Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) is one of the diagnostic imaging modalities. It is not x-ray, CT imaging, 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 students are accepted into the program (as juniors) each year.
Acceptance Criteria Applications to the program should be made by February 1 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 the Fall term for which they seek admissions 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 towards the end of February. Note: If a student has
more than one course to complete in the summer - they are not considered eligible.
Acceptance Information Number of applicants/year: 20+ Number of accepted majors/year: 12 Total number of majors currently enrolled: 22
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program utilizes the following sites for clinical training experience:
Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates
Buffalo Medical Group
Erie County Medical Center
Kaleida Health's Buffalo General Medical Center
Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Mount Saint Mary's Hospital
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
St. Joseph Hospital
Sisters of Charity Hospital
Strong Memorial Hospital/Rochester, NY
VA Western New York Healthcare System
Windsong Radiology, PC
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.
The faculty of the Department of Nuclear Medicine and the NMT Program come from diverse backgrounds. The faculty includes physicists, chemists, pharmacists, radiopharmacists, physicians, computer scientists and technologists.
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
Students that have time in their schedules are encouraged to minor in Management, 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.