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Nuclear Medicine Technology

nuclear medicine iconNuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine is used to diagnose and treat diseases by using small quantities of radiopharmaceutical material in the body. The radioactive material emits radiation, known as gamma rays, and is picked up by special cameras. Nuclear medicine techniques are a safe and effective way to allow for earlier diagnoses and treatment of abnormalities, sometimes long before medical problems may become apparent with other diagnostic tests. This early detection, combined with early treatment can allow for a more successful prognosis.

Program graduates will be allowed to take the national certification exams required to work in this field. Nuclear Medicine Technologists (NMTs) are certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon successful completion of the exams, graduates may apply for Washington State licensure and be able to practice as a licensed Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

images of nuclear medicine practiceProgram Description

TCC, in collaboration with Bellevue College, offers the opportunity to obtain an Associate of Arts degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology to a limited number of students. The program is a full-time, six consecutive quarter (18 month) program beginning in the fall of each academic year. Students enroll at Bellevue College for the core of the program and take the required Nuclear Medicine coursework via distance education at TCC. Student complete most of the required clinical internship at clinical facilities in the Tacoma/Pierce County area.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Health Sciences Overview

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage attendance at the Health Sciences Program Overview Information Session.

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Learn More about Nuclear Medicine Technology

  • Attend a free information session at TCC on November 16, 2017 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Building 13, Room 223.
  • For more information regarding the Nuclear Medicine Technology program and application instructions, please visit Bellevue College Nuclear Medicine Technology.
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