Nuclear Medicine Technologists (NMTs) work under the supervision of physicians to perform nuclear medicine procedures that are used to diagnose and treat diseases. In diagnosis, NMTs prepare, measure, and give radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs known as "Tracers") to patients either by injection or mouth. Then, by using a radiation-sensitive scintillation camera, images of the internal organs and the radioactive tracer biorouting through the body can be viewed on a monitor screen.

What is Nuclear Medicine?

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is a Technical Certificate program offered through the Indian River State College (IRSC), Health Science Division. The student must have an associate degree in a related field of study such as Radiography, Nursing, or Respiratory Therapy.

Palm Beach State College and Indian River State College (IRSC) have a cooperative partnership with PBSC students who reside in Palm Beach County. They may take their didactic courses at the PBSC Palm Beach Gardens campus via distance learning methods. In addition, these students will complete their clinical education in hospitals located within the PBSC service district.

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Admission Criteria

The Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMTs) Program is a limited access program where potential students must submit information and documentation directly to:

Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596.

A complete Nuclear Medicine Technology Specialist Program packet can be picked up in the Admissions Office. This packet should not be confused with the general application for admission to the college.

Application Deadline: Second Thursday in May

Selection Date: Notification of selection is by mail

Classes Start: Fall (August)

Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Specialist Program. Final selection will be made using a point system.


Accreditation

Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of IRSC.


Employment Outlook

There will always be a demand for competent, caring NMTs. The US Department of Labor predicts that employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to increase by more than 18-26% between 2004 and 2014.  In addition, the US Bureau of Labor statistic predicts that the US will need 8000 more nuclear medicine technologists in 2010 than it had in 2000.

NMTs held about 18,000 jobs in 2004. About two-thirds of all jobs were in hospitals. Most of the rest were in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers.


Contact Info

Indian River State College
Julie Smith, R.T. (R)(N)  |  772-462-7593

Palm Beach State College
Vicki Shaver, Ed.D., R.T. (R), Department Chair  |  561-207-5067  |  Faculty Webpage

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