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Nuclear Medicine - Bachelors

Radiation Technology- Nuclear Medicine
Bachelor’s of Science in Nuclear Medicine

Announcing new the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine

Applications are now being accepted for a Fall start date for ARRT applicants. The deadline has been extended thru August 25th, 2017 for Fall Quarter start.

Looking for a fascinating career with high employment demand in the medical field?
Seeking a role where your contribution is significant to patient diagnosis?
How about the field in medical imaging called nuclear medicine?

Program Resources

About the Nuclear Medicine Profession

LLU Career Profile - Nuclear Medicine from Loma Linda U on Vimeo.

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) to access bodily functions and to diagnose and treat disease.

The skills of the nuclear medicine technologist complement those of the nuclear medicine physician and other allied health professionals.

The student technologist learns about patient care, radiation physics and safety, preparation and administration of radiopharmaceuticals, diagnostic imaging procedures, radiation detection equipment, computerized imaging cameras, and research procedures.

How to Begin

Review our website, brochures, and FAQs in detail to determine if you will pursue a Bachelor's in Nuclear Medicine. Many questions you may have can be answered from our online information.

Step 1:  Review the website at www.llu.edu/nucmed

Step 2: Contact Terri Mosley, program coordinator, to have your unofficial transcripts reviewed. Once your unofficial work-up is complete, you will meet with the advisor.

Step 3:  Plan to complete prerequisites prior to starting the program (ARRT or non-ARRT)

Step 4:  Apply by the deadline, based on the program selected (ARRT or non-ARRT)

Step 5:  Schedule 8 hours of career observation in a Nuclear Medicine department after your unofficial transcripts are reviewed, and before your interview is scheduled.

Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine

The Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine is a rigorous program.  Students should expect to give full-time attention to this demanding program.  Students in the past have needed to adjust their personal schedules to make this program a priority.  Students should also plan to drive to their clinical assignments, which are assigned to each student after the program begins.  Students are expected to be responsible, accountable, and dependable as well as behave and communicate with high professional standards. Attendance in all classes and clinical rotations is expected.  Students are also expected to be able to perform the essential job functions throughout the program and on into the profession.

When to Apply

The application window for BSNM NON-ARRT:  November 1 to April 15, for a summer start

The application window for the BSNM ARRT:  November 1 to August 25, for a fall start

Nuclear Medicine Program Statistics

Graduate Outcomes (PDF)

Term Dates

The BS in Nuclear Medicine Program follows the Loma Linda University Quarterly academic terms.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar since the actual dates change yearly.  Academic Calendar

Costs and Fees

Refer to SAHP Tuition Rates

The estimated cost of the program is updated yearly based on the University's tuition and fees, which are subject to change (usually summer quarter). Tuition rates above do not reflect books, uniforms and supplies, living and transportation costs. Additional fees apply.  A University quarterly fee is charged.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Skill: Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary for the practice of Nuclear Medicine.
  2. Compassion & Diversity: Practice safe, compassionate patient care, including appreciation and respect for cultural diversity.
  3. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills in nuclear medicine
  4. Knowledge: Maintain skills and knowledge by interacting with fellow professionals, attending educational conferences, and staying current with changing technology. Demonstrates knowledge of departmental organization and function.
  5. Quantitative Reasoning: Apply quantitative reasoning to the practice of nuclear medicine.
  6. Clinical: Obtain required clinical competencies including; patient care, procedures, showing how to competently utilize a variety of NM and CT equipment.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

  1. Critical Thinking: Accurately interprets (analyzes and evaluates) information; objectively justifies conclusