Health Science

Nuclear Medicine Technology - Certificate

Nuclear Medicine Technologists (NMTs) are trained in the safe handling and administration of radioactive pharmaceuticals for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. They work closely with radiologists who specialize in nuclear medicine to provide clinical information needed for patient diagnosis and treatment. Nuclear Medicine Technologists prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients who are undergoing scans; these radio-pharmaceuticals cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images. See the program mission statement.

Graduates of HGTC's Nuclear Medicine Technology program are eligible to take the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) certification exam in Nuclear Medicine and the NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Technology Control Board) certification exam.

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Career Outlook

There are more than 13,000 NMT positions throughout the country. After further study in nuclear medicine, you may advance to positions such as chief technologist, research technologist, or educator. NMTs find employment in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Medical clinics
  • Imaging clinics
  • Research centers
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
  • Waccamaw Community Hospital
  • Georgetown Hospital System
  • Conway Medical Center
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center
  • Loris Community Hospital
  • Carolinas Hospital System - Marion
  • Brunswick Community Hospital

Specific Admission Requirements for Program

Applicants will be accepted into the Nuclear Medicine Technology program by completing a weighted admission form. Students with the highest scores will receive admission to the program. A “waiting list” of applicants will not be maintained for future admission. An applicant who receives notification that he/she was not admitted to the program must resubmit the Nuclear Medicine Technology Application by the program application deadline date to be considered for admission to the next available class. Weighted admission forms are available on the Health Science web page.

  • Criminal Background Check prior to acceptance
  • Urine Drug Screening prior to acceptance
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program.
  • Complete and pass the General Hospital Orientation.
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers prior to admission.
  • Review and acknowledge the Medical Imaging Technical Standards Form.
  • Attend the Medical Imaging Sciences information session and obtain a signed statement verifying attendance to submit for admissions.
  • Successful completion of all 12 Nuclear Medicine Technology Core Courses with a minimum grade of "C" and a GPA of at least 2.5. (Course time limits apply.)
  • Payment of a non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • Complete the online Diagnostic Medical Sonography Information Session.
  • For re-acceptance guidelines, see the MIS Student Handbook.
  • For students seeking transfer credits from other institutions, see the MIS Admission FAQ.
  • Other expenses for which you are responsible may include, but are not limited to: purchasing scrubs and shoes, gas and transportation to clinical sites, Licensing Exam fees of $200+.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher as well as a minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all NMT-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Grades below "C" are considered course failures. Any student who fails to meet the requirements for progression will be dropped from the Nuclear Medicine Technology program and must apply for re-acceptance. For further information regarding re-acceptance, see the MIS Student Handbook.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
NMT 101 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine 2
NMT 102 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I 2
NMT 103 Nuclear Medicine Physics 2
NMT 150 Applied Nuclear Medicine I 8
Second Semester - Spring    
NMT 104 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II 2
NMT 105 Quality Assurance Methodology 2
NMT 107 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation II 3
NMT 151 Applied Nuclear Medicine II 8
Third Semester - Summer    
NMT 106 Nuclear Medicine Procedures III 2
NMT 109 Special Topics in Nuclear Medicine 2
NMT 152 Applied Nuclear Medicine III 6
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

39