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Research Medical Center
ER of Brookside

Careers at Research Medical Center

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty concerned with the use of very small amounts of radioactive substances for diagnostic, therapeutic and research purposes.  These radioactive substances localize in specific organs or tissues. Instruments called gamma cameras can then transform the emissions from the radioactive material into images which provide information about the structure and function of the organ being studied. These images provide information that can assist the physician in diagnosing diseases.  The patient experiences little or no discomfort and the radiation dose is small.

The nuclear medicine technologist (NMT) is a highly skilled individual who has a solid background in anatomy, physiology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, radiation safety, clinical nuclear instrumentation, and laboratory technique. Under the supervision of a physician, the NMT participates in the daily operation of the nuclear medicine department.

The responsibilities are varied and can include performing radiation safety and quality control procedures, preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals, operating nuclear medicine instruments, positioning patients for imaging procedures, processing of clinical computer data, collecting, preparing, and analyzing biologic specimens, and preparing data for the physician’s interpretation.

Program Description

  • 12-Month certificate program
  • Full time program, 40 hours/week
    Fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)
  • Hands-on clinical education
  • Housing available
  • Begins in September of each year
  • Small class size
  • Students completing the program are eligible to take the national board examination in Nuclear Medicine Technology

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Graducate Outcomes

Performance Outcomes 2011 – 2015

First time pass rate on NMTCB certification exam 100%
Average scores for RMC graduates on NMTCB certification exam 82.83%
NMTCB national average score 79.1%
Employment within 6 months of graduation* 92%

* full time, part time and PRN

Admission Requirements

  1. One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) with AS degree
    • Medical Technologist (ASCP)
    • Clinical Laboratory Scientist (NCA)
    • Registered Nurse
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Post-secondary courses required:
    • General Chemistry with lab
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (Human Anatomy & Physiology I&II preferred)
    • General/College Physics
    • College Algebra
    • English Composition
    • Oral Communications
    • Medical Terminology
    • Humanities Course
    • Social Science Course
  4. All courses must be from an accredited institution

Tuition and Fees

Application fee $20
Tuition (2017-18 term) for program $4250
Radiopharmacy fee $300
Books for program (approx.) $650
Uniforms (approx.) $350
Background check (paid directly by student) $60

Clinical Sites

  • Cardinal Health
  • Research Medical Center
  • Centerpoint Medical Center
  • Menorah Medical Center
  • Overland Park Regional Medical Center
  • The St. Luke’s Health System
  • Truman Medical Center

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application for the School of Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Official transcripts of college and professional education. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated (course by course) by an approved agency.
  • Two letters of reference submitted on forms provided.
  • Application fee

All application materials are due by February 15.