Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging, BS

  • Student and professor looking at scans

    Saving a life can begin with properly diagnosing the patient's condition. That's where you come in.

    Prepare to Work Closely With Nuclear Medicine Physicians to Perform Imaging Procedures

    As a nuclear medicine technologist, you will be responsible for patient education and support, working directly with patients during imaging procedures such as bone scans, PET, and nuclear cardiac stress tests. Technologists also prepare and administer the compounds used in complex computer imaging studies. These test and other imaging procedures are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties, such as pediatrics, cardiology, and psychiatry.

    You’ll use your observation and communications skills to analyze biological specimens in laboratories and provide data analysis and patient information to the physician to help diagnose disorders.

    The Curriculum

    You’ll get a strong academic foundation in our 120-credit program, which has two phases of study. 

    • Phase One includes 88 credits of coursework in areas such as public speaking, chemistry, biology, physics, and math that are prerequisite to the clinical year. Additionally, students complete all of the Liberal Studies requirements while at the IUP main campus. All requirements in Phase One must be completed before progressing to the affiliating school of nuclear medicine technology.
    • Phase Two includes 32 credits in the 12-month clinical year, during which students attend classes and clinical experiences through either the Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) at the University of Findlay, Ohio, or the Nuclear Medicine Technology program at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh. Both programs are fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).

    Students admitted to NMI spend four months at the University of Findlay, where they study the theory of nuclear medicine. The program includes 32 weeks of clinical training in one of the many affiliating hospitals. The program concludes with one week of review and a final exam. 

    Students admitted to CCAC spend 12 months in the Pittsburgh area. Classes are taught at CCAC’s Allegheny Campus, and clinical practice includes rotations in three of the Pittsburgh area affiliating hospitals. 

    Graduates of the nuclear medicine technology program are eligible to apply for the national registry examination. The examinations are administered by the Nuclear Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In many states, certification by either of these two national organizations is needed to apply for licensure so the individual may legally work in that state.

  • Freshman Year

    Fall

    Course Name Credits
    MATH 105 College Algebra* 3
    CHEM 101 College Chemistry I or CHEM 111 General Chemistry* 4
    ENGL 101 College Writing* 3
    Fine Arts Requirement 3
    SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
    Total Credits 16

    Spring

    Course Name Credits
    CHEM 102 College Chemistry II or CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
    HIST 196/197/198 3
    Dimensions of Wellness 3
    Free Elective 3
    PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
    Total Credits
    16
    Sophomore Year

    Fall

    Course Name Credits
    PHYS 111 Physics I Lecture* 3
    PHYS 121 Physics I Lab 1
    Free Elective 3
    COSC/IFMG 101 Micro-Based Computer Literacy 3
    ENGL 202 Composition II 3
    Free Elective 3
    Total Credits 16

    Spring

    Course Name Credits
    PHYS 112 Physics II Lecture 3
    PHYS 122 Physics II Lab 1
    ENGL 310 Public Speaking or BCOM 321 Business and Interpersonal Communications* 3
    BIOL 150 Human Anatomy* 4
    Free Elective 3
    Total Credits
    14
    Junior Year

    Fall

    Course Name Credits
    BIOL 240 Human Physiology 4
    Global and Multicultural Awareness 3
    Free Elective 3
    Free Elective 3
    Total Credits 13

    Spring

    Course Name Credits
    Philosophy/Religious Studies Requirement 3
    ENGL 121 Humanities Literature 3
    Free Elective 3
    BIOL 241 Introductory Medical Microbiology 4
    Total Credits
    13
  • *The University of Findlay Nuclear Medicine Technology Program requires C or higher grades in these courses. For the most favorable review of the application, students are encouraged to have completed all of these courses before the application deadline. NMI also requires a C or higher grade in a Humanities and Social Sciences course.

    The Community Colleg of Allegheny County requires a minimum of C grades in several priority courses for admission, although students are encouraged to earn A and/or B grades in math and science courses to be competitive for admission.

    IUP is affiliated with two accredited nuclear medicine technology programs. Students apply for admission to one of these programs for completion of the final year of study.

    • The Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) at the University of Findlay, Ohio: In this program, students spend one semester at NMI, 32 weeks in clinical training at one of NMI’s approved clinical sites, and return to NMI for a final examination.
    • The Nuclear Medicine Technology Department at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC): In this program, students spend 12 months in classes at the CCAC Allegheny Campus and clinical training at various sites in the Pittsburgh area.

    Required:  two writing intensive courses