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Positron Emission Tomography Program (Minnesota)


Three PET scan images side by side.

Program description

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., offers a 20-week program in positron emission tomography (PET). PET is a specialty modality of nuclear medicine that is used for diagnosis, staging, restaging and evaluation of treatment response in patients with malignant disease and metastasis. It is also used for cardiovascular and neurological evaluation.

Program goals

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Positron Emission Tomography Program is a competency-based program that focuses on specialized training in PET.

During the program, learners can expect to:

  • Complete and demonstrate clinical competence in all PET cardiology, neurology and oncology procedures that are performed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  • Demonstrate understanding of PET instrumentation through accurate completion, reconstruction and evaluation of quality control and patient imaging procedures in the PET imaging area at Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  • Compare and contrast PET and CT instrumentation, identifying how their data corrections and reconstructions impact image quality
  • Discuss innovative theories and techniques within the PET field and observe innovative techniques and theories being explored at Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  • Collaborate with PET professionals to provide patient-centered care in the PET imaging area at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in an ethical and professional manner


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The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Positron Emission Tomography Program, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and be eligible to sit for the PET specialty certification examination from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). To review the requirements for the PET specialty exam, visit the NMTCB website.


For the majority of the program, the learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. While the regular week is usually 40 hours, additional projects and homework are assigned. All didactic content is delivered in a blended learning environment with assigned online preparation material followed by application-based learning experiences in the classroom.

Class size

Three positions are available in the Positron Emission Tomography Program each year. The positions can be filled by three graduating Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences nuclear medicine technology students or two graduating nuclear medicine technology students and a current staff technologist. This ensures you receive one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

A graduating Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences nuclear medicine technology student is a student who is graduating from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program in the same year that he or she would begin the Positron Emission Tomography Program.