Nuclear Medicine Technology : About The Program

About Our Degrees

NMT is one of the diagnostic imaging modalities. It is not x-ray, CT or CAT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging or ultrasound. Nuclear medicine procedures use small amounts of radioactive materials to study the function of the internal organs. A smaller aspect of the work is radionuclide therapy. The nuclear medicine technologist is a highly skilled individual who, in conjunction with the physician, either directs or participates in the daily operation of the nuclear medicine department. The responsibilities are varied but include three major roles: technical skills, patient care, and administrative functions.

The University at Buffalo Nuclear Medicine Technology Program prepares entry-level technologists through an interdisciplinary curriculum of basic science study and clinical education. In the freshman and sophomore year, students take math and science prerequisite courses for NMT and general education courses. In the junior year, students take the basic science of nuclear medicine courses (eleven courses totaling 27 credit hours). Students have clinical internships and nuclear medicine courses in the senior year.

Twelve to fifteen students are accepted into the program (as juniors) each year.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications to the program should be made before February 15 in the sophomore year. A minimum GPA of 2.0 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite science and mathematics courses is necessary for consideration for admission into the program. Every applicant who can feasibly complete the prerequisite courses prior to admission and has the minimum GPA is invited for an interview. Selection is based on prerequisite GPA and information gathered through the interview process. Decisions regarding acceptance are made prior to the end of the spring semester.

Acceptance Information

Number of applicants/year: 25+
Number of accepted majors/year: 12-15
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 24

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Facilities

The nuclear medicine technology program utilizes the following sites for clinical training experience:

Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates
Buffalo Medical Group
CRS Nuclear
Erie County Medical Center
Kaleida Health's Buffalo General Hospital, Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals
Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital
Merhige's Cardiology Clinic
Mount Saint Mary's Hospital
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
St. Joseph Hospital
Sisters of Charity Hospital
Suburban Cardiology
Strong Memorial Hospital/Rochester, NY
VA Western New York Healthcare System
Windsong Radiology, PC

The university's department of nuclear medicine operates a positron emission tomography (PET) center. PET, a unique aspect of nuclear medicine, is used for both research and diagnostic clinical studies. The PET center includes a large cyclotron facility for the production of PET radiopharmaceuticals located in Parker Hall, and two PET scanners: one at the VA, and one at a medical office in Amherst. Two cardiology offices in the greater Buffalo region with PET scanners are clinical training sites.

About Our Courses

Most NMT courses are reserved for majors. Students interested in learning more about the field of nuclear medicine are encouraged to take NMD 210 Introduction to NMT, which is offered in the fall semester.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the department of nuclear medicine and the NMT program come from diverse backgrounds. The faculty include physicists, chemists, pharmacists, radiopharmacists, physicians, computer scientists and technologists.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Internship

Students spend four days a week both semesters of the senior year in clinical rotations. Each student has two 10-week rotations in a hospital nuclear medicine department and a series of short rotations, which include but are not limited to, Radiopharmacy, Children's Hospital, several sites with Positron Emission Tomography, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and a cardiology office that performs nuclear cardiology. All clinical sites used by the program have state of the art equipment.

Extracurricular Activities

Complimentary Programs and Courses

Students that have time in their schedules are encouraged to minor in computer science, or chemistry; however, having a minor is not a requirement either for graduation or for employment after graduation. Business administration courses are also recommended.

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Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:50 EST