BS Medical Imaging - Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Though there are many diagnostic techniques currently available, nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is this ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities, such as x-ray.

The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is a highly specialized healthcare professional who works closely with the nuclear medicine physician. Some of the technologist's primary responsibilities are to:

  • Prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals
  • Perform patient imaging procedures using sophisticated radiation-detecting instrumentation
  • Accomplish computer processing and image enhancement
  • Analyze biologic specimens in the laboratory
  • Provide images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.

*Descriptions from SNM

Program prepares students to sit for the national certification exams offered by the Nuclear Medicine Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a BS degree in Medical Imaging from Regis College and are then eligible to sit for the national certification exams offered by the Nuclear Medicine Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The didactic and clinical education offers students the knowledge and skills necessary to become a competent Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Clinical education occurs at various hospitals and medical centers in Boston and the surrounding areas that offer experiences through a competency-based model using state of the art equipment such as SPECT/CT and PET/CT.

Regis College has a rich history and excellent reputation as a provider of education for healthcare professionals. The NMT program is part of the college environment that provides students with a broad base of learning in the humanities and sciences.

For students who are an RT(R) or already hold a Bachelor’s degree in another field, please click here.

Clinical sites include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cardinal Health Radiopharmacy, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, Lawrence General Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, Tuft Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Boston (VAMC), St. Lues Hospital, New England Baptist.

Curriculum - Traditional Undergraduate Track

Year 1

Fall
EN 105: Writing Seminar I 3 Credits
BI 105: Anatomy & Physiology I (lab)^ 4 Credits
SO 201 Intro to Sociology (or other Social Science Requirement) 3 Credits
RC 101 First Year Seminar 3 Credits
Expressive Arts Requirement 3 Credits
Total 16 Credits
Spring
EN 106 Critical Reading, Writing, Think 3 Credits
BI 106 Anatomy & Physiology II (lab)^ 4 Credits
Literature Requirement 3 Credits
First Year Seminar Linked Course 3 Credits
MA 210 Statistics^ 3 Credits
Total 16 Credits

Year 2

Fall
CH 101 Chemistry (lab)** ^ 4 Credits
History Requirement 3 Credits
Philosophy Requirement 3 Credits
Elective 3 Credits
Elective*** 3 Credits
Total 16 Credits
Spring
CH 102 Chemistry^ 4 Credits
PY 101 Intro. Physics for Health Sciences^ 3 Credits
Religion Requirement 3 Credits
Social Science Requirement 3 Credits
ID 304 Exploring Ethics 3 Credits
Total 16 Credits

Year 3

Fall
MI 330 Radiobiology & Protection 2 Credits
MI 402 Nuclear Medicine Essentials 3 Credits
MI 460 Nuclear Med. Procedures & Technology 6 Credits
MI 479 Nuclear Cardiology 3 Credits
Total 14 Credits
Spring
MI 465 Radiation Sciences & Instrumentation 3 Credits
MI 468A Clinical Internship I 6 Credits
MI 470 Cross Sectional Imaging 3 Credits
MI 472 Radio Pharmacy & Pharmacology 2 Credits
MI 478 Molecular Imaging 3 Credits
Total 17 Credits

Year 4

Fall
MI 469A Clinical Internship II 8 Credits
MI 477 Research Methods 4 Credits
MI 650 Pathology Across Rad. Mod.* 3 Credits
Total 14 Credits
Spring
MI 476 Medical Imaging Seminar 4 Credits
MI 480A Clinical Internship III 6 Credits
Elective 3 Credits
Capstone 1 Credit
Total 14 Credits

Total: 122 Credits

^ Pre-requisite
**CH 105 is acceptable only for individuals that have taken it while as a Nursing Intended Major and got a "C+" or better
* Serves as graduate credit for MS programs
*** Highly recommended to be BI 108 Microbiology & Lab