Nuclear Medicine Technology

About the Major

Nuclear medicine technologists provide care in diagnosing patients, imaging organs, and offering therapeutic services through ionizing radiation emanated from radioactive materials. These technologists are capable of performing quality control procedures on medical instruments and on radioactive materials. They also assist physicians in clinical procedures such as doing intravenous injections, drawing blood, assessing the technical quality of the studies, and providing basic patient care.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: critical thinking and problem solving, use of technologies, knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, communication skills, and ability to be detail oriented.  

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Applications of radionuclides
  • Physics and instrumentation of nuclear medicine
  • Radiation protection in nuclear medicine

Possible Careers

  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Sales or manufacturing
  • Nuclear cardiology specialist
  • Researcher*
  • Instructor or program director*

*These careers require further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Mobile imaging services
  • Private industry
  • Management

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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