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Nuclear Medicine Technology, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum NUM.NUM.AAS (C217B)

Nuclear Medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat patients. The Nuclear Medicine technologist administers the radiopharmaceutical and images the area or organ of interest to detect the gamma radiation being emitted. The scanners used for imaging, whether a gamma camera or a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) detector are integrated with computers to provide detailed images showing function and anatomy. Some procedures are acquired simultaneously in conjunction with a Computerized Tomography (CT) study to create PET/CT and SPECT/CT images. Graduates of the program are employed as entry-level technologists in variety of settings from hospitals, clinics and medical imaging centers anywhere in the United States.

Triton's two-year associate’s degree Nuclear Medicine Technology program is the only one of its kind offered by an Illinois community college.

There are many applicants who successfully complete the Nuclear Medicine program, and continue their health career education by completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate program. This allows students to earn two modalities in healthcare careers.

Acceptance to the Nuclear Medicine Program is awarded every fall semester.

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, 820 W. Danforth Road, #B1, Edmond, OK, 73003; (405) 285-0546. website:

Graduates qualify for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine Registry examinations.

Program Prerequisites:

  • BIS 240◊ (Human Anatomy and Physiology I);
  • MAT 110◊ (College Algebra) or must meet current college Math requirement for completion of MAT 110◊;
  • PHY 100◊ (General Physics); and
  • Must read and write at college level; can be demonstrated by course equivalency, or by meeting all current Reading and Writing requirements for RHT 101◊ placement.

Completion of the Math and Science prerequisites must not be more than five years from the start of the Nuclear Medicine program.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

All test scores must be within the last two years.


At the successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology program, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate the correct use of radiation safety principles such as ALARA, (“as low as reasonable achievable”) while performing standard imaging protocols;
  • employ proper imaging techniques to produce images of optimal diagnostic quality;
  • evaluate quality control procedures of current instrumentation to comply with proper performance standards;
  • utilize effective oral communication skills in the clinical setting with patients, staff and visitors by taking patient histories and/or offering explanations of clinical procedures;
  • employ effective written communication skills necessary to practice efficiently in the field of nuclear medicine by properly documenting patient histories and correctly ordering of radiopharmaceuticals or scheduled studies;
  • assess correct protocols for various nuclear medicine imaging scenarios;
  • practice safe and appropriate patient care aligned with current professional standards;
  • explain the importance of professional development in the field of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging;
  • develop a plan to maintain their certification/licensure through continuing educational credit hours;
  • qualify for state licensure from Illinois Emergency Management Agency; and
  • pass national certification exam(s).

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 120Comprehensive Medical Terminology

3 credits

CHM 110Fundamentals of Chemistry #

4 credits

NUM 100Science of Nuclear Medicine #

3 credits

NUM 103Radiation Safety and Protection #

2 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

CHM 110◊ meets the Mathematics and/or Science general education requirement.

Semester Two

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 102Ethics and Law for Allied Health Professionals

1 credit

BIS 241Human Anatomy & Physiology II #

4 credits

NUM 140Instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine #

5 credits

NUM 155Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine #

2 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Three

Course NumberTitleCredits
NUM 160Nuclear Medicine Procedures I #

3 credits

NUM 161Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology I #

1 credit

NUM 181Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology II #

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:5

Semester Four

Course NumberTitleCredits
NUM 260Nuclear Medicine Procedures II #

4 credits

NUM 261Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology III #

2 credits

NUM 262Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy I #

2 credits

NUM 265Principles of PET for Nuclear Medicine #

2 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Semester Five

Course NumberTitleCredits
NUM 280Nuclear Medicine Procedures III #

4 credits

NUM 281Applied Nuclear Medicine Technology IV #

2 credits

NUM 282Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy II #

2 credits

NUM 285Principles of CT for Nuclear Medicine #

1 credit

General education/Humanities

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 60

See NUM course descriptions.

See Humanities and Social or Behavioral Sciences General Education requirements.

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