Nuclear Medicine Technology Program (Minnesota)
The Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., offers a one-year program in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, for diagnosis, therapy and medical research.
Throughout the program you will be 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
Gainful Employment Disclosure Report
The U.S. 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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Mayo Foundation is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.
- Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
- Phone (toll-free): 800-621-7440
- Phone: 312-263-0456
- Fax: 312-263-7462
If you have a bachelor of science degree or you 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 on the Mayo Clinic campus: Rochester Methodist Hospital, two sites at Saint Marys Hospital, and via a mobile service.
As a nuclear medicine student, you will have access to many specialized computers, 25 gamma cameras, 14 with advanced SPECT (i.e. single photon emission computerized tomography) and SPECT/CT capabilities (for attenuation correction, anatomical localization, etc.) and 2 with solid state detectors; four PET/CT (i.e. combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography) scanners; and one cyclotron facility.
In addition to the two hospitals, the Mayo Clinic campus comprises an extensive outpatient complex as well as research and education facilities. It is one of the largest, most advanced medical center in the world.
Graduation and certification
When you complete the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine 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 (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week. While the regular week is usually 40 hours, additional projects and homework will be 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 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This ensures you will receive one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.
Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) Nuclear Medicine Technology Program class of 2011 was ranked the top-performing program in the country based on Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exam results. Of 93 participating programs, the MSHS program ranked in the 100th percentile on this scaled-score exam.