Nuclear Medicine Technology Program (Minnesota)
Mayo School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers the one-year Nuclear Medicine Technology Program. Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, for diagnosis, therapy and medical research.
Throughout the program, you are trained in all aspects of a nuclear medicine technologist's responsibilities, including:
- Patient contact and preparation for radioactive tracers
- Patient imaging procedures, including computer processing and image enhancement
- Radioactive chemical compound preparation and administration
- Radioactive therapy and quality control
- Radiation safety
- Laboratory testing
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The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
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If you have a Bachelor of Science degree or are a senior at one of the following affiliated academic institutions, you can apply to Mayo School of Health Sciences' Nuclear Medicine Technology Program:
Facilities and equipment
The nuclear medicine facility at Mayo Clinic is the largest in the region, performing more than 26,000 procedures annually. These procedures are performed at multiple locations at Mayo Clinic — one site at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus; two sites at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus; and via a mobile service.
As a nuclear medicine student, you have access to many specialized computers; 16 gamma cameras — nine with advanced single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) and SPECT-CT capabilities (for attenuation correction, anatomical localization and more) — and two with solid state detectors; one stand-alone PET system; four combined positron emission tomography and computerized tomography (PET-CT) scanners; and one cyclotron facility.
In addition to the two hospital campuses, which make up Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.
Graduation and certification
When you complete the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences and, if applicable, a baccalaureate degree from your college or university.
Graduates are eligible to take the professional certification examinations given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
For the majority of the program, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. While the regular week is usually 40 hours, additional projects and homework are assigned.
No credit is given for previous work experience.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits eight to 10 students to its Nuclear Medicine Technology Program. This ensures you receive one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.