Clinical experience working in a local hospital or medical center is central to the nuclear medicine technology program.
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear medicine technologists help doctors diagnose diseases and in a safe, painless way by using advanced imaging methods to examine the function of internal organs. Organ imaging procedures lead to earlier diagnoses and better patient outcomes.
Why Choose Nuclear Medicine Technology?
With the aging U.S. population, there is a growing demand for skilled, qualified and caring health professionals. Every day, nuclear imaging procedures make a difference in the lives of patients by helping detect, diagnose, treat and monitor disease.
The B.S. in nuclear medicine technology program is interdisciplinary. It’s designed to help you land your first job and continue to climb the career ladder. The nuclear medicine technology program also includes a concentration in health care administration, which will help you develop ethical and management skills specific to the field. Course topics include:
Nuclear medicine instrumentation
Radiation detection and protection
Patient care & nursing
You will learn from professors who have extensive clinical experience. They will share their personal experiences, and engage with you in and out of the classroom.
Clinical experience working in a hospital or medical center is central to the program and the key to your success. As part of the nuclear medicine technology program, you will complete an internship with one of our six cutting-edge affiliate hospitals in the New York City metropolitan area:
“In this field, you have to have a passion to help people, to be with them, to ease their stress – it’s all about compassion.
“I'm originally from Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Before I came to the U.S., I majored in human biology in Ghana. From the onset, I thought that the medical field was the right place for me. It was confirmed when did volunteer work at the St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx – I wanted to specialize in patient care.
“I chose Manhattan College for the program and location. I did apply for other schools, but their programs weren't directly related to patient care. So when I found out about Manhattan College’s NMT program, it really made me think. In Ghana I didn't know about Nuclear Medicine. Also, I went to Catholic schools all of my life. They give the best educations.
“The transition from biological science to nuclear medicine was challenging. There is a lot of math and physics. But with the help of Mr. Hough — he is a master! He made everything a little bit simpler and easier for me to relate to. So, I haven’t experienced any big challenges yet because any time I have any problems, I would contact my adviser and teacher Larry Hough, or the new program coordinator Madeline Plasencia. They always respond right away.
“The classroom work is different from the on-site work. I’m finishing up my year long internship at Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side of New York City. It was an eye-opener but I really love it. First, you observe. After a certain period of time the techs will allow you to have more of a role handling the equipment and patient interactions. They have a protocol that you have to follow. Initially I felt a little nervous, but with time I felt more comfortable.
“My plan is to graduate and get a technologist job, but eventually I want to do my master's in medical physics. It will allow me to pursue an even higher position.”
What Will You Learn?
You will learn about human organs and systems, and mechanisms of disease, while you master basic physics, chemistry as well as first aid. All courses are human-centered to prepare you to interact with and comfort patients.
During the course of the program, you will accumulate 10 credits during your clinical internships working in a nuclear medicine department. In total this amounts to 180 full work days during which time you will learn to:
Prepare the radiopharmaceutical
Administer the injection
Observe radiation safety and protection procedures
Perform quality-control tests
Prepare the patient and imaging instrumentation for specific imaging procedures