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Nuclear Medical Technology


Nuclear medical technology programs teach people how to use radioactive atoms to diagnose and treat health problems under the supervision of physicians.

Nuclear medical technology programs include topics such as:


Most nuclear medical technology programs require students to complete a practicum at a clinic under the supervision of experienced technologists.


Several community colleges and two-year schools offer associate degree programs in nuclear medical technology. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in nuclear medical technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Other admission requirements may include:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

Nuclear medical technology bachelor's degree programs are typically split into two parts: pre-professional and professional. During the first three years of the program, you usually take general education and basic health science courses. These generally include courses in the following subjects:

You take your professional courses during the last year of the program. These courses typically include some combination of the following:

All programs include a clinical externship or practicum in their curriculum. Under the supervision of a physician or a registered medical imaging technologist, you can apply your knowledge and skills in real-life clinical settings.

Things to Know

Working with radioactive atoms means exposure to radiation. You learn proper safety procedures for protecting yourself, including wearing a radiation detection badge to monitor your exposure to radiation.

You are expected to pay for your own uniforms, shoes, name badge, and transportation during your clinical training.

Graduating from a nuclear medical technology program qualifies you to take the national certification exam.

Some states require nuclear medical technologists to be licensed.


King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Highline College

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College