Nuclear Medicine Technology is a health profession concerned with the use of radioactive material for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes such as organ imaging, analysis of biological specimens, and therapeutic procedures.
The Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology trains competent professionals to perform nuclear medicine imaging procedures on patients, perform radioactive analyses of biological specimens, prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals, and perform quality control procedures on instruments and radiopharmaceuticals. In addition, they prepare radionuclides for therapeutic procedures, and perform radiation safety procedures.
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program offers instruction leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology. The program consists of three years at a college or university majoring in natural sciences and a fourth year of courses in the specialty taken at the Medical Sciences Campus. The fourth professional year includes classroom theory and clinical practice.
Candidates for admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program must present evidence of successful completion of at least three full academic years of work at an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a scale of 4.00), or its equivalent, in both sciences and general courses. This work must comprise not less than 99 credit hours, including the subjects stated below for specific courses within each field, please contact the program.
|English||12 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Spanish||12 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Humanities||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Social Sciences||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Mathematics||11 Semester - Hours (includes Calculus I)|
|Biology||12 Semester Credit - Hours|
|General Chemistry||8 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Analytical Chemistry||4 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Organic Chemistry||8 Semester Credit - Hours|
|General Physics||8 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Electives||12 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Total||99 Semester Credit - Hours|
Students who wish to be considered for admission to the program must also meet the following requirements:
- Obtain a general and specific grade point average in sciences and mathematics of 2.50.
- Be interviewed by the faculty.
- Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English.
In order to graduate, students must comply with the following requirements:
- Completion of all 135 credits, with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 or higher on a scale of 4.00.
- Satisfactory completion of all didactic and practical courses in the professional program.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
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.
For the most recent five year period (2012-2016), the program graduates have a passing rate of 81% for the first time examinees of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board Exam. This is over the 80% pass rate for a consecutive five year period benchmark, established by the JRCNMT.
Prof. Miriam Espada Caro
Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
School of Health Professions Main Building, 7th Floor, Office #723
Director: 787-758-2525 ext. 4607
Secretary: 787-758-2525, ext. 4603
Fax: 787-764-1760; 787-759-3645