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Nuclear Medicine Technology Program (Minnesota)

Curriculum

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program schedules classroom instruction primarily in the fall, followed by hands-on clinical rotations. However, part-time clinical observations begin the first week of the program. A building block approach is used for all instruction. Lectures and workshops start with a review of college coursework and build on those concepts as they apply to nuclear medicine. Academic coursework is coordinated with clinical experiences to optimize student learning. You gain supervised clinical experience using state-of-the-art equipment, including specialized computers, gamma cameras with advanced single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) and SPECT-CT capabilities, solid-state detector gamma cameras, and positron emission tomography and computerized tomography (PET-CT).

A building block approach is used for all instruction. Lectures and workshops start with a review of college coursework and build on those concepts as they apply to nuclear medicine. Academic coursework is coordinated with clinical experiences to optimize student learning.

Rotations

Clinical rotations in each area of imaging and nuclear pharmacy are one to two weeks in length. As your knowledge and skills in nuclear medicine increase, supervision is reduced, allowing you to function more independently on routine procedures.

The volume and variety of exams performed at Mayo Clinic results in exposure to a wide range of clinical experiences. The clinical experiences offered through this program successfully prepare students to competently practice in their profession.

Elective rotations

Students who are in good standing academically and clinically may be offered a four-week elective rotation to Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona or Florida. This rotation provides an intensive clinical experience across a broader range of practice environments. These rotations take place between March and July. Mayo Clinic funds the authorized additional costs for those selected.

You may elect to participate in a two-week rotation at one of our other regional clinical affiliate sites during the spring and summer, including:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Clinical requirements

In order to meet the clinical requirements for graduation, students must:

  • Demonstrate satisfactory performance of clinical objectives for all clinical practicum rotations
  • Complete all clinical competencies identified in the clinical manual

Didactic requirements

In order to meet the didactic requirements for graduation, students must complete all:

  • Courses listed in the program curriculum with a grade of C or better
  • Graduation requirements of the baccalaureate-granting university or have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to beginning the program

Course sequence

The curriculum for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is taught on a semester-based schedule to match the academic structure of our program affiliates.

Fall semester I

CourseCredits
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology 2
Clinical Nuclear Practicum I 6
Nuclear Radiation Physics and Instrumentation 5
Radiopharmacy and Pharmacology 4

Spring semester II

CourseCredits
Total 34
Management and Methods of Patient Care 1
Radiation Protection 4
Clinical Nuclear Practicum II 8
Multi-Modality Imaging 4

Grading or evaluation

The NMT program primarily uses these evaluative tools:

  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Electronic formative and summative assessments
  • Individual and team-based assignments/projects
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Faculty reviews

The NMT program's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including touring programs, and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are routinely assessed and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.