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.
Students gain supervised clinical experience using state-of-the-art equipment, including specialized computers, gamma cameras with advanced SPECT and/or SPECT-CT capabilities, solid-state detector gamma cameras, and PET-CT.
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.
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 to four other regional 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
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
|Methods of Patient Care||1|
|Mathematical Evaluation of Clinical Data||1|
|Clinical Nuclear Practicum I||6|
|Nuclear Radiation Physics and Instrumentation||3 |
Spring semester II
|Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology||3|
|Clinical Instrumentation and Techniques||3|
|Clinical Nuclear Practicum II||7|
|Application of Radionuclides to Medicine||2|
|Clinical Radiation Biology||1|
|Application of Computers to Nuclear Medicine||1|
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.
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.