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BS in Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine is a medical imaging modality that provides physiologic information to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging techniques play an important role in the management of a wide variety of health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and neurological disorders.
The nuclear medicine technologist is an allied health professional who works directly with patients to acquire and prepare images for interpretation by a nuclear medicine physician, radiologist, or cardiologist. The major responsibilities of the nuclear medicine technologist include ensuring the proper function of imaging equipment, preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals, positioning patients for imaging examinations, following standardized protocols to obtain necessary images, and optimizing the diagnostic quality of images with computer processing applications. On a daily basis, technologists must think critically, multitask multiple priorities, and communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and superiors.
The nuclear medicine program blends a strong foundation in didactic knowledge and technical skills with the traditional values of a Regis liberal arts education. The curriculum enhances classroom instruction with a fully operational nuclear medicine lab and clinical internships at cutting edge hospitals and medical centers in and around Boston. Students also engage in original research projects, with opportunities to present findings at regional and national conferences.
Upon successful completion of the program, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine and are eligible to sit for the national certification board exams in nuclear medicine offered by the Nuclear Medicine Certification Boards (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham & Women’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Charlton Memorial Hospital
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Good Samaritan Medical Center
- Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
- Lawrence General Hospital
- Lowell General Hospital
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Mount Auburn Hospital
- St. Luke's Hospital
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Boston (VAMC).
Transportation to and from clinical sites is the responsibility of the students.
Clinical site rotations are determined by the Nuclear Medicine Faculty.
The Nuclear Medicine Technology program will prepare graduates who:
- Select and implement appropriate exam protocols and scan parameters to provide high-quality diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine/molecular imaging services.
- Assess the benefits and risks of radiation exposure to meet regulatory requirements, optimize patient radiation dose, and limit exposure to self and the general public.
- Apply knowledge of instrumentation to operate nuclear medicine/molecular imaging equipment and to perform standard quality control activities.
- Evaluate and analyze evidence-based research to advance the profession and promote life-long learning.
- Employ essential leadership and patient care skills to serve as a model of professionalism within the field of nuclear medicine/molecular imaging.
- Demonstrate mastery of the didactic knowledge required for the national certification board exams in Nuclear Medicine Technology offered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Boards (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).
Graduate Outcome Data
Graduate outcomes are indicators of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals. Programmatic graduate outcomes data reported on the JRCNMT website include: 5-year time period of current report; graduation rate; ARRT credentialing success; NMTCB credentialing success and job placement rate.