Generic. Survey of body systems with focus on pathophysiology related to cellular function, immune response, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems. Relevant diagnostics, pharmacological, and treatment modalities integrated throughout course. Prerequisites: Admission to nursing or nuclear medicine major. (This course is cross referenced in NURS)
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. Taken concurrently with NMED 4604. Clinical Prerequisites: Admission to the Major, NMED 4545, NMED 4510. (Summer, Fall)
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)
An introduction into the field of nuclear medicine and ethical issues in nuclear medicine. In this class, the student will develop computer skills useful to nuclear medicine technologists and develop beginning research skills using the internet, as well as observe diagnostic procedures in a patient care environment. Students will develop a beginning understanding of nuclear medicine procedures by attending a mandatory 40 hour clinical observation in a nuclear medicine clinical site as well as attend a Nuclear Medicine conference. No prerequisite. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
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. 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. Prerequisites: Admission to the Major. (Spring)
The interaction of matter with x-rays, x-ray production, film processing, and molecular imaging technologies are explored. Prerequisites: Admission to the Major. (Fall)
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:Admission to the Major. (Fall)
This course is a comprehensive study of the effects of radiation in the body, resulting from radiation interactions. Other areas of focus are genetics, radio sensitivity, radioactive tracers in biological research, and chemical/pharmacological modifiers. Prerequisites: Admission to the major with completion of biology, chemistry, physics, math, and computer requirements. Prerequisites: Admission to the Major (Spring)
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: normally taken in the last semester of the program.
The course is designed to give 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's, cardiac medications, laboratory values, certified in BCLS and knowledge of ACLS procedures, 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: Admission to the Major, NMED 2420. (Spring)
This course is a clinical and didactic course which offers an emphasis on the applications of PET and PET/CT imaging which include 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. In this course the student is required to complete an eight week 40 hour clinical rotation. Topics include: image acquisition, detector components and design, image fusion, radionuclide tracer production, tracer localization and their applications, patient preparation and case review. The primary focus of this course is to increase skill level and productivity in PET and PET/CT imaging. Prerequisites: Admission to the Major, NMED 2420, as well as immunization requirements and a criminal background check. (Spring)
A clinical course taken during the senior year. 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 4510, NMED 4545, as well as, immunization requirements and a criminal background check.
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.