Nuclear Medicine Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with a specialization in Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT), offered in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, prepares you to use radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. You will gain practical clinical experience and develop skills to providing diagnostic, therapeutic and investigative applications in the field of medicine.
For a complete description of course and grade requirements, please review the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences program entry in the Undergraduate Catalog (see Curricular Requirements). Students must provide a copy of the hospital program acceptance letter to the advising office for specialization to be added for all areas. This will affect registration.
All students applying to the NMT program must complete a graduation audit with their SHS academic adviser while applying to this program.
Students may apply for specialization standing in Nuclear Medicine Technology after completing the CDS curriculum, generally at the end of the sophomore year. Application to the clinical internship is made during the junior year. The senior year consists of a 12-14 month affiliation at an approved school of nuclear medicine technology.
Oakland University is affiliated with the following accredited School of Nuclear Medicine Technology: Nuclear Medicine Institute, Findlay, OH. Acceptance into the internship program is competitive and based on grade point average, personal interview and letters of recommendation. Patient contact experience, volunteering with patients and advanced course work are also considered favorably in the admissions process. Desirable candidates possess qualities/abilities in communication, computer literacy, leadership, multitasking, problem solving, and critical thinking.
There is an immediate demand for qualified nuclear medicine technologists in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices and imaging clinics. Certifications include positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology (NCT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nuclear medicine technologists earned a median pay of $78,760 per year in 2021.
- like working with others and enjoy the technical aspects of advanced medical technology
- communicate well
- enjoy analytical and critical thinking skills
- are able to handle multiple tasks efficiently
- have a strong background or aptitude in science