Nuclear Medicine Technologist

What is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?

Nuclear Medicine Technologists use a process of administering radioactive pharmaceuticals to ill or injured patients, then using a scanner to detect the radiation in their body and make images of their potentially damaged organs. This process requires a great deal of caution, because radioactive material in all but the tiniest doses is dangerous to human health. Nuclear medicine technologists require a great deal of training because of the sensitive nature of their work. It requires at least an associate’s degree to become a nuclear medicine technologist.

Nuclear medicine techs can be employed anywhere radiation-based diagnostic or treatment methods are employed, which includes:

  • Hospitals
  • Private physician’s offices
  • Research Labs or Imaging Clinics

What Do Nuclear Medicine Technologists Earn?

Nuclear Medicine Technologists earned a median salary of $68,560 per year as of May, 2010, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field is expected to see a 19% increase in jobs between 2010 and 2020. Most states require some sort of licensure or certification for practicing nuclear medicine technologists, but those requirements vary by state. Some accredited training programs will have licensure preparation built right into them, so that all a student has to do after graduating is take the licensure test.

Radiology Technician and Health Science Programs

DeVry University DeVry University — DeVry University's B.B.A. in Health Services Management is an online bachelor's degree with courses that provide radiology tech students with the pre-requisites they need to enter a radiology clinical program upon graduation. DeVry also offers a related associate's degree in health information technology. DeVry works with top business and health care industry leaders to design programs that produce graduates who meet the needs of the field.
Pima Medical Institute Pima Medical Institute — A student in Pima's AOS in radiography degree program will learn the necessary skills to provide high quality diagnostic imagery to patients. The BS in radiologic sciences program will give you the academic insight into radiologic health care administration to evaluate and understand the diagnostic imagery performed on clients. This program is highly relevant in today's expanding medical field.
Adventist University of Health Sciences Adventist University of Health Sciences — Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly Florida Hospital College) offers an accredited online BS degree in radiological sciences that offers medical imaging technologists and radiologic technicians the opportunity to learn more skills to advance their careers in the healthcare field. Earning this degree ensure that its graduates are wholly prepared for the fast-paced and quickly adapting environment of medical imaging clinics and hospitals.
Herzing College Herzing College — The Associate of Science degree in medical assisting from Herzing provides students with an introduction to how a physician's office operates. Students of this program are trained to assist the doctor in the exam room, to perfom routine lab procedures such as radiological procedures, and to handle various administrative tasks. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be ready for entry-level employment as a medical assistant.

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