Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses small amounts of radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, to diagnose and treat disease.
A Nuclear Medicine Technologist is a highly specialized health care professional that combines a strong background in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer technology with quality patient care to assess both the function and structure of the organ being analyzed.
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital:
- Provides didactic training that encompasses Nuclear Medicine procedures, patient care, radiation physics, radiation safety, radiation biology, quality assurance, instrumentation, and computers.
- Provides a clinical setting where students can apply their didactic knowledge with team building, critical thinking, and effective communication skills.
- Instills professional behaviors that are consistent with the delivery of humanistic patient care.
- Supports the mission of Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and Ministry Health Care by preparing students to be clinically competent to assist in continually improving the health and well-being of all people in the community they serve.
In coordination with Siemens Medical Solutions, qualified graduates from the Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital Nuclear Medicine Technology Program may interview for an additional 12-month paid internship at either Hoffman Estates (SPECT/CT) or Knoxville, TN (PET/CT). This internship may include acceptance and performance testing of SPECT/CT or PET/CT systems, creating and testing of clinical protocols, and system troubleshooting.
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) and the Nuclear Medicine Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). In addition, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredits Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital.