Why Choose Nuclear Medicine Technology?
Ferris has the only University-based program in Michigan. Ferris graduates demonstrate excellent pass rates on national exams. The program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. The program combines general education and specialized courses with clinical training.
The first six semesters are spent either on the Big Rapids or Grand Rapids campus. Course work includes human anatomy and physiology, radiation and nuclear physics, and nuclear medicine theory and methods. Students spend the final two semesters in a hospital setting with emphasis on the clinical application of theory.
Graduates of this program are well prepared to work in the field of nuclear medicine, and are eligible to take the national certifying examinations for registry in nuclear medicine technology.
In nuclear medicine, radionuclides (unstable atoms that emit radiation spontaneously) are
used to diagnose and treat disease. Nuclear medicine technologists administer these radiopharmaceuticals to patients, then monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which they localize. Abnormal areas show higher or lower concentrations of radioactivity than normal.
Nuclear medicine technologists operate gamma scintillation cameras that detect and map the radioactive material in the patient's body to create an image. Nuclear medicine technologists explain test procedures to patients. They prepare a dosage of the radiopharmaceutical and administer it by injection or other means. Technologists then produce the images for a physician to interpret. Technologists adhere to safety standards to keep radiation doses to workers and patients as low as reasonably achievable.
Employment in the field is expected to grow by 19% from 2010-2020. Almost 8 out of 10 jobs are in hospitals. The rest are in specialized settings including imaging centers, radiopharmacies, and manufacturers. The national median annual base salary of full-time nuclear medicine technologists was $68,560 in 2010.
Students must be admitted to the university. To be qualified to enter the professional sequence of the program high school students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, a math ACT subscore of 19 and a minimum grade of "B" in chemistry. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 with a minimum grade of "C" in MATH 110 and in chemistry with a laboratory.
To assure students of a quality technical education in classroom/lab and clinical practice, enrollment is limited. Students who meet or will have met the program's qualification criteria by the end of Fall semester are required to apply to the program's professional sequence between January 15 and January 30 of the year prior to the August professional sequence entry. Admission will be based upon date of qualification.
The eight-semester sequential course of study at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum of 2.0 GPA overall. Students must earn a "C" or better in major and core courses and meet all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.
Ferris provides you an internship in the last two semesters of the program, although due to limited space, specific clinical site locations cannot be guaranteed. If a student interrupts progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations in laboratory and clinical placement sites.
College of Allied Health Sciences
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Customer Service Department
15000 Central Ave., SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123-3917
The Society of Nuclear Medicine-Technologist Section
1850 Samuel Morse Drive
Reston, VA 22090
For information on certification:
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
2970 Clairmont Road
Suite 610, Atlanta, GA 30329
Information concerning the accreditation of the nuclear medicine technology program is available from:
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs
in Nuclear Medicine Technology
350 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2938