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Nuclear Medicine Technology (NUC)
This course offers basic lecture and lab introduction to Nuclear Medicine clinical procedures with emphasis on Nuclear Medicine imaging, principles of patient care, venipuncture and medical ethics.
Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours Lab fee: $56.00
NUC 1200 is an introduction to the fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine Technology through lecture and lab instruction. Topics included are math and physics review, radiopharmacy, radiation safety, imaging instrumentation and QC testing.
Lecture: 3 hours – Lab: 2 hours Lab fee: $56.00
This course presents an introduction to the basic concepts of the atom, nuclear physics, fundamentals of radioactivity and radioactive decay, radionuclides, interactions between radiation and matter, instrumentation and computer basics and statistics.
Lecture: 3 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: NUC 1200 Lab fee: $26.50
This lecture and lab course will present the principles of chemistry, radiochemistry and the basics of operating a hospital or commercialized nuclear pharmacy. Units of instruction include radionuclide generation, physical and biological characteristics of radiopharmaceutical generators, methods of sterilization, radiopharmaceutical preparation and calculations, radiopharmaceutical QC administration of diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals and FDA, USP, NRC and state regulations. All commonly used radiopharmaceuticals will be discussed including associated methods of localization.
Lecture: 3 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: NUC 1200, NUC 1149, CHEM 1113
Lab fee: $85.50
This lecture and lab course sequence demonstrates how a diagnostic and therapeutic study is completed from start to finish. Study reparations will be emphasized for all procedures including adult/pediatric considerations, scheduling of patients, choosing the proper radiopharmaceutical, basic patient pre-study preparations, providing patient care and maintaining communication. General study procedures will then be introduced through lecture and lab exercises by reviewing applicable anatomy/physiology, methods of radiopharmaceutical localization, selection of the proper camera or instrument, patient and camera positioning, utilization of proper imaging (planar and SPECT) techniques, image processing and display, image storage (PACS) and image critique. Procedures to be emphasized include the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems.
Lecture: 4 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisites: NUC 1200, NUC 1149, NUC 1234
Lab fee: $86.50
As a continuation of NUC 1213 Physics and Instrumentation I, this lecture and lab course will provide an in-depth study of the electronics, collimation and operations of single and multi-crystal cameras and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging devices. Emphasis will include fundamentals of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), computed tomography (CT), PET, and combination units: SPECT/CT, PET/CT, and PET/MR. Emphasis will also be placed on QC and QA, acceptance testing, documentation, and new developments for imaging devices.
Lecture: 3 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: NUC 1213 Lab fee: $10.75
This course will continue to affirm the fundamentals introduced in NUC 1251 Clinical Theory and Procedures I. The acquisition and processing procedures to be emphasized include central nervous, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and hematologic systems and infection and tumor imaging. Laboratory exercises will be utilized to support procedures that have been covered in lecture. Special emphasis will be placed on SPECT, SPECT/CT, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), PET/CT and Fusion Technologies that allow the superimposition of PET or SPECT with CT or MR Images. Therapeutic procedures will also be reviewed including therapies of the endocrine, hematological, intracavity and skeletal systems. An in-depth study of federal (NRS and FDA) and state regulations regarding therapy procedures will be reviewed.
Lecture: 3.5 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: NUC 1251 Lab fee: $86.50
This course is designed to present the theory and operation of CT technology. It will also include CT imaging quality management, an overview of pertinent sectional anatomy in a didactic format and supervised clinical education at multiple imaging facilities. The didactic portion of this course will be conducted through online and classroom instruction. An introduction to MR Imaging will also be conducted. Lecture: 0.5 hour - Directed Practice: 5 hours
Prerequisite: NUC 2960
In this first practicum, the student will rotate through clinical hospitals and private offices and, while accompanied by a registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist, will become familiar with the care and positioning of the patient and camera. Students will be required to complete a portion of the “Required and Elective Procedures” (Comps) list. A special form will be utilized to allow the student to list how a procedure or study was conducted. Technologist image critique and physician study interpretation are incorporated into the form to provide a correlation of all factors that comprise a finished nuclear medicine images(s) to include an analysis of the structure or organ that was imaged/counted, patient positioning, radiation protection and data positioning. A one-hour weekly seminar is included in this course.
Seminar: 1 hour - Practicum: 14 hours
Prerequisites: NUC 1234, NUC 1251 Lab fee: $123.00
As a continuation of Clinical Practicum I, Clinical Practicum and Seminar II provides the practical experience for the student to begin to work independently as a technologist. Students will also begin rotational shifts in commercial/hospital based radiopharmacies, radiation safety offices and specialty hospitals. Nuclear medicine imaging/counting procedures, instrumentation, radiopharmaceutical preparation under supervision, radiopharmaceutical injection/patient preparation, data and image processing and performing/critiquing QC procedures are emphasized. Image critique and physician study review are continued. Students will continue to complete a percentage of their “Required and Elective Procedures” (Comps) list. A one- hour weekly seminar is included in this course.
Seminar: 1 hour - Practicum: 21 hours
Prerequisites: NUC 2252, NUC 2960 Lab fee: $123.00
As a continuation of Clinical II, Clinical Practicum and Seminar III provide the practical experience for the student to work more independently as a technologist. Students will continue to rotate through commercial/ hospital based radiopharmacies, radiation safety offices and radiologist/ physician reading rooms. Students will be required to complete their “Required and Elective Procedures” (Comps) list, in which they will prove their competency to prepare radiopharmaceuticals, perform radiopharmaceutical injection/patient preparations, communicate to patients, conduct imaging/counting/therapeutic studies, perform data and image analysis and perform QC procedures with little supervision. Image critique and physician study review will continue. A one-hour weekly seminar is included in this course.
Seminar: 1 hour - Practicum: 28 hours
Prerequisite: NUC 2961 Lab fee: $123.00