Nuclear Medicine

The major program in nuclear medicine technology combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and biology in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body.

Some of the primary responsibilities of the nuclear medicine technologist include preparing and administering radio-pharmaceuticals, performing patient imaging procedures, and providing images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.

Students majoring in Nuclear Medicine Technology spend three years at the University of St. Francis taking liberal education and science courses followed by a 12-month professional phase at an affiliated hospital school.

 

Curriculum

Major (87 semester hours)

Required Courses
Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
252 Human Physiology (4)
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Lab (5)
or
Human Anatomy (4)
Immunology (4)
General Chemistry I and Lab (5)
General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
Biochemistry and Lab (4)
Computer Concepts and Application (3)
Calculus (5)
General Physics I (4)
General Physics II (4)

The curriculum of the professional phase of the program is determined by the hospital-based program and are subject to change. The program may require additional tuition and fees beyond those charged to non-allied health majors.

 

Professional Phase of the program (36 semester hours)

Professional Phase I (18 semester hours)
Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Clinical Practicum I (4)
Clinical Nuclear Medicine Procedures I (3)
Management & Methods of Patient Care I (3)
Radiation Safety and Protection (3)
Radiation Physics & Instrumentation (3)
Clinical Correlation – Pathology (2)

 

Professional Phase II (18 semester hours)
Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Clinical Practicum II (4)
Clinical Nuclear Medicine Procedures II (3)
Management & Methods of Patient Care II (1)
Radionuclide Chemistry and Radiopharmacy (3)
Radiation Detection and Instrumentation (3)
Computed Tomography and Cross-Sectional Anatomy (2)
Radiation Biology (1)
Medical Terminology (1)

 

For more curriculum information

See the USF Catalog