2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Nuclear Medicine Technology BS

Nuclear Medicine

105 Parker Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3007
716-838-5889, ext. 135
716-838-4918
www.medicine.buffalo.edu/education/undergraduate
Robert Miletich
Chair
Egon W. Fast
Program Director
(HEGIS: 12.00 HEALTH PROF UNCLASSIFD, CIP: 51.0905 Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist)

Why study Nuclear Medicine Technology BS at UB?

Nuclear medicine technology is a health-related profession concerned with use of radioactive materials for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research purposes. Nuclear medicine is one of the diagnostic imaging modalities. It is a highly technical profession with a lot of patient interaction. The nuclear medicine technologist works very closely with the nuclear medicine physician, radiologist or cardiologist. There is a demand for well-trained nuclear medicine technologists. Jobs are available in hospitals, outpatient imaging centers and offices and commercial equipment and radiopharmaceutical companies.

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program prepares students for entry-level positions as staff technologists. Each student receives a solid foundation in all routine nuclear medicine procedures. Graduates have a very high first time pass rate on the certification exams.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Explain the physics, radiation biology, radiation safety & regulations, instrumentation, drugs, quality control procedures, clinical studies (diagnostic and therapeutic), and patient care and management related to the field of nuclear medicine
  • Perform all routine diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures and quality control procedures in a timely fashion with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrate patient care and management skills
  • Discuss and demonstrate good oral communication skills, professional behavior, interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reasoning skills through a variety of activities such as journal article review, image artifact evaluation, class projects, case study analysis, problem analysis, etc.

The Learning Environment

Cohort size for each incoming nuclear medicine technology class is relatively small –10-12 students in each incoming class. The Junior year in the nuclear medicine technology program is mostly didactic. Instruction is delivered via lecture, recitation, and laboratory sections. The Senior year in the nuclear medicine technology program is mostly clinical in nature with a small didactic component. The Senior NMT student will spend four days a week in an active nuclear medicine clinic applying the didactic knowledge that was obtained during the Junior year. The Senior NMT student will also be on campus one day a week for didactic instruction that is delivered via lecture.

About Our Facilities

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program utilizes the following sites for clinical training experience:

  • Buffalo Medical Group
  • Cardiology Group of WNY
  • CRS Nuclear
  • Erie County Medical Center
  • Kaleida Health's Buffalo General Medical Center
  • Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Mount Saint Mary's Hospital
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital
  • Strong Memorial Hospital/Rochester, NY
  • VA Western New York Healthcare System
  • Windsong Radiology, PC

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Department of Nuclear Medicine and the NMT Program come from diverse backgrounds. The faculty includes physicists, chemists, pharmacists, radiopharmacists, physicians, computer scientists and technologists.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Medicine and Biomedical Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

There are employment opportunities in New York State and across the U.S. The majority of positions are in hospitals, physician's offices, and outpatient imaging centers. Many UB Program graduates have moved into supervisory positions relatively quickly. Nuclear medicine technologists can branch into health physics, medical physics, or work for commercial companies in sales, research, or education. Program graduates may also pursue graduate or professional degrees.

Academic Advising

Intended students in their first two years will work with the Biomedical Undergraduate office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year. Approved majors are advised by the program director within the department. 

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the University to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post graduate or professional goals.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Students interested in learning more about the field of Nuclear Medicine Technology should contact Mr. Egon W. Fast (716) 838-5889 ext 135. For course scheduling and academic advisement students should contact Kelli Hickey or Shannon Brown Undergraduate Academic Advisement office of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are currently no scholarships or financial support offered through the Department of Nuclear Medicine.

Published: September 20, 2017 02:36:55 PM