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Learn to Perform Nuclear Medicine Procedures 
 
Nuclear medicine is a unique branch of radiology as it provides information about the structure and function of nearly every vital organ system in our bodies. Nuclear medicine technologists work directly with patients and physicians in a health care setting. Their responsibilities include:
  • Operating scintillation detectors
  • Preparing and calculating dosages
  • Administering radionuclides which are used for the singular purpose of diagnosing and treating diseases
There is minimal radiation exposure to both the technologist and the patient when performing nuclear medicine procedures. Broward College offers both an Associate’s Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology and a Nuclear Medicine Specialist Technical Certificate. 
 
Apply now to get your future started as a nuclear medicine tech.


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Nuclear Medicine
Learn about a career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

Dates/Time: 
  • ​​​Spring Sessions:
    • January  12th 11AM to 12PM
    • February 2nd 11AM to 12PM
    • March 2nd 11AM to 12PM
    • April 6th ​11AM to 12PM

Location: North Campus, Bldg 41, Rm 151

Classroom Experience
The Nuclear Medicine Program at Broward College blends together different learning methods so you have a variety of ways to retain the material. Your classroom experience will consist of traditional on-campus classes and labs, online courses and clinical education in hospitals and outpatient facilities throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade Counties.
 
Class sizes are small, with no more than 15 associate’s degree students and five certificate students admitted each year in August. The Nuclear Medicine Program is a full-time day program. It cannot be taken part-time. The hours vary between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. A typical semester involves three days of clinical attendance and two days of classes and labs. There is no scheduled weekend or night courses or clinical rotations. All lecture and laboratory courses are taught on the North Campus in Coconut Creek in building 41.
 
Through clinical education courses at area hospitals, you can practice nuclear medicine in a diverse environment where people from all over South Florida go for imaging. We will put you on rotation in at least three different hospitals over the course of the program.
 
 
Career Path
Healthcare is changing quickly and more Nuclear Medicine Technologists will be required to meet the demands of doctors who need patient imaging. Over the next decade, job growth is expected to increase at a steady pace for nuclear medicine techs.
 

 
Once you successfully complete the program, you will be awarded either an A.S. or C​​ertificate based on the track you choose. You can then sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and/or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board Exams. Upon successfully passing either examination, you will receive the title Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Program graduates are also eligible to become licensed in Florida through the Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control
 
After passing the exams and obtaining your license, you will be able to find work in:
  • Hospitals
  • Physician’s clinics
  • Specialized imaging clinics
 

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Is This Program Right for Me?
Nuclear medicine technologists have an affinity towards science and math. This field in particular brings together aspects of: 
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Applied medicine
  • Computer technology 
Even if you do not particularly enjoy math or science, anyone is encouraged to apply to the Nuclear Medicine Program if working in an innovative field of health care excites you.
 
Accreditation
The Nuclear Medicine Program offer​ed by Broward College is accredited by​ the Joint Review Committee for Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)​​. ​The current accreditation period extends ​through ​2019. Additional information regarding accreditation can be found at http://jrcnmt.org​.
Faculty
All faculty and coordinators are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and/or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. Some faculty members hold additional licensing in Radiography, Computerized Tomography, and Health Physics.  

Faculty and clinical coordinators consist of nuclear medicine technologists who have more than 40 years of combined experience in the health care and nuclear medicine fields.

Several of our faculty, clinical instructors and coordinators are alumni of Broward College.

Courses
Curricula focus on:
  • Radiation protection
  • Study of disease processes
  • Radiopharmaceutical administration and regulations
  • Procedures inclusive of stress test imaging, brain imaging, liver scans, and more
The Nuclear Medicine Program has been devised for full-time students and all courses are intended to be taken in sequential order. We do not offer a part-time schedule for this program. 

Completion of the certificate courses takes one year while the A.S. degree in nuclear medicine takes two years. The certificate course consists of 48 credit hours and the A.S. requires 75 credit hours. 
 
Mission Statement/Philosophy

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Nuclear Medicine Program is to prepare competent, ethical, and culturally sensitive entry-level technologists who are dedicated to lifelong self-directed learning. The Program is committed to preparing technologists who are capable of functioning in a dynamic and ever changing area of healthcare delivery. The Nuclear Medicine Program exists to provide technical and professional education to benefit all segments of the community. The Program is committed to quality instruction delivered by dedicated faculty who are engaged in continued professional development.

Program Philosophy:
We believe that learning is an active, continuous process involving intellectual and psychomotor activities which can be measured by an observable change in behavior. Learning is best accomplished in a democratic atmosphere where open communication exists between College faculty, clinical supervisors and students. We recognize that there will be differences among learners. The learning process should provide opportunities for evaluation based on didactic and clinical course objectives as well as opportunities for ongoing student self-evaluation. We believe that theory taught in logical sequence will aid the learner in approaching patient centered activities relating to the production of nuclear medicine images. Emphasis throughout the program centers on thorough, safe, knowledgeable and methodical nuclear medicine practices and procedures as well as effective communication skills.
Finally, we believe the Nuclear Medicine technologist is an accepted and important member of the health care delivery service. He/she must work closely with radiologists, cardiologists and other members of the health care team, and react quickly and efficiently to emergency situations. It is the responsibility of the Nuclear Medicine program to prepare the learner for a variety of situations which may occur in the Nuclear Medicine Department.
Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Program Goals:  

  • Contributes to the physical and psychological comfort of the patient.
  • Works with the health care team to improve the quality of health care in the hospital and community.
  • Understands the importance of, and maintains membership in, professional organizations.
  • Keeps abreast of the changes in the nuclear medicine field.
  • Provides a high quality education in nuclear medicine
  • Prepares individuals for employment as entry-level Nuclear Medicine Technologists
  • Prepares students to meet national certification and state licensure requirements
  • Provides the community with an active member of the healthcare team
  • Understands the importance of radiation protection practices and HIPAA practices for the student and community.
Technical Performance Standards

Students entering the Nuclear Medicine Program must meet certain standards of performance in order to progress in their course work and ultimately graduate. These standards include meeting cognitive, affective, and psychomotor demands associated with the profession.


