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Curriculum

Classroom instruction is scheduled 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 course work and build on those concepts as they apply to nuclear medicine. Workshops include topics such as cell-labeling techniques, instrumentation, patient-handling techniques and computer applications.

You gain supervised clinical experience using state-of-the-art equipment including computers, cameras and PET. 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.

Rotations

Students who are in good standing academically and clinically may be offered a four-week elective rotation to Mayo Clinic's practice in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz. This rotation gives you intensive clinical experience in 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 to four other sites:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wis.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis.
  • CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital — St. Cloud, Minn. (two-week rotations during spring and summer)

Course sequence

The curriculum for the 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 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 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.

  • Oct 24, 2013
  • ART378492