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2420 Patient Care Technologies
Focuses on the development of clinical skills necessary for safe clinical practice.  Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, delegation, standard precautions and communication skills related to the patient’s medical condition.  Includes a clinical practicum. Prerequisite:  Admission to the major. (Summer)

3210 Health Assessment and Communication for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Focus on theory and skills of health assessment including health history and physical examination. Therapeutic communication skills includes age appropriate and culture considerations as well as communicating with specific groups of people such as emotionally or terminally ill. Select principles to be applied in simulated laboratory. Prerequisite:  Admission to the major. (Summer)

3305 Application of Radionuclides 
This course is an in-depth study of the current use of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging of organ visualization/function, evaluation of results, pathology and therapy for all major organ systems. Prerequisites: NMED 2420, 3210, 3310, 3320, 4322, 4510, 4545, 4331, 4341 (Summer)

3310 Pathophysiology for Nuclear Medicine Technologist
This is an introductory course examining disease process and pathophysiology of the systems for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist.  Emphasis is placed on common diseases of adults and disorders most relevant to nuclear medicine. The student will develop a basic understanding of the disease process, treatment modalities, and how these relate to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in nuclear medicine. Prerequisites BIOL 2321/2121 and 2322/2122 and CHEM 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. (Fall)

3320 Medical Radiation Safety
This course studies patient care and the regulations required by federal and state agencies. Safe handling, storage and disposal of radioactive materials, internal radiation dosimetry, and the use of radiation  monitoring instruments. Prerequisites: Admission to the major with completion of biology, chemistry, physics, math, and computer requirements. (Fall)

4310 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine
An introduction to the field of nuclear medicine. The student will develop computer skills useful to nuclear medicine technologists and develop beginning research skills using the Internet. Students will develop a beginning understanding of nuclear medicine procedures and discuss ethical issues in nuclear medicine. No prerequisite. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

4312 Molecular Imaging and the Physics of Medical Imaging 
Explored in this course are the interaction of matter with x-rays, x-ray and gamma ray production, film processing, and molecular imaging technologies as well as the basic principles underlying the imaging methods of x-ray, CT, SPECT, MRI and ultrasound. Prerequisites: Admission to the major with completion of biology, chemistry, physics, math, and computer requirements. (Fall)

4322 Radiopharmacy, Radiochemistry, and Radioimmunoassay
This course examines radionuclide production, mechanisms of radionuclide localization the use 
and preparation of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, quality control of radiopharmaceuticals, and governmental regulations. Prerequisites: NMED 3301 or concurrent enrollment. (Fall)

4331 Instrumentation
A didactic course designed to provide the student with the theoretical principles as well as the application of instrumentation and radiation detection equipment used for procedures in nuclear medicine and CT. This course will focus on the theory and lab application of the Quality Control procedures specific to each instrument, the lab application of imaging parameters, patient positioning and the views acquired during imaging. (Spring)

4341 Radiation Biology/Biophysics
This course is a comprehensive study of the effects of radiation in the body, resulting from radiation interactions. Other areas of focus are genetics, radiosensitivity, radioactive tracers in biological research, and chemical/pharmacological modifiers. Prerequisites: Admission to the major with completion of biology, chemistry, physics, math, and computer requirements. (Spring)

4361 Nuclear Medicine Registry Review
A didactic course taken during the final semester of the senior year to review core competencies, clinical procedures, pathology, radiation safety, instrumentation and radiopharmacy in preparation for the national registry/certification exams. Prerequisites: NMED 4604

4510 Nuclear Cardiology
The course is designed to teach the student the in depth understanding of Nuclear Cardiology. The student will understand the anatomy and physiology, stress protocols, MUGA and First Pass Studies, basic EKG interpretation, cardiac medications, laboratory values, correlation of noninvasive and invasive diagnostic procedures. The course will consist of didactic and clinical rotation associated with Nuclear Cardiology. The course will be held on and off campus. Prerequisites: NMED 2420, 3210, 3310, 3320, and 4322 (Spring).

4545 Principles of PET and PET/CT
This course offers an emphasis on the applications of PET and CT imaging which include cross-sectional anatomy, myocardial perfusion and viability, tumor localization, cancer staging, therapy planning, and response to therapy by  providing an in-depth investigation of the principles as well as benefits and limitations of Positron Emitting Tomography (PET) and PET/CT (Computed Tomography) imaging and image fusion. Topics include: cross sectional anatomy, image acquisition, detector components and design, image fusion, radionuclide tracer production, tracer localization and their applications, patient preparation and case review. Prerequisites: NMED 2420, 3210, 3310, 3320 4322 (Spring).

4604 Clinical Nuclear Medicine I
A clinical course taken during the senior year. This course is an introduction to the nuclear medicine department, its operation and the duties of a Nuclear Medicine technologist. During the clinical practicum the student will assist in performing various diagnostic procedures and computer utilization. Prerequisites: NMED 2420, 3210, 3310, 3305, 3320, 4310, 4331, 4545, 4510, 4311, 4322, and 4341 as well as immunization requirements and a criminal background check.

4606 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II
Continuation of the clinical practicum, taken during the final semester of the senior year. This practicum allows the students to enhance their training by performing (with supervision) advanced nuclear medicine procedures. This course also examines health physics by studying radiation exposure rate, radiation contamination, safe handling and storage techniques, and monitoring equipment as well as all aspects of a Nuclear Pharmacy, such as preparation and quality control testing of radiopharmaceuticals, performing assays, low level lab procedures, and operation of special equipment. Prerequisites: NMED 4604.