Data Collection Standards –

  • Tactile ability that is sufficient for collection and assessment of data such as pulse and temperature.
  • Ability to adjust settings on equipment as needed.
  • Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health care needs including but not limited to hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, ausculatory sounds, and verbal communication as when a patient/client calls for assistance.
  • Visual ability sufficient for assessing and observing the patient/client and environment including near and far acuity, depth perception, visual fields, and color vision.

 Communication Standards –

  • Possess sufficient communication skills to interact effectively with others verbally, non-verbally and in written form demonstrating sensitivity to individual and cultural differences.
  • Ability to express yourself verbally in a language that will be understood by a majority of patients/clients.
  • Possess ability to recognize, interpret and respond to non-verbal cues from patients and clients.

Sensorimotor Standards –

  • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care including the ability to assist with positioning of patients.
  • Standing and walking for extended periods of time and physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, to maneuver in patient rooms and other small areas.
  • The motor skills of stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, and handling such as required to assist patient/client during an exam/procedure.
  • Ability to perform medium work (defined as lifting 60 pound maximum with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 30 pounds) such as required to manually positioning medical equipment.
  • Ability to walk with good balance; resist challenge while walking and support a patient/client who may have poor balance/weakened musculature during gait, ability to negotiate environmental barriers safely with patient/client.
  • Fine motor coordination (handbook dexterity) sufficient to manipulate and use medical equipment.
  • Independent mobility including transportation to/from campus and clinical courses.
  • Stamina to participate in physical activity over prolonged periods of time while positioning a patient/ client and providing physical assistance to patients/clients.

Intellectual and Conceptual Standards –

  • Ability to assimilate, within a reasonable amount of time, large amounts of complex, technical and detailed information from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to identify cause-effect relationship in order to make judgments and set priorities in clinical situations.
  • Recognize physiological changes in patient/client status and act appropriately.
  • Ability to function during stressful situations.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, integrate information and make decisions promptly.

Behavioral and Social Standards –

  • Possess sufficient interpersonal skills to establish meaningful and effective rapport with patients/clients, families, and colleagues from a variety of different social, emotional, economic, cultural, ethnic, religious and intellectual backgrounds as well as within all age groups.
  • Ability to cope with heavy workload schedule and patient demands.
  • Function effectively during periods of high stress.
  • Display adaptability.
  • Accept responsibility for own behavior.
  • Engage in self-assessment activities which include identification of learning needs.

 Ethical Standards –

  • Exhibit a respect for truth and a commitment to honesty in all didactic and clinical pursuits adhere to ethical and legal guidelines established by applicable national organizations and governmental agencies.
  • Abide by all institutional regulations.
  • Appreciate and respect patient/family confidentiality.
  • Information detailed on the Medical History and Physical Examination form is legally privileged and confidential. It is intended for use by the Health Science program unless written consent has been provided for release to other parties.
Program Outcomes

​20152014 2013​ ​2012​2011

Licensure Examination Pass Rate

​88%  ARRT

89%  NMTCB
100%  ARRT

100%  NMTCB
100% ARRT

90%  NMTCB
100%  ARRT

100%  NMTCB ​
100%  ARRT

100%  NMTCB 
Average Score on Registry Exam

​83% ARRT

77% NMCTB

​88% ARRT

81% NMCTB

​85% ARRT

79% NMCTB

84% ARRT

78%​ NMTCB

86.6% ARRT

80%​ NMTCB

National Average
​​​​83.6% ARRT

77.9% NMTCB​
​83.1% ARRT

78.5% NMTCB
84.1% ARRT

78.6% NMTCB
84% ARRT

​​78.7% NMTCB
84.1% ARRT

78.47​​% NMTCB

Graduation Rate​

​53%

42%

​52%

​​47%

60%
Graduate Employment Rate 67%​

​75%

​82%​

​67%

83%
 
Licensure Examination Pass Rate & Average Score on Registry Exam:
  • Data is consistent with information published by the ARRT and NMTCB national board examinations. The data represents the number of graduating students who have taken and successfully passed the licensure examination.
 Graduation Rate:
  • The Program uses the formula, required by the JRCNMT to determine the above graduation rates.
  • Graduation rates include students who leave the program for academic as well as personal reasons.

Graduate Employment Rate:

  • Percentage of graduates who were employed as NMTs within one year of passing the licensure examination.
For Alumni

·         We enjoy hearing from all of our former students. Stay in contact with us to remain informed about the program, profession, and opportunities available to alumni and Nuclear Medicine graduates.

           Broward College is eager to reconnect with you! Stay on top of the latest alumni news and new jobs in nuclear medicine when you join the Broward College Alumni Network. You can also donate to scholarships or donate your time to nuclear medicine students by acting as a mentor. For more information, contact Belinda Mouradian.

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