Admission/Degree Requirements - Nuclear Medicine Technology | Radiation Sciences Programs

Admission/Degree Requirements - Nuclear Medicine Technology

Admission Requirements: Nuclear Medicine Technology

  • Rhetoric: RHET:1030 Rhetoric
  • Natural Sciences:
    • Chemistry: CHEM:1110
    • Human Anatomy with Lab (choose one option below):
      • HHP:1150  Human Anatomy with Lab
      • HHP:3115  Anatomy for Human Physiology with Lab
      • HHP:1100 and HHP:1110  Human Anatomy and Lab
      • ACB:3110 and HHP:1110  Principles of Human Anatomy and Lab
    • Human Physiology with Lab (choose one option below):
      • HHP:1350  Fundamentals of Human Physiology with Lab
      • HHP:3550 Human Physiology with Lab
      • HHP:1300 and HHP:1310  Fundamentals of Human Physiology and Lab
      • HHP:3500 and HHP:1310  Human Physiology and Lab
    • Physics: PHYS:1400 or PHYS:1511
  • Social Science:
    • PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology
  • Quantitative/Formal Reasoning:
    • MATH:1440 Math for the Biological Sciences or MATH:1020 Elementary Functions or higher level
  • General Education: 3 sh from 2 of the following areas (6 sh total):
    • Diversity and Inclusion (DI)
    • Historical Perspectives (HP)
    • International and Global Issues (IGI)
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts (LVPA)
    • Values and Culture (VC)
  • Medical Terminology:
    CLSA:3750 Medical and Technical Terminology
  • 60 sh of coursework (60sh can be awarded for the ARRT(R) certification)
  • 2.5 minimum cumulative college GPA (excludes any Radiology Technology course grades)
  • Application to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nuclear Medicine Technology Interest
  • Separate application for competitive selection to the Nuclear Medicine professional program by Jan. 15
  • Personal interview on campus for invited applicants
  • Two years of high school world language is a prerequisite to the professional program.
  • International students and students whose first language is not English: satisfaction of all UI Admissions requirements; completion of the English Language Requirements for Admission, the English Proficiency Evaluation, and all proficiency courses required for clearance to take a full academic load

Recommended:

  • Health Care experience (recommend CNA)
  • Job Shadowing in Nuclear Medicine and PET
  • RSP:1100 Introduction to Radiation Sciences (1 sh)
  • BIOL:1140 Human Biology (4 sh)
  • CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II (4 sh)
  • Statistics: STAT:1020 or STAT:3510 (3 sh)
  • CS:1020 Principles of Computing or MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials (2-3 sh)

Admission Process

  • Apply online (http://admissions.uiowa.edu) to the College of Liberal Arts, Nuclear Medicine Interest by early December, prior to professional program application. Follow applicable instructions for Transfer or International Students.
  • Apply to the Nuclear Medicine Technology professional program before January 15.
  • Early acceptance criteria:
    • Half of all prerequisites, 30sh, and 2.5 overall GPA by June 1, with plan to complete remaining prereqs the following year.
    • Preference given to candidates with documented health care and job shadowing experiences.
    • Limited number of positions available; application and selection process required; acceptance is not guaranteed.
    • Admission into the College of Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is contingent upon the successful completion of all prerequisites. 

Notes: 

  • Track duration is 2 years of didactic and clinical education. Acceptance is not guaranteed; selection process is required due to limited clinical openings.
  • Students are advised for success, based on academic strength, not necessarily for a 4 year plan.
  • Prerequisites may take more than two years to complete.

Degree Requirements

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology courses in the schedule below.
  • Semester hour, GPA, and Residency Requirements:
    • Successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit
    • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative and UI GPA
    • Complete all courses in the major with a C or above

Nuclear Medicine Technology Schedule:

First Year – Freshman (CLAS, Nuc Med Tech Interest major)

1st Semester Fall sh 2nd Semester Spring sh
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4 Human Anatomy and Lab (several options) 4-5
BIOL:1140 Human Biology** 4 CLSA:3750 Medical & Technical Terminology 2
PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology 3 MATH:1440 Math for the Biological Sciences or
MATH:1020 Elementary Functions
4
RSP:1100 Introduction to Radiation Sciences* 1 DI, IGI, HP, LVPA, or VC 3
DI, IGI, HP, LVPA, or VC 3 Electives 2
Subtotal 15 Subtotal 15-16

Second Year – Sophomore (CLAS, Nuc Med Tech Interest major)

1st Semester Fall sh 2nd Semester Spring sh
CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I 4 CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II* 4
PHYS:1400 Basic Physics or
PHYS:1511 College Physics I
3-4 STAT:1020 Elementary Statistics & Inference or
STAT:3510 Biostatistics*
3
CS:1020 Principles of Computing* or
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials*
2-3 Human Physiology and Lab (several options) 4-5
Electives 5 Electives 3-5
Subtotal 14-16 Subtotal 14-17

*recommended but not required        **strongly recommended to prepare for Anatomy and Physiology course

Third Year – Junior (COM, Nuc Med Tech major)

1st Semester Fall sh 2nd Semester Spring sh
RSNM:3120 Fundamentals of NM & PET 3 RSNM:3220 NM & PET Clinical Procedures 3
RSNM:3121 NM Clinical Internship I (2/wk, TW;16 wks;256 hrs) 3 RSNM:3221 NM Clinical Internship II (2/wk, TW;16 wks;256 hrs) 3
RSNM:3131 Radiopharmaceuticals 3 RSNM:3231 Instrumentation 3
RSP:3130 Radiation Safety & Radiobiology 2 RSP:3210 Medical Ethics & Law 2
RSP:2120 Patient Care for Radiation Sciences 3 RSCT:4100 Sect Anatomy for Imaging Sciences 3
Subtotal 14 Subtotal 14
       
3rd Semester Summer sh    
RSNM:3321 NM Clinical Internship III (5/wk, M-F;12 wks;480 hrs) 6    
Subtotal 6    

Fourth Year – Senior (COM, Nuc Med Tech major)

1st Semester Fall sh 2nd Semester Spring sh
RSNM:4121 NM Clinical Internship IV (3/wk,MThF;16 wks;384hrs) 4 RSNM:4221 NM Clinical Internship V (3/wk,MThF;16 wks;384hrs) 4
RSP:4110 Research Methodologies for Rad Sci 3 RSNM:4222 NMT Capstone & Cert. Exam Prep 6
RSCT:4130 CT Physical Principles & QC 4 RSP:3220 Rad Sci QM & Healthcare Admin 2
RSCT:4120 CT Procedures I 3    
Subtotal 14 Subtotal 12