Are you interested in exploring a unique branch of medical imaging or Radiology
Welcome to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Gulf Coast State College.
The purpose of this program is to prepare you for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) certification exam. These professionals are skilled by academic and clinical training to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that provide information about the structure and function of vital organs in our bodies or treat diseases with radioactive pharmaceuticals.
Your responsibilities as a NMT would include operating scintillation detectors and the preparation and calculation of patient dosages prior to administration to the patient.
As a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, you can be employed in hospitals, private physician offices, and diagnostic imaging centers specializing in organ imaging, radionuclide analysis of biological specimens, and/or radionuclide therapy to treat disease.
Intrigued? Learn more about what NMT's do in their profession!
Radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) are introduced into the body (injected, swallowed or inhaled), emit radiation, and then are detected by an imaging device (scintillation camera). An image is then produced of the distribution of the material within an organ of the body (organ imaging) for the physician to interpret.
Doses of radiopharmaceuticals are administered to patients to treat specific diseases.\
Care and quality control of any radiation detection or imaging devices to assure quality patient results. This is to comply with governmental regulation and accreditation standards.
Principles of As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) are used to minimize radiation exposure to patients, co-workers, and oneself in all aspects of nuclear medicine technology practice.
Our Nuclear Medicine Technology certificate program prepares current radiographers (R.T.(R) and radiography program graduates for employment as an entry-level nuclear medicine technologist. The nuclear medicine technologist is skilled by academic and clinical training to perform nuclear medicine examinations under the supervision of a qualified physician. Students should complete the prerequisite courses. Students are encouraged to complete the required general education courses prior to entering the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information, please visit www.gulfcoast.edu/ge/nmt.
For additional information regarding our online Nuclear Medicine Program, please visit our Health Science Division Nuclear Medicine Technology webpage.