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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine is an exciting field that involves the diagnosis, treatment, and study of human disease through the use of radioactive pharmaceuticals.

Elmhurst University has affiliations with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the College of DuPage, where students can apply to spend three years completing coursework at Elmhurst University and their final phase of courses and clinical experience in a hospital setting.

Nuclear medicine technologists work with physicians and patients to create high-quality diagnostic images. Here are just some of the things you’ll do as an NMT:

  • Prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive chemical compounds)
  • Perform patient imaging procedures using sophisticated radiation-detecting instrumentation
  • Perform computer processing and image enhancement functions
  • Provide image, data analysis and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation
  • Prepare patients for radioactive tracers and radioactive therapy
  • Apply knowledge of radiation physics and safety regulations
  • Use quality control techniques as part of the quality assurance program

Students applying for the affiliations must major in health science technology. Students applying after graduation can major in anything they like as long as they complete the prerequisite courses for the program or track.

If accepted, students will complete three years of college courses on site at Elmhurst University, and then spend the final phase of clinical/academic education on-site at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (13 months) or through hospitals connected with the College of DuPage (15 months). Upon successful completion of the NMT courses and training, students will receive a certificate of program completion as a nuclear medical technologist and be eligible to take required national certifying examinations in addition to earning a bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst.

Transfer students are eligible to apply for the NMH affiliation (not the COD affiliation). Their timeline may vary from the traditional one. Transfer students are required to attend Elmhurst full-time for 1.5 years (3 fall/spring semesters) prior to beginning at NMH or COD if accepted by them. Most transfer students will attend Elmhurst for 2 years full-time prior to beginning at NMH or COD if accepted.

Students accepted to this track pay Elmhurst tuition and fees for courses at Elmhurst and Northwestern Memorial Hospital or College of DuPage. Additional fees may be required by the hospital as well. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is located at 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 950 in Chicago, IL 60611. For the College of DuPage program, students may incur additional fees or costs by that school, including if they are out of district. The College of DuPage is located at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

Required Courses

Additional courses in the humanities, social sciences, and oral and written communication are required. The COD track specifically requires MTH 121 College Algebra; taking an advanced math course will not replace the MTH 121 requirement. The COD track also requires two years of direct patient contact or completion of a clinical health science course. Advisors can provide a list of possible course options and recommendations as well as additional information on GPA and prerequisite grade requirements for both tracks.

You will meet with the health professions advisor to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, giving expert guidance.

When you successfully complete your academic and clinical courses, you’ll be eligible to take required national certifying examinations administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

You can start by checking the website of Northwestern’s School of Nuclear Medicine Technology or the College of DuPage’s site. In addition to information about the Elmhurst University affiliations, you will find links to additional resources. For more help, contact Elmhurst’s health professions advising team.

Any student interested in applying is responsible for learning about all the requirements for the program. Admission to Elmhurst University does not guarantee acceptance to any affiliation program or track.

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