2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Nuclear Medicine Technology Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(College of Science and Health)

Nuclear Medicine Technology admission policy

The university sponsors up to 21 clinical interns each year. The size of the nuclear medicine technology program is limited by these internships. Students must make formal application to the program during the spring semester of either their sophomore or junior year (see adviser). Refer to the sample degree plan tab. A Nuclear Medicine Technology Professional Program Selection Committee composed of representatives from the university and the program’s clinical affiliates evaluates each application on the basis of the applicant’s past academic performance (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required for admission into the professional program), their references, their past work experience, and the results of a formal interview. Based on these factors, the applicants are ranked and accepted for entry into the professional program.

Nuclear Medicine Technology admission to internship and completion of degree policy

Those students admitted to the professional curriculum will be eligible for an internship upon successful completion of the on-campus course requirements and selection by a clinical affiliate. Acceptance into the professional program does not guarantee an internship at a hospital. The hospitals select students for internships. During the senior year, clinical internship students will register for (or be allowed to transfer in from Mayo's NMT program) a minimum of 34 semester credits in clinical courses and pay full tuition and fees. Upon successful completion of the internship and all other university requirements, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nuclear medicine technology.

Hospital educational programs of nuclear medicine technology are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRC-NMT). Graduates are eligible to take the examination for certification as a certified nuclear medicine technologist offered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or as a nuclear medicine technologist offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Nuclear medicine technology affiliated internship sites:
  • Mayo Clinic, School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN1
  • Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, WI
  • Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
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Nuclear Medicine Technology students who select to complete the required year-long clinical at the Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) enroll at MSHS rather than at UW-La Crosse. The courses taken during the year-long clinical at MSHS meet UW-La Crosse NMT program requirements. The student must request an official transcript to be sent to UW-La Crosse from MSHS. Upon successful completion of the clinical and all other graduation requirements, the students are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree from UW-La Crosse. The Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) grants a Certificate of Completion in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Curriculum

100 credits, including internship

Pre-professional requirements
BIO 105General Biology 14
BIO 312Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 313Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHM 103General Chemistry I 15
CHM 104General Chemistry II5
CHM 301Analytical Chemistry5
MTH 145Elementary Statistics 14
MTH 150College Algebra (or higher) 14
NMT 201Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Technology1
Select one of the following:4
Fundamental Physics I 1
Physics for the Life Sciences 1
Select one of the following:3
General Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology 1
Social Problems 1
Professional core requirements
BIO 333Radiation Biology3
CHM 250Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry3
or CHM 325 Fundamental Biochemistry
CHM 461Nuclear Chemistry4
HP 250Medical Terminology for Health Professions1
HP 310Pathophysiology3
NMT 314Cross-Sectional Anatomy2
NMT 395Immunology for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist1
NMT 398Research Writing in Nuclear Medicine Technology2
NMT 399Applied Research Writing in Nuclear Medicine Technology1
PHY 376Introduction to Nuclear Science3
Recommended electives
Genetics
Biology of Cancer
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Fundamental Biochemistry
Health Communication
Health Economics
Safety, First Aid and CPR
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Independent Study
Total Credits66
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This course can also fulfill general education requirements.

It is required that students have at least 10 hours of observation in a nuclear medicine department before they apply to the professional program. Students must have completed all courses taught at UW-L prior to their clinical internship experience. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or above. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is required for acceptance into the professional program, maintenance of accepted status, and for graduation with a major in nuclear medicine technology.

Clinical Internship Requirements (34 credits)

Each NMT intern will enroll in clinical courses for a minimum of 34 credits from the following selection

NMT 401Management and Methods of Patient Care I2
NMT 402Clinical Correlation: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology1-4
NMT 403Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology2-4
NMT 404Management and Methods of Patient Care II3
NMT 405Radiation Protection2-3
NMT 407Clinical Instrumentation and Techniques2-5
NMT 409Mathematical Evaluation of Clinical Data1-3
NMT 411Records and Administrative Procedures1-2
NMT 412Clinical Nuclear Practicum I3-9
NMT 413Clinical Nuclear Practicum II3-9
NMT 415Application of Radionuclides to Medicine1-3
NMT 416Nuclear Medicine Quality Control Practicum1-3
NMT 417Nuclear Radiation Physics and Instrumentation2-5
NMT 418Clinical Procedures Review I1-3
NMT 419Clinical Radiation Biology1-3
NMT 420Gamma Cameras1-2
NMT 421Therapeutic Radionuclides1
NMT 422Clinical Procedures Review II1-4
NMT 423Radiopharmacy1-3
NMT 427Application of Computers to Nuclear Medicine1-5
NMT 429Introduction to Computerized Tomography2
NMT 495Special Topics in Nuclear Medicine1-3
NMT 499Independent Study3

All of the above courses are not required but a minimum of 34 credits must be earned in the array required by the clinical internship site.

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for nuclear medicine technology majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
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Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Nuclear medicine technology sample plan

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)15BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
MTH 151 or CT 100 (or Language (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems))3-4PSY 100, SOC 110, or SOC 120 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3CHM 1045
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed-Arts2-3 
 16 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHM 3015CHM 2503
BIO 3124BIO 3134
MTH 145 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)4PHY 125 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
NMT 2011Gen Ed-Arts2-3
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 December: apply for admission to NMT Program 
 17 16
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
NMT 3142BIO 3333
PHY 3763CHM 4614
HP 3103NMT 3982
NMT 3951NMT 3991
HP 2501Gen Ed Global Studies3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3 
 13 13
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Clinical Internship17Clinical Internship17
 17 17
Total Credits: 124
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Requires completion of MTH 150 or math placement into MTH 151 or higher.

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