UNC Hospitals School of Nuclear Medicine Technology and Molecular Imaging Radiology
The UNC Hospitals School of Nuclear Medicine Technology is a one-year, educational program in the theory and practical application of Nuclear Medicine Technology. Students completing the program will earn a certificate qualifying them to take one or both of the national certification boards in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine is an imaging modality which utilizes the properties of radioactive materials to diagnose and in some cases treat diseases of the body. Nuclear Medicine is a highly technical medical specialty that allows a technologist to work with cutting edge science and technology while also providing quality patient care.
Nuclear Medicine has been around for more than 75 years, but modern Nuclear Medicine really started in the 1950’s and has blossomed as computer technology has improved.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists typically inject radioactive tracers designed to go to whatever body part or organ they need to image and then acquire images with gamma camera or Positron Emission Tomography scanners. Due to the nature of the radiotracers used, Nuclear Medicine is considered a functional imaging modality. Most of the radiotracers used are metabolized or taken up by organs or body parts through normal physiological processes, thus allowing the Nuclear Medicine Technologist to evaluate the function of that particular body part or organ. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) allows us to perform molecular imaging with isotopes such as Oxygen, Fluorine, and Carbon.
- UNC Hospitals has seven gamma cameras and two PET/CT Scanners and 16 certified technologists.
- A full staff of certified technologists, nuclear medicine physicians, a nuclear physicist, and a radiopharmacist whose primary focus is education.
- The entire program is tuition free, the only costs are books, uniforms, and health insurance (student provided).
- The program is one year in length with no commitment to work beyond program completion.
- Access to procedures only performed at a nationally recognized research institution.
- CT training is also available post graduation to interested individuals.
- The program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) located at 2000 W. Danforth Rd., Suite 130 #203, Edmond, OK or www.jrcnmt.org
Qualifications & Requirements
- In order to be admitted to the University of North Carolina Hospitals School of Nuclear Medicine Technology, you must meet the general requirements, and one of the secondary requirements below:
- General Requirements
- Possess an associates degree from an accredited institution and completed courses in each of these categories:
- Chemistry with a Laboratory
- College Algebra
- General Physics
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory
- Medical terminology
- Oral and Written Communications
- Social Sciences and humanities
- Secondary requirements listed below
- Be a Radiological Technologist (Registered or Eligible)
- Be a Registered Nurse
- Have a Baccalaureate Degree in a Natural or Physical Science
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true there is no tuition?
Yes, it is true that we do not charge tuition.
What are the costs of the program?
Each student is required to buy their own books, uniforms, health insurance, and provide their own housing.
Does the University provide housing and food?
No, the program is owned and operated by the hospital and has no affiliation to the University. Each student is responsible for their own housing and food while they are enrolled in the school.
Can I take any of the courses part-time or on-line?
No, the program is an inclusive, thirty-five hour per week experience that must be completed from start to finish in its entirety.
Do I get paid for my clinical time in the program?
No, the clinical time is part of your training in the program and is a requirement for graduation and qualification for taking the certification exams.
What certification boards will I be qualified to take?
Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to take the NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board). If you complete all of the necessary competencies during your clinical training, you will also be eligible to take the ARRT certification test. For more information on the exams, please visit NMTCB.org, or ARRT.org.
When does the program begin and end?
Classes begin either the first week of September or the last week of August (depending on the year), and run until the end of the following August.
What is the program outcome been over the past several years?
We are very proud of the board pass rate of 100% since 2003 (when the current program director started).