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Certificate Nuclear Medicine Technology
Course Description (NMT)
 
NMT 100 – Clinical Experience I 
 
Clinical experience I provides students with an introduction to the hospital/outpatient setting work setting.    It integrates didactic learning into the practical setting. During their clinical education in level I, students are under the direct supervision of certified or registered technologists. Students orient to the clinical area, become familiar with technology, and apply theoretical principles through examination of patients under direct supervision. 16 hours per week are spent in a hospital setting gaining experience in general, cardiac, pediatric, and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Students will observe and/or participate in the administration of radiopharmaceuticals. 16 hours per week. Pre-requisites:MTH 095 - College Algebra or MTH 120 –Math Reasoning; PHY 117 - Introduction to Physics; BIO 121 - Human Anatomy and Physiology; BIO 122 - Human Anatomy and Physiology; CHM 104* General Chemistry; CPR certification; annual health examination; criminal record clearance; HIPAA education; proof of health insurance; current liability insurance; and facility orientation if required. 
*CHM 104 and PHY 117 may be co-requisites. Students must successfully complete this course by the end of Session I to be retained in the program.
 
 
NMT 105 – Clinical Experience II
 
Clinical experience II provides students with the opportunity to perfect the skills learned in Level I. Students continue to integrate didactic learning into the practical setting. During their clinical education in level II, students remain under the direct supervision of certified or registered technologists. Students perfect their skills in the clinic and become more hands on with technology. Students continue to gain experience in general, cardiac, pediatric, and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Students participate in the administration of radiopharmaceuticals and perform QC procedures on gamma cameras and dose calibrators under the guidance of the technologist. 16 hours per week are spent in a hospital/outpatient setting.   Pre-requisites: NMT100 Clinical Experience I, CPR certification, annual health examination, criminal record clearance, HIPAA education, proof of health insurance, current liability insurance and facility orientation if required.  
 
NMT 110 – General Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine Procedures
 
Presented as a series of lectures, video and slide presentations this course covers diagnostic procedures, including a basic review of anatomy and physiology, pathology, and protocols for routine and non-routine nuclear medicine procedures.   In addition, students will understand the technologist’s role in the administration of radiopharmaceuticals in therapeutic doses, as well as associated imaging protocols.
 
 
NMT 115 – Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine
 
Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine is an extremely important course to the field of Medical Imaging. It is essential for the technologist to have the knowledge and skill to care for patients while they are under your care. Advanced patient care skills are essential elements of providing high-quality patient care. This course addresses patient care and safety, patient-technologist communication, age-specific needs, emergency care, and venipuncture.
 
 
NMT 120 – Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Operations & Administration
 
This course will review the fundamentals of health care policy and regulations of delivery systems must be understood. Factors for future key health policy and ethical viewpoints regarding the access of health care will be explored. Customer Service excellence will be discussed in detail. Students must adhere to the customer service philosophy of the organization where they will obtain their clinical experience. The study of this topic will prepare them for future in the workplace.
 
 
NMT 200 – Clinical Experience III
 
Clinical experience III provides students with the opportunity to perfect the skills learned in Clinic II. Students continue to integrate didactic learning into the practical setting. During their clinical education in level III, students continue to improve skills with basic imaging and are introduced to more advanced imaging procedures including positron emission tomography (PET) and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). 16 hours per week. Pre-requisites: NMT105 Clinical Experience II, CPR certification, annual health examination, criminal record clearance, HIPAA education, proof of health insurance, current liability insurance and facility orientation if required.  
 
NMT 205 – Clinical Experience IV
 
Clinical experience IV focuses on the practical application of theory and skills acquired in all phases of the curriculum. Continuation of NMT 200. 16 hours per week. Pre-requisites: NMT200 Clinical Experience III, CPR certification, annual health examination, criminal record clearance, HIPAA education, proof of health insurance, current liability insurance and facility orientation if required.
 
