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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Get involved in a sought-after career where you’ll help prepare radioactive medicine and use specialized instrumentation to improve the health of others.

Cancer, cardiovascular disease or neurological disorders are just some of the diseases you’ll help diagnose and treat. With the help of our expert faculty, learn how you’ll get to assist nuclear physicians to use radioactive isotopes and special sensitive instrumentation. These images will then allow the Nuclear Physician to diagnose and treat the patient. Get highly-specialized training in procedures and equipment used to perform body function studies, imaging procedures, and laboratory tests.

The nuclear medicine technologist field has an “excellent” job outlook as well, based on the strong demand to keep up with patient care. You’ll be prepared to work in hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, research institutes and more. We give you hands-on training, guidance on working with patients and give you the technical expertise necessary to flourish in this exciting field that’s perfect for a detail-oriented, compassionate person who wants to help others.

Nuclear Medicine Technology student participates in clinicals.
Clinicals offer you a chance to get real-world experience working with medical instrumentation.

Clinical Experience

As a Nuclear Medicine Technology student, you will gain practical experience through the year-long clinical rotation. At York College, you will prepare for success in the clinical rotation through a series of high quality, personalized classes. Possible locations for clinicals include:
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Lancaster General Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital of York, Meritus Medical Center, Peninsula Regional Medical Center
  • Reading Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center
  • WellSpan York Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a Nuclear Medicine Technologist do?
    • Ease patient, obtain pertinent history, describe procedures and answer patient's questions
    • Administer radiopharmaceuticals and medications for patient imaging and therapeutic procedures
    • Monitor the patient's physical condition during the course of the procedure
    • Process data and enhance digital images using advanced computer technology
    • Provide images, data analysis and patient information for diagnostic interpretation or therapeutic procedures 
    • Evaluate images to determine the technical quality and calibration of instrumentation
    • Evaluate new protocols
  • What careers can I have in Nuclear Medicine Technology?
  • What is the difference between Radiography and Nuclear Medicine Technology?

    Radiography is the process of applying ionizing radiation to demonstrate portions of the human body (on an x-ray, fluoroscopic screen or other imaging systems) to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease and injury. 

    Nuclear Medicine Technologists use radioactive materials in specialized studies (such as PET scans) of body organs to assist physicians in diagnosis and treatment of disease. 

    Radiography Vs. Nuclear Medicine

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
Elizabeth Hodgson, Coordinator
Appell Life Sciences, Room 224
Phone: 717.815.1530
Contact for appt.

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