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Biology Nuclear Medicine Technology

Major Overview

62 credits

Why biology nuclear medicine technology?
The Nuclear Medicine Technology program is a four-year course of instruction designed to provide a bachelor of arts degree with a major in Biology Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Saint Mary’s University has a fully accredited unified program in nuclear medicine technology in conjunction with NorthShore University HealthSystem with clinical facilities at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL, Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, IL, and Highland Park Hospital in Highland Park, IL. 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 yearly are selected to enter this program. Applicants to Saint Mary’s nuclear medicine technology program are not selected based on GPA alone, but SMU cumulative and SMU major grade point averages must be at least 2.500. Saint Mary’s University is also affiliated with the nuclear medicine technology programs at the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, IL.

Prior to a clinical year of internship, the student must complete three years of course work (90 credits) at Saint Mary’s University, 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, Mayo, or the Veterans Administration Hospital 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 (see section D of the "Degree Requirements" below).

Career Options
Cardiovascular technologists; clinical laboratory technologists; diagnostic medical sonographers; medicine technologists; radiologic technologists; science technicians

Program Outcomes
Students in Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Nuclear Medicine Technology program have been very successful. During the past five years (2009-2014), the graduation rate for students completing the internship at NorthShore University HealthSystem has been 100%. Additionally, 100% of these students passed the national certification exam administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), and of these, 36% passed with Distinction or Highest Distinction.

High School Preparation
Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; Physics

Sample Schedule (Paradigm) and Course Descriptions

Jeanne Minnerath
Jeanne Minnerath, Ph.D.
Associate Dean - Mathematics and Sciences, Biology - Associate Professor, Biology - Director of Allied Health Program

(507) 457-1770

For more information contact:
Biology Chair Director of Allied Health
Randy Krainock , DVM, Ph.D.
Biology - Assistant Professor
Hoffman Hall, HO122
Campus Box: # 10
(507) 457-1544

Jeanne Minnerath, Ph.D.
Associate Dean - Mathematics and Sciences, Biology - Associate Professor, Biology - Director of Allied Health Program
Hoffman Hall, HO113A
Campus Box: # 10
(507) 457-1770