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Students performing nuclear medicine scan

Class size and location

Eight to 10 candidates are selected on a competitive basis each year for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Admission requirements

There are two enrollment pathway options for admission into this program. This application pathways infographic details the possible pathways.

Enrollment options and prerequisites

To be accepted into the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, you must meet one of these two sets of criteria:

Affiliated bachelor’s degree option

If you have a Bachelor of Science degree, or are near completion of the program requirements at one of the following affiliated academic institutions, you can apply to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences:

These affiliated academic institutions have agreed to accept our program as valid fourth-year completion of their bachelor's degree.

Certificate option

If you are not enrolled in one of our affiliated academic institutions, but have completed a bachelor's degree in science or a science-related major from an accredited college or university, you can still apply to this program.

You must receive your bachelor's degree prior to the start of this program, and have completed these required courses with a grade of C or better within the past eight years:

  • College algebra
  • Statistics
  • Written communications
  • General biology
  • General physics
  • General chemistry (two semesters, each with laboratory)
  • Human anatomy and physiology (two semesters, each with laboratory)

Auditing a course will not meet the above requirements.

Recommended elective courses include:

  • Additional upper-level chemistry coursework such as organic chemistry or biochemistry
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Radiation biology, epidemiology or immunology
  • Quantitative analysis or biostatistics
  • Medical terminology

Technical standards

View the program technical standards for the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Nuclear Medicine Technology Program.

Admission policies

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Acceptance factors

Applicants are not selected based on grades alone, but your college or university cumulative GPA should be at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. You are required to attend full time; no part-time option is available.

Application process

The application window is Nov. 1 - Dec. 31. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received when the application window closes.

Mandatory all-school orientation is scheduled in August and classes begin the first Tuesday after Labor Day.

Application windowProgram start dateApply
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Tuesday after Labor Day Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • Complete the essay questions and upload them to the Supplemental Items section. Your application essay should be between 300-500 words and is used by the Admissions Committee to evaluate your interest, understanding, and special qualifications in your chosen field of study.
  • Two recommendations are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a recommendation form. References may include current or former teachers, counselors, professors, employers, or supervisors. Friends or family are not accepted.
  • Unofficial post-secondary transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes. If accepted to the program, official transcripts must be emailed from the institution to nucmedadmissions@mayo.edu or mailed directly to:

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Attn: Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
Siebens 11-15
200 1st St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Interview process

Applicants considered for acceptance are invited to visit Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and program's admissions committee. An interview can be arranged only when your application file is complete.

During the interview, you will meet other candidates and receive materials about Mayo Clinic and Rochester, Minnesota. Current students provide a tour of Mayo Clinic's nuclear medicine facilities.

Acceptance

Acceptance emails are sent as late as mid-March. An email response is typically requested within five days.

All official post-secondary transcripts may be sent directly to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences from your school and must include an embossed seal. If, however, they are sent to you first, forward them in their original, unopened envelope to the below address:

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Siebens Building, 11th Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905