Admission Policy

Academic Requirements
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Ministry
Saint Joseph's Hospital offers two ways to enter and receive a certificate for qualification as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

1. A 3+1 Baccalaureate Degree Program
Applicants in this program must have completed at least three years of study from an affiliated university/college (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse or St. Cloud State University) in which the "clinical year" may be used as the senior year toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

  • Academic affiliate shall provide the required prerequisites and non-clinical professional curriculum required.
    • Required prerequisites, non-clinical professional curriculum, and NMT internship courses must be completed with a grade  of "C" or above.
    • Applicant must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher for undergraduate courses.
  • Applicant from the affiliated university/college may earn a Baccalaureate Degree.
  • Admission to the hospital program is based on acceptance into the professional program at the university/college.

2. Certificate Only Program
Applicants in this program must possess a bachelor's degree in a science related field and have completed the following post secondary course work from an accredited college/university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher for undergraduate courses.  The following courses need to have been completed with a grade of "C" or above within the last seven years.

Human Anatomy & Physiology
General Chemistry
General Physics
College Algebra (or higher)
English (oral/written communication)
2 semesters
2 semesters
1 semester
1 semester
1 semester

Prior completion of an Allied Health Care program (i.e. registered radiologic technologist (ARRT), registered nurse (RN), or registered medical technologist (MT-ASCP) may meet these requirements. For an evaluation of previously completed course work, contact the program director.

General Requirements

All students admitted to the program are required:

  • To show proof of health insurance.
  • Document their current health status and immunizations.
    • PPD (TB skin test).
    • Lab results of rubella, rubeola, mumps, and chickenpox titers.
    • Hepatitis B vaccination.
    • Current diphtheria and tetanus shots.
  • To be 18 years or older.
  • To successfully pass a mandatory criminal background check.
  • To provide verification from a physician of injury or disability requiring special accommodations.
  • To be a citizen of the United States or hold a US permanent immigrant visa.  International students will need to have transcripts from outside the US evaluated by the Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) prior to consideration.

Technical Standards

All applicants must possess sufficient physical and emotional health and manual dexterity to perform the Nuclear Medicine procedures with accuracy and precision. Certain criteria have been established and must be taken into account when evaluating the applicant's ability and compatibility with the physical requirements of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

Applicant must:

  • Have the ability to sit or stand with reaching, twisting, and stooping for 8 hours a day.
  • Have the ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Have the ability to assist in the transferring and moving of patients (300+ pounds) to and from wheelchairs, carts, beds, and imaging tables.
  • Have sufficient balance to independently carry out patient care activities safely, e.g. transferring patients, carrying equipment and supplies.
  • Have sensory perception, good hearing, and visual acuity, e.g., interpreting pertinent sounds from background noise, hearing conversations with physicians and patients, using telephone, discerning audible signals on camera imaging equipment, and monitoring patients during procedures.
  • Possess good verbal (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, e.g., communication with patients, physicians, and co-workers.
  • Possess good problem solving skills, sound judgment, and be flexible and adaptable to change.

English Proficiency Standards
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores. Due to the technical nature of the subject matter covered in the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program curriculum and the fact that clinical rotations require the student to be able to converse effectively with patients and staff, fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required to be considered for admission into the program.

Application Process

  • Print, complete and submit the application form.
  • Have official college/university transcripts of credits sent directly from the school.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified individuals (faculty member, advisor, supervisor, etc.). It is preferable that the person writing the recommendation signs these letters across the envelope seal.
  • A personal interview will be arranged once the completed application has been received and reviewed by the Student Advisory Board.

All documents must be submitted to the address below and received by Jan. 15 to be considered for the program, which begins in August. Applications should be submitted as early as possible.

Carlyn M. Johnson, Educational Program Director
 
Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
St. Joseph's Hospital
611 St. Joseph Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449
715.389.3905 
Carly
n.Johnson@ministryhealth.org

The Student Advisory Board considers all aspects of each individual's application and offers admission to the best qualified applicants. Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance, references, past work experience, and a personal interview with members of the Board. Applicants will be notified by mail of their acceptance or rejection by the end of March. A written reply from the applicant is requested within 10 days of receiving an acceptance letter.

Tuition
Students applying to the program towards a baccalaureate degree, pay full undergraduate tuition to the university or college. Tuition agreements have been made with those schools.

Students receiving only a certificate, pay a program fee to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital.

Inquiries
Please send inquiries to the address listed above.

 
 
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