Curriculum

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program schedules classroom instruction primarily in the fall, followed by clinical rotations.

A building block approach is used for all instruction. Lectures and workshops start with a review of college coursework and build on those concepts as they apply to nuclear medicine. Academic coursework is coordinated with clinical experiences to optimize student learning. Workshops include topics such as cell-labeling techniques, instrumentation quality control, patient interactions and patient-handling techniques as well as computer applications.

Students gain supervised clinical experience using state-of-the-art equipment, including specialized computers, gamma cameras with advanced single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) and SPECT-CT capabilities, solid-state detector gamma cameras, and positron emission tomography and computerized tomography (PET-CT).

Rotations

Clinical rotations in each area of imaging and nuclear pharmacy are one to two weeks in length. As your knowledge and skills in nuclear medicine increase, supervision is reduced, allowing you to function more independently on routine procedures.

The volume and variety of exams performed at Mayo Clinic results in exposure to a wide range of clinical experiences. The clinical experiences offered through this program successfully prepare students to competently practice in their profession.

Elective rotations

Students who are in good standing academically and clinically may be offered a four-week elective rotation to Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. This rotation provides an intensive clinical experience across a broader range of practice environments. These rotations take place between March and July. Mayo Clinic funds the authorized additional costs for those selected.

Students may elect to participate in rotations at up to two of our other regional clinical affiliate sites for two-week rotations during the spring and summer, including:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Clinical requirements

In order to meet the clinical requirements for graduation, students must:

  • Demonstrate satisfactory performance of clinical objectives for all clinical practicum rotations
  • Complete all clinical competencies identified in the clinical manual

Didactic requirements

In order to meet the didactic requirements for graduation, students must:

  • Complete all courses listed in the program curriculum with a grade of C or better
  • Complete all graduation requirements of the baccalaureate-granting university or have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to beginning the program

Course sequence

The curriculum for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is taught on a semester-based schedule to match the academic structure of our program affiliates.

Fall semester I

Course Credits
Methods of Patient Care1
Radiation Protection3
Mathematical Evaluation of Clinical Data1
Clinical Nuclear Practicum I6
Nuclear Radiation Physics and Instrumentation3
Radiopharmacy3

Spring semester II

CourseCredits
Total34
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology3
Clinical Instrumentation and Techniques3
Clinical Nuclear Practicum II7
Application of Radionuclides to Medicine2
Clinical Radiation Biology1
Application of Computers to Nuclear Medicine1

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Feb. 01, 2017