The role of a nuclear medicine technologist

A highly-specialized NMTNuclear Medicine Technologist works closely with the nuclear medicine physician. Some primary responsibilities are:

  • Radiopharmaceuticals instrumentation: Preparing and administering radioactive chemical compounds
  • Computer processing and image enhancement
  • Analyzing biologic specimens in the laboratory
  • Providing images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation

During an imaging procedure, the technologist works directly with the patient to:

  • gain their confidence by obtaining pertinent history, describing the procedure, and answering any questions.
  • monitor their physical condition during the course of the procedure.
  • note specific comments which may indicate the need for additional images or help the physician interpret results of the procedure.

Programs

We offer three pathways to a degree in nuclear medicine technology:

  • A 2+2 baccalaureate program
  • Baccalaureate degree completion program for credentialed NMTs
  • Baccalaureate degree completion program for military-trained NMTs

Programmatic Accreditation

The nuclear medicine technology program at Augusta University is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 820 W. Danforth Rd., #B1 / Edmond, OK 73003; phone 405-285-0546; mail@jrcnmt.org; www.jrcnmt.org.  For more information go to JRCNMT online directory of accredited programs and read the the program's directory listing (https://www.jrcnmt.org/find-a-program/).

Graduate achievement data is an indicator of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves it goals.  The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available on the JRCNMT website by clicking on the following link:  Graduate Achievement Report

National Certification/Registration and State Licensure

The AU NMT program is accredited by the JRCNMT (jrcnmt.org) and therefore graduates of the program are eligible to attempt the NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board) national certification examination.  Additionally, since AU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education, graduates of the program are also eligible to attempt the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) national registry examination. 

While attempting either or both of the national certification/registration examinations is not a requirement of graduation, many employers require certification/registration as a criteria for employment.  Also, some states require licensure as a condition for employment. And while many states will accept the national certification/registry credential in lieu of sitting for a state licensure examination, the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program has not determined whether this program satisfies the requirements of all states and territories for state licensure. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inquire of the state licensure board within which they live or plan to work in order to determine whether graduation from this program meets state requirements.


Current Classes

Class of May 2022  

 

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Class of May 2023

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