Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a one-year Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, for diagnosis, management, treatment, and medical research.
Throughout the program, you are trained in all aspects of a nuclear medicine technologist's responsibilities, including:
- Direct patient contact, including preparation for radioactive tracers
- Patient imaging procedures, including computer processing and image enhancement
- Radioactive chemical compound preparation and administration
- Radioactive therapy
- Performance of imaging equipment quality control procedures
- Radiation safety
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.
If you have a Bachelor of Science degree or are a senior at one of the following affiliated academic institutions, you can apply to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences:
- Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
- Minnesota State University (Mankato, Minnesota)
- St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, Minnesota)
- Saint Mary's University (Winona, Minnesota)
- University of Minnesota Rochester
- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Facilities and equipment
The nuclear medicine facility at Mayo Clinic is the largest in the region, performing more than 30,000 procedures annually. These procedures are performed throughout Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
As a nuclear medicine student, you will gain clinical experience using state-of-the-art equipment including:
- 2 D-SPECT scanners (cardiac)
- 7 PET/CT scanners (clinical and research)
- 4 SPECT only scanners
- 5 SPECT/CT scanners
- 2 Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) systems
- 1 PET/MR scanner
- 1 Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) scanner
- 22 scanners/systems total
In addition, you will observe in our cyclotron area, which consists of two cyclotrons.
You will also gain hands-on experience in a USP-797 compliant radiopharmacy (nuclear pharmacy).
Nuclear Medicine Virtual Career Tour
Attention high school and college educators and advisors:
As of 2019, a 28-minute Nuclear Medicine Technology Virtual Career Tour is available spotlighting the four main areas of a large nuclear medicine department, general nuclear medicine, the radiopharmacy, positron emission tomography, and nuclear cardiology. Gain access to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Virtual Career Tour through Mayo Clinic's Career Awareness website.
Simply download, complete, and submit the Educator Application near the bottom of the Career Awareness website and share the Virtual Career Tour with your students!
Graduation and certification
After successfully completing this program, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and, if applicable, a baccalaureate degree from your college or university.
Graduates are eligible to take the professional certification examinations given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
For the majority of the program, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. While the regular week is usually 40 hours, additional projects and homework are assigned.
No credit is given for previous work experience.
Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits eight to 10 students to its Nuclear Medicine Technology Program. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.