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 provides 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.
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.
- Is full-time
- Is six consecutive quarters (18 months) long
- Begins 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. Students complete most of the required clinical internship at clinical facilities in the Tacoma/Pierce County area.
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The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.