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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Who are Nuclear Medicine Technologists? 

Nuclear Medicine Technologists are highly skilled health care professionals who use radioactive drugs called radiopharmaceuticals to help diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses. They treat patients of all age groups, from newborns to older adults.

What do Nuclear Medicine Technologists do?

Nuclear Medicine Technologists perform examinations that evaluate how the body functions. There are many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures Nuclear Medicine Technologists are responsible for performing; the most common organs evaluated/treated are:

  • Bones
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Thyroid
  • Brain
  • Parathyroids
  • Intestinal Tract
  • Lymphatics

How do I become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?

The School of Health Sciences offers a four year Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) degree program, which includes theory and practice. Students will take core professional development courses with a concentration on nuclear medicine specific skills.

Entrance requirements

To be considered for admission High School applicants require grade 12 academic English, Math, Physics and Chemistry with no mark below 70% in each of these courses and an overall minimum average of 75%. Post secondary applicants require a minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.30 scale), with no grade lower than C in prerequisite courses. Priority
consideration is given to permanent residents of the Maritime provinces, then to residents across Canada and then to all other applicants. Admission can be competitive and meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Examples of courses in the program

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Radio-pharmacy
  • Radiation Biology and Protection
  • Pediatric Imaging
  • Professional Practice
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods

Program outline

View the course descriptions for Nuclear Medicine Technology »


Clinical practicums

One of the benefits of studying in the School of Health Sciences is the opportunity to do hands-on clinical work. After years 1, 2, and 3, every student spends 8 weeks during May and June working full time in a health-care centre. Some choose to stay in Halifax to complete the practicums, while others travel to locations elsewhere in the Maritimes and, in some cases, across the country.

Job opportunities

Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologists are qualified to work anywhere in Canada and any country which accepts the CAMRT designation. Working hours and salaries vary from province to province.

Accreditation

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredits the program. For more information go to the CMA's list of Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs.

Certification

Graduates must write national registration exams and meet the clinical requirements set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) in order to work. Those who pass the exam may use the designation "Registered Technologist in Nuclear Medicine" (RTNM).

Professional associations

The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) is the national professional association for Nuclear Medicine Technologists. RTNMs employed in Nova Scotia must be registered with the Nova Scotia Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (NSAMRT), which is the provincial association.

For more information on Nuclear Medical Technology please visit CAMRT or NSAMRT.