Steps to Becoming a Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Become a Nuclear Medicine Technician / Technologist
Nuclear Medicine Tech Resources
A career in nuclear medicine technology, like any degree program, takes advanced planning. Here is a list of steps and some resources to get you started.
Take advanced math and science classes in high school. Also take computer science, psychology, and, if you get the chance, health exploration classes.
Look into job sharing and career observation opportunities. These may be arranged through your school vocational education department or through organizations like AHEC or Learning for Life. Hospitals like the Mayo Clinic also coordinate programs.
Prepare to do well on the ACT or SAT.
Find a quality degree program offered at the associate level or higher. Make sure any program you are considering has been accredited by the Joint Review Committee in Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine or by a regional accrediting body accepted by the U.S. This will allow you to pursue certification upon graduation.
Alternately you can pursue a degree in a related field like sonography and do a one year program later to specialize in nuclear technology.
Complete prerequisites and other requirements for program entry. Prerequisites vary according to the length of program and other factors, but may include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and pre-calculus.
You may begin the process of applying for certification several months before graduation.
Utilize all your resources to find your first job. The Society of Nuclear Medicine has an online job board. You may also rely on contacts you’ve made through your work experience or professional memberships.
Personality Traits: According to the Mayo Clinic, nuclear medicine technologists should have good communication skills, a caring attitude, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. Bellevue College notes that they should enjoy the technical side of advanced medicine.