUC244 Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmacy 3
NUC251 Computed Tomography and Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Procedures 2
NUC260 Research Methods and Design 3
NUC272 or
NUC283
Cardiac Practicum or PET/CT Practicum Students will be assigned to either NUC272 Cardiac Practicum OR NUC283 PET/CT Practicum, based on the practicum completed in the previous semester. 1.5

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC262 Capstone Practicum 1.5
NUC290 Nuclear Medicine Seminar 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
HCC145 Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4
NUC100 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Technology Critical course Gateway course 1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
CHM130AA or
(CHM138 and
CHM138LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or Fundamental Chemistry with Lab or (Chemistry for Allied Health and Chemistry for Allied Health Laboratory) SQ 4
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMI105 or
PHY101 or
(PHY111 and
PHY112)
Fundamentals of Radiation Physics or Introduction to Physics or (General Physics I and General Physics II) SQ 3–8

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing Critical course FYC or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication SB 3
MAT15+ or
Equivalent or Higher
MAT15+ or any higher Mathematics Course or Or equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher level algebra mathematics Critical course 3–6

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC101 Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Technology 1
NUC103 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation I 1
NUC110 Introduction to Radiation Physics and Biology for Nuclear Medicine Critical course 3
NUC112 Nuclear Medicine Quality Control Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
NUC114 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation 3
NUC116 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I 3
NUC130 Professionalism and Patient Care 1

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC113 Nuclear Medicine Clinical Applications Laboratory 1
NUC126 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II Critical course 3
NUC212 Clinical Practicum I Critical course Gateway course 1.5
NUC220 Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine 3
NUC234 Nuclear Medicine Department Administration 3
NUC276 Nuclear Cardiology Critical course Gateway course 3
DMI/NUC108 Structured Diagnostic Medical Imaging Skills Enhancement 0–1

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC222 Clinical Practicum II 3
NUC223 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation II 1
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC232 Clinical Practicum III 3
NUC233 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation III 1
NUC236 Nuclear Medicine Procedures III 3
NUC250 Fundamentals of Computed Tomography and Elements of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Critical course Gateway course 3
NUC280 Nuclear Medicine PET Physics and Instrumentation Critical course Gateway course 3
NUC272 or
NUC283
Cardiac Practicum or PET/CT Practicum Students will be assigned to either NUC272 Cardiac Practicum OR NUC283 PET/CT Practicum. In the following semester students will take the other practicum to complete both requirements. 1.5

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC242 Clinical Practicum IV 3
NUC243 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation IV 1
NUC244 Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmacy 3
NUC251 Computed Tomography and Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Procedures 2
NUC260 Research Methods and Design 3
NUC272 or
NUC283
Cardiac Practicum or PET/CT Practicum Students will be assigned to either NUC272 Cardiac Practicum OR NUC283 PET/CT Practicum, based on the practicum completed in the previous semester. 1.5

Term 12

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 12
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC262 Capstone Practicum 1.5
NUC290 Nuclear Medicine Seminar Critical course 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=150589).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020