Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3688
First Term: 2013 Spring   
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 107-123
CIP Code: 51.0905

Occupational Area: Health Science/Allied Health
Instructional Council: Allied Health (51)
GPA: 2.50
SOC Code: Not Found


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nuclear Medicine Technology program is designed to prepare students to function as competent members of the healthcare team in the role of nuclear medicine technologists. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, medical offices and ambulatory clinics. Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to apply for the certifying board examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology [ARRT (N)], the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and Arizona State Licensure. The curriculum is structured to provide appropriate didactic instruction, as well as ample supervised clinical exposure, to assure sufficient opportunity to achieve all didactic and clinical requirements.



Required Courses
+ NUC110 Radiation Safety for Nuclear Medicine 2
+ NUC112 Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine Lab 1
+ NUC114 Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine 3
+ NUC116 Nuclear Medicine Imaging I 3
+ NUC120 Radiopharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical Administration for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist 1.5
+ NUC122 Nuclear Medicine Imaging I Lab 1
+ NUC124AA Nuclear Medicine Theory I: Part A 1.5
+ NUC124AB Nuclear Medicine Theory I: Part B 1.5
+ NUC126 Nuclear Medicine Imaging II 3
+ NUC130 Patient Care for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist 1.5
+ NUC140 Clinical Pathology for Diagnostic Imaging 3
+ NUC150 Fundamentals of Computed Tomography 2
+ NUC170AA Nuclear Medicine Cardiac Imaging I 1.5
+ NUC170AB Nuclear Medicine Cardiac Imaging II 1.5
+ NUC212 Clinical Practicum I 2
+ NUC213 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation I 1
+ NUC222 Clinical Practicum II 3
+ NUC223 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation II 1
+ NUC232 Clinical Practicum III 3
+ NUC233 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation III 1
+ NUC234 Nuclear Medicine Theory II 2
+ NUC236 Nuclear Medicine Imaging III 3
+ NUC242 Clinical Practicum IV 3
+ NUC243 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation IV 1
+ NUC244 Nuclear Medicine Theory III 3
+ NUC252 Clinical Practicum V 3
+ NUC253 Nuclear Medicine Image Evaluation V 1
+ NUC262 Capstone Practicum 2
+ NUC270 Nuclear Medicine Scientific Method 1
+ NUC272 Cardiac Practicum 2
+ NUC280 Nuclear Medicine PET and PET/CT 3
+ NUC282 PET Practicum 2
+ NUC290 Nuclear Medicine Certification Preparation Seminar 3
Credits: 67

Program Competencies
1. Describe normal and abnormal variants of anatomy and pathology as they appear on nuclear medicine studies. (NUC114, NUC116, NUC122, NUC126, NUC140, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC222, NUC232, NUC270, NUC272, NUC282)
2. Describe the general anatomy and physiology of structures and organ systems examined during nuclear medicine procedures. (NUC116, NUC122, NUC126, NUC140, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC212, NUC213, NUC222, NUC223, NUC232, NUC233, NUC236, NUC242, NUC243, NUC252, NUC253, NUC262, NUC272, NUC280, NUC282)
3. Describe pathological conditions of structures and organ systems examined during nuclear medicine procedures. (NUC116, NUC122, NUC126, NUC140, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC212, NUC213, NUC222, NUC223, NUC233, NUC236, NUC242, NUC243, NUC252, NUC253, NUC262, NUC272, NUC280, NUC282, NUC290)
4. Explain the relationship between Computed Tomography (CT), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). (NUC150)
5. Apply knowledge of radiation physics and safety regulations to limit radiation exposure to the patient, general public, fellow workers, and self. (NUC110, NUC112, NUC114, NUC116, NUC122, NUC124AA, NUC124AB, NUC126, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC234, NUC236, NUC242, NUC244, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC280, NUC282, NUC290)
6. Explain fundamental principles of Positron Emission Tomography (P.E.T.) and Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (S.P.E.C.T.) imaging. (NUC110, NUC112, NUC116, NUC122, NUC126, NUC170AA, NUC213, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC270, NUC290)
7. Demonstrate aseptic techniques and patient care skills used in nuclear medicine procedures. (NUC110, NUC112, NUC120, NUC122, NUC126, NUC130, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC222, NUC232)
8. Describe principles of radiation to include terminology, types of radiation, production mechanisms, principles of radioactive decay, units of measurement, and interactions between radiation and matter. (NUC110, NUC114, NUC124AA, NUC124AB, NUC126, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC234,NUC280)
9. Independently evaluate medical imaging procedures to recommend technical modifications. (NUC110, NUC114, NUC126, NUC140, NUC170AA, NUC222, NUC234, NUC236, NUC244, NUC280)
10. Describe nuclear medicine therapeutic procedures to include patient preparation, personnel and laboratory preparation, administration of radiopharmaceutical, post-procedure care, special handling considerations, and radiation safety. (NUC110, NUC120, NUC130, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC282)
11. Describe medical applications and future trends in diagnostic imaging. (NUC110, NUC114, NUC124AA, NUC124AB, NUC234, NUC244, NUC270, NUC290)
12. Evaluate patient preparation and understanding of a procedure prior to commencing a procedure. (NUC112, NUC114, NUC116, NUC120, NUC122, NUC126, NUC130, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC236, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC280, NUC282, NUC290)
13. Describe ethical and professional standards of the nuclear medicine technologist. (NUC112, NUC114, NUC116, NUC120, NUC122, NUC130, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232)
14. Demonstrate proper use and care of equipment used when performing nuclear medicine procedures. (NUC112, NUC114, NUC116, NUC122, NUC126, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC212, NUC222)
15. Utilize radiation detection devices and other laboratory equipment that measure the quantity and distribution of radio nuclides deposited in the patient or a patient specimen. (NUC112, NUC114, NUC122, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC290)
16. Position patients for nuclear medicine studies. (NUC112, NUC114, NUC130, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC282)
17. Demonstrate effective computer and communication skills in health care settings. (NUC112, NUC114, NUC130, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC290)
18. Evaluate nuclear medicine images for process quality. (NUC112, NUC122, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC233, NUC242, NUC243, NUC252, NUC253, NUC262, NUC272, NUC282)
19. Perform quality control procedures as part of a quality assurance program. (NUC112, NUC122, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC282)
20. Operate computer systems as they apply to nuclear medicine procedures. (NUC112, NUC122, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC282)
21. Adhere to specific protocols for the preparation, storage, labeling, and disposal of radiopharmaceuticals. (NUC124AA, NUC124AB, NUC126, NUC170AA, NUC170AB, NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC234, NUC242, NUC244, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272, NUC280, NUC290)
22. Evaluate the patient`s medical history and physical signs as it relates to their illness and diagnostic procedures or therapy. (NUC130)
23. Describe the components of the x-ray tube, voltage and current in CT. (NUC150)
24. Discuss the function of each CT scanner component. (NUC150)
25. Describe computed tomography (CT) quality control. (NUC150)
26. Administer correctly prepared radiopharmaceuticals, and other agents used in conjunction with nuclear medicine procedures, to patients by intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous injections, aerosol and oral methods. (NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262)
27. Perform in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostic procedures. (NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262)
28. Perform venous access and specimen collection procedures. (NUC212, NUC222, NUC232, NUC242, NUC252, NUC262, NUC272)
Last Updated: October 23, 2012

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