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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Performance outcomes 2012 – 2016

Description Percentage
First time pass rate (NMTCB and ARRT) 100%
Average score for RMC graduates on NMTCB certification exam 82.56%
NMTCB national average score 77.9%
Employment within 6 months of graduation* 91.7%

* full time, part time and PRN

Program outcomes

Graduate achievement data is an indicator of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals.

The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available on the JRCNMT website in the Graduate Achievement Report.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must satisfy one of the following minimal requirements:

  • Certified Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) with a minimum of an Associate degree
  • Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist MLS (ASCP)
  • Bachelor of Science degree, science background preferred

The following post-secondary courses are required for admission:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with lab or equivalent
  • General/College Physics
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • College Algebra
  • English Composition
  • Oral Communications
  • Medical Terminology
  • Humanities Course
  • Social Science Course

The following post-secondary courses are recommended.

  • Computer Science
  • Statistics

A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required from post-secondary education.

A physical exam must be successfully completed within one month prior to the beginning of school. A drug screen is included in the physical and drug free results are required for admission.

A background check is required of all students prior to starting classes.

Recommendations for applicants

Applicants are expected to visit a nuclear medicine department to observe studies and talk with technologists to learn what is expected of persons working in the nuclear medicine profession. This job shadow experience is to be documented on the application. Experience in patient care is recommended.

Application process

Applicants must submit:

  • An application fee of $40 and the completed application
  • Personal statement / Essay addressing: “Why do you want to be a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and why at this program?”
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary, college and professional education sent directly from the school.

    Attn: Jennifer Miles, Program Director
    Research Medical Center, School of Nuclear Medicine Technology
    2316 E. Meyer Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    Official transcripts can be emailed from the School directly to

  • Two professional references are required (academic or work related) submitted on forms provided.
  • A copy of current certification in Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Scientist or other as applicable.
  • Current resume

All application materials are due by February 15. Late applications will be considered on a space available basis


You are responsible for contacting and obtaining your references. Academic or work related references are preferred. Reference forms should be mailed directly to the program office by the person completing your reference.

Attn: Jennifer Miles, Program Director
Research Medical Center, School of Nuclear Medicine Technology
2316 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64132

Tuition and fees

Application fee $40
Tuition (2019-20 term) for program $4280
Radiopharmacy fee $300
Books for program (approx.) $650
Uniforms (approx.) $350
Background check (paid directly by student) $60

Clinical sites

  • Cardinal Health
  • Centerpoint Medical Center
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Menorah Medical Center
  • Research Medical Center
  • The St. Luke’s Health System
  • Truman Medical Center