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Biology Pre-Nuclear Medicine Technology Major

Experience extensive courses in nuclear medicine, a medical specialty that uses radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, for diagnosis, therapy, and medical research.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is also affiliated with the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn.

Career Options

Students who graduate from the biology pre-nuclear medicine technology program at Saint Mary's are prepared for a professional position as a nuclear medicine technologist. 

High School Preparation

High school coursework that will support a student in his or her pursuit of a degree from the Pre-Nuclear Medicine Technology program includes experience in biology, chemistry, and physiology and anatomy.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who graduate with a degree from Saint Mary's Pre-Nuclear Medicine Technology program oftentimes double major or minor in Chemistry or Physics with a Life Science emphasis.


Graduate 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 by clicking on the following link: 

Graduate Achievement Report

Accreditation and Selection Into the Program

Saint Mary’s has a fully accredited unified program in nuclear medicine technology in conjunction with NorthShore University HealthSystem, with clinical facilities at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill., Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Ill., and Highland Park Hospital in Highland Park, Ill.

This accreditation is granted by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, 2000 W. Danforth Rd., Ste 130 #203, Edmond, OK 73003.

A maximum of eight students each year are selected to enter this program. Applicants to Saint Mary’s nuclear medicine technology program are not selected based on GPA alone, but their cumulative and major grade point averages must be at least 2.500. 

Prior to a clinical year of interning, the student must complete three years of coursework (90 credits) at Saint Mary’s, including the general education requirements. Of these 90 credits, 30 credits must be upper-division credits. Acceptance to the clinical program at NorthShore University HealthSystem or Mayo is contingent upon the student’s academic achievement. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, the student receives a certificate in nuclear medicine technology and is eligible to take the certification exam of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART).

Students may also choose to fulfill all biology major degree requirements prior to entering the clinical training.