 
NMT 210 – Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation and Quality Control
 
This course will review basic electronics, imaging and non-imaging nuclear medicine equipment. The theory of operation, as well as the functions and applications of radiation detectors, counters and imaging devices will be reviewed. Emphasis is placed on digital techniques and tomographic units (SPECT and PET).   Pre-Requisite: NMT105- Clinical Experience II
 
 
NMT 215 – Medical Ethics and Law for Imaging Professionals
 
The interactions of Nuclear Medicine Technologists with their patients, coworkers, and community must be in accordance with ethical standards and laws of the health care professional. Technologists need to interact with and have respect for individuals from different cultures, beliefs, gender orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Legal and compliance issues, scopes of practice, and patients’ rights are addressed. Pre-Requisite: NMT 105-Clinical Experience II
 
NMT 220 – Medical Informatics
 
Medical informatics is essential for the future implementation of clinical system data entry and development. The engaged process of enhancing the student’s knowledge, experience, and training in the creation and utilization of patient data, administration, and medical quality assurance will be the focus of this specialty. Patients, caregivers, and the health care community at large will benefit from the accessibility of ongoing medical information and data into a computerized system. Ongoing health care information and technology for health care delivery systems and subsequent interfacing, in conjunction with mandatory patient centered documentation for federal, state, regulatory, and credentialing agencies, must be studied and maintained. Pre-Requisite: NMT 200 -Clinical Experience III
 
 
NMT 225 – PET/CT Imaging Procedures
 
This section covers diagnostic procedures, including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and protocols for routine and non-routine PET and PET/CT procedures. Clinical experience must be acquired to enhance the didactic learning of all commonly performed diagnostic procedures. Pre-Requisite: NMT 205-Clinical Experience IV
 
 
NMT 230 – Radiation Physics, Safety and Regulation for Nuclear Medicine Professionals
 
This section covers the principles and applications of nuclear medicine and radiation physics for the nuclear medicine professional. The course then proceeds to have an in depth review of radiation protection as well as applicable regulations, including an awareness of how to apply the “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) philosophy to ionizing radiation exposure. Individual regulations are covered in detail in content areas where they apply, such as radiopharmacy, instrumentation, and radionuclide therapy. Pre-Requisite: NMT 100-Clinical Experience I
 
 
NMT 300 – Clinical Experience V
 
Clinical experience V focuses on the practical application of theory and skills acquired in all phases of the curriculum. Continuation of NMT 205. 16 hours per week. Pre-requisites: NMT205 Clinical Experience IV, NMT 310 Radionuclide Chemistry, Radiopharmacy & Pharmacology, CPR certification, annual health examination, criminal record clearance, HIPAA education, proof of health insurance, current liability insurance and facility orientation if required.
 
NMT 305 – Clinical Experience VI
 
Clinical experience VI focuses on the practical application of theory and skills acquired in all phases of the curriculum. Continuation of NMT 300. 24 hours per week. Pre-requisites: NMT300 Clinical Experience V, CPR certification, annual health examination, criminal record clearance, HIPAA education, proof of health insurance, current liability insurance and facility orientation if required.
 
 
 
NMT 310 – Radionuclide Chemistry, Radiopharmacy and Pharmacology

This course covers the theory and practice of radiopharmacy, including preparation and calculation of the dose to be administered, quality control, radiation safety, and applicable regulations. In addition, it deals with nonradioactive interventional drugs and contrast media that are used as part of nuclear medicine procedures. For all administered materials, it addresses the routes of administration, biodistribution mechanisms, interfering agents, contraindications, and adverse effects. Students need to have experience in laboratories, the clinical setting, or a centralized radiopharmacy in order to become proficient in this area. Co-requisite: NMT 200- Clinical Experience III.

 
NMT 315 – Nuclear Medicine Case Review
 
Presented as a series of lectures, video and slide presentations this course covers interesting diagnostic procedures, including a basic review of diagnostic outcomes for routine and non-routine nuclear medicine procedures.   Pre-Requisite: NMT 205-Clinical Experience IV
 
 
NMT 320 – Nuclear Medicine Registry Review
 
This course is presented as a series review sessions with associated mock registry exams.   The following topics will be reviewed:
 

·         methods of patient care
·         cross-sectional anatomy
·         nuclear medicine statistics
·         nuclear medicine and radiation physics
·         radiation biology
·         radiation safety and protection
·         nuclear medicine instrumentation
·         quality control and quality assurance
·         computer applications for nuclear medicine
·         general diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures
·         immunology
·         radionuclide therapy
·         positron emission tomography (PET)
·         computed tomography (CT)
·         radionuclide chemistry and radiopharmacy
·         medical ethics and law
·         healthcare administration
·         health sciences research methods
·         medical informatics
·         pharmacology