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    Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

    The nuclear medicine technology program, in collaboration with Rhode Island College, offers a bachelor of science (BS) in medical imaging. The BS in medical imaging is a four-year program consisting of 2 and ½ years of general education and cognate courses taken at Rhode Island College followed by a 1 and ½ year clinical education program at Rhode Island Hospital.

    The nuclear medicine clinical education program offers an 18 month, full-time, day program with both classroom-based and hands-on clinical education in the art and science of nuclear medicine technology.

    Students who successfully complete the nuclear medicine technology program are awarded a certificate from the Rhode Island Hospital School of Diagnostic Imaging and are then eligible to sit for the national certification examinations offered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

    A Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Computed Tomography is also offered through Rhode Island College to address the advances in nuclear medicine technology and the development of new hybrid equipment (PET/CT and SPECT/CT). This program educates and prepares students in this new area of fusion imaging, which has the ability to demonstrate organ function and anatomy simultaneously. It is available to students after they complete the BS in Medical Imaging with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

    Ethics Requirements

    ARRT Ethics

    A candidate for certification must be a person of good moral character and must not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the ARRT Standards of Ethics or the ARRT Rules and Regulations and must have complied and agree to continue to comply with the ARRT Standards of Ethics and the ARRT Rules and Regulations. Please refer to arrt.org for further  details.

    NMTCB Ethics

    Nuclear Medicine Technologists, as Certificants of the health care profession, must strive as individuals and as a group to maintain the highest of ethical standards. The Principles (SNMTS Code of Ethics) are not laws, but standards of conduct to be used as ethical guidelines by nuclear medical technologists. These Principles were adopted by the Technologist Section and the Society of Nuclear Medicine at the 2004 Annual Meeting. They are standards of conduct to be used as a quick guide by nuclear medicine technologists. Please refer to nmtcb.org for details.

    General Information

    Didactic Instruction

    Classes are scheduled at the School of Diagnostic Imaging and Rhode Island Hospital.

    Clinical Education

    Clinical education during the nuclear medicine technology program is a competency-based education. The 18-month clinical education program is a sequential integration of didactic and practical learning through classroom presentations, discussions, demonstrations and supervised practice of standardized procedures.

    Clinical education takes place at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. A select number of students will attend clinic at The Miriam Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital are accredited by The Joint Commission.

    Graduation Requirements

    The student must meet the following requirements to be eligible to receive a school certificate:

    • All make-up time must be completed.

    • Student radiation badges, security ID and Coro parking badges must be turned into the school.

    • Complete all didactic courses and clinical requirements according to the established criteria. A student with incomplete records in either area shall not be granted a certificate and will not be authorized by the program director as meeting the educational requirements for certification.

    • Candidate has satisfactorily completed program with the minimum required grade in all didactic and clinical courses.

    • Candidate has met all financial obligations of the school.

    • Failure on the student’s part to fully complete the program prior to the graduation will require the student to remain after the graduation date.

    Program Policies and Procedures

    The School of Diagnostic Imaging and nuclear medicine technology program student handbooks are available on site upon request. Please contact the School of Diagnostic Imaging for an appointment.

    Student Services

    Counseling is held at mid-semester and end-semester for all students. Discussion includes tuition, tardy/absences, didactic performance, clinic performance and student and faculty issues. A signed copy of the counseling report will be placed in the students file. Tutoring is available on an as-needed basis to all students upon request. It is the student’s responsibility to request tutoring as well as complete any recommended follow-up. Tutoring is scheduled according to instructor availability and should not be scheduled during clinic time.

    Transfer Students

    The School of Diagnostic Imaging does not accept transfer credit for any previous medical imaging didactic or clinical courses.