Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography

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The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography is designed to develop competent entry-level technologists through a variety of didactic, clinical, and laboratory experiences. Upon graduation, students will be eligible for national certifications in Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography and may pursue additional stackable post-primary certifications with the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Details

Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
Academic Plan
Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
9305
Total credits required
124-133
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions 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 MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy and drug testing protocols.

4. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes or during the program may result in cancellation of enrollment.

5. There are limited spaces available in the NMT program. Only students who have completed all the general education and introductory courses noted above may have their name added to the queue of those waiting for an available space in a cohort.

6. As long as all general education and introductory courses 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.

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.

Notes

Students must complete the following general education and introductory courses with a 3.0 GPA to be added to the queue of those waiting for an available cohort space to begin the core curriculum: BIO201, BIO202, [(CHM130 and CHM130LL) or CHM130AA or (CHM138 and CHM138LL)], (ENG101 or ENG107), (ENG102 or ENG108), (MAT15+ or equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher-level algebra mathematics course), NUC100, [PHY101 or (PHY111 and PHY112)].

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

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 and computed tomography.
  2. Demonstrate ability to provide exemplary communication and patient care to a diverse population.
  3. Practice in accordance with published standards of radiation protection and regulatory compliance while maintaining the highest professional ethical standards.
  4. Analyze nuclear medicine and computed tomography images and processes for process quality, taking corrective action as appropriate.
  5. Collaborate with other medical professionals on interdisciplinary teams.
  6. Utilize professional literature to enhance clinical practice and professional growth.
  7. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

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 Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. 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. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

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

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC101 Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Technology 1
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review OR a higher level course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6) MA 3–6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication C, G, SB 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ 4
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 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
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Summer Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 3)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY112 General Physics II (Only if PHY111 was taken in Term 2) SQ 4
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3

Fall Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 4)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC101 Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Technology 1
NUC110 Introduction to Radiation Physics and Biology for Nuclear Medicine 3
NUC112 Nuclear Medicine Quality Control Laboratory 1
NUC113 Nuclear Medicine Clinical Applications Laboratory 1
NUC116 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I 3
NUC180 Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation 4

Spring Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 5)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC103 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation I 1
NUC130 Professionalism and Patient Care 1
NUC203 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation II 1
NUC216 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II 3
NUC220 Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine 3
NUC276 Nuclear Cardiology 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3

Summer Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 6)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC222 Clinical Practicum II 3
NUC259 Fundamentals of Research in Nuclear Medicine 3

Fall Semester (Term 7)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC303 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation III 1
NUC316 Nuclear Medicine Procedures III 3
NUC322 Clinical Practicum III 3
NUC350 Fundamentals of Computed Tomography and Elements of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3
NUC359 Research Methods and Design 3
NUC372 or
NUC382
Cardiac Practicum or PET/CT Practicum 1.5

Spring Semester (Term 8)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 8)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC372 or
NUC382
Cardiac Practicum or PET/CT Practicum 1.5
NUC403 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation IV 1.5
NUC416 Nuclear Medicine Procedures IV 3
NUC422 Clinical Practicum IV 3
NUC444 Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmacy 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Summer Semester (Term 9)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 9)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC392 Computed Tomography Clinical Practicum I 3
NUC450 Computed Tomography and Hybrid Imaging Case Analysis 3

Fall Semester (Term 10)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 10)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
NUC402 Computed Tomography Clinical Practicum II 3
NUC434 Nuclear Medicine Department Administration 3
NUC459 Nuclear Medicine Research Presentation and Publication 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Spring Semester (Term 11)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 11)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ICE/NUC291 Computed Tomography Registry and Board Exam Preparation 1
NUC432 Capstone Practicum 1.5
NUC490 Nuclear Medicine Seminar 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Course Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses 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 Bachelor of Applied Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=175036).

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