Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine technology Program

Nuclear Medicine Technology is a highly trained medical imaging field that uses radiopharmaceuticals to assist trained physicians in diagnosing, staging, and treatment of  patients with illness such as cancer and cardiac disease.

A nuclear medicine technologist is a highly specialized health care professional who prepares and administers these radiopharmaceuticals and uses  specialized equipment to monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which the radiopharmaceuticals localize.    Nuclear Medicine uniquely provides information about both the function and structure of virtually every major organ system within the body.

Nuclear medicine technologists may also operate computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners that are used in conjunction with nuclear medicine procedures.  

The Nuclear Medicine Technology program at Gulf Coast State College is an 16 month online certificate program.   All nuclear medicine students must complete the sequenced curriculum courses and participate in an approved clinical education facility. 


Facts about Nuclear Medicine Technologists
2010 Median Pay $68,560 per year
$32.96 per hour
Entry-Level Education Certificate
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 21,900
Job Outlook, 2010-20 19%
Employment Change, 2010-20 4,100

who may apply for the nuclear medicine program?

Students who are a graduate of a degreed Radiography program or Registered Radiographers who possess an Associates Degree may apply.   Out of state students may apply.