Nuclear Medicine Technology

  • Program Description

    General Characteristics of Persons Entering This Profession

    • Aptitude and interest in math and sciences
    • Interest in people and their welfare
    • Good communication and listening skills
    • Capability to organize and analyze information
    • Interest in practical application of knowledge to new technology
    • Desire to be a lifelong learner as the field evolves

    Desirable High School Background 

    • Math -- prerequisite for many of the required science, computer, and statistics courses and used daily by nuclear medicine technologists. Algebra, geometry and trigonometry are therefore highly recommended. If not taken at a high school level, may be required at college level before being offered admission.
    • Sciences -- courses with laboratory in chemistry, physics and animal biology are highly recommended as good preparation for the required college courses in each of these areas.
    • English, Speech & Writing -- oral and written expression are an important part of all college work as well as the daily work of a nuclear medicine technologist.
    • Social Sciences -- valuable for daily interaction with patients and coworkers.
    • Foreign Language -- completion of four years in high school satisfies the University of Iowa B.S. degree requirement and results in more elective time in college.

    Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology

    The Bachelor of Science with a major in nuclear medicine technology requires a minimum of 120 s.h. of credit. Work for the degree includes a set of foundation courses that are prerequisite to entering the major, 60 s.h. of course work in the major, and elective course work sufficient to complete the 120 s.h. required for graduation. (See following page titled "Admission Requirements" for specifics)

    Students who plan to complete all requirements for the degree at The University of Iowa enter the University as students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) with a nuclear medicine technology interest. As CLAS students, they complete the course work that is prerequisite to entering the major.

    Admission to the major is competitive; the program accepts a maximum of 8 students per year. Students must apply to the major by January 15 of the year in which they wish to enter it. Personal interviews with qualified applicants are scheduled in February, and the class typically is selected by March 1. The program begins the following fall semester and lasts two years.

    Students who are admitted to the major become Carver College of Medicine students. Upon completing the program successfully, they are granted a Bachelor of Science degree and a certificate of training. Graduates are eligible for national certification as nuclear medicine technologists.

    The NMT Program Clinical Years (junior and senior years) 

    • More than 600 hours of classroom including work in nuclear medicine, PET & CT procedures, radiopharmacy, radiation safety & radiobiology, radiation physics, nuclear medicine, PET & CT instrumentation, patient care, pathology, cross sectional anatomy, medical and professional ethics, healthcare administration and quality management, medical research methodologies and computer applications.
    • More than 2400 hours of clinical experience at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Clinical rotations begin during the first week and involve progressive responsibility in performing diagnostic nuclear medicine,, PET and CT imaging and lab tests, cardiac stress testing, radionuclide therapy, radiopharmacy, quality control, and computer acquisition and analysis.

    For more information contact: 

    Tony Knight, MBA, CNMT, Director
    Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
    Department of Radiology
    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1077
    (319) 356 - 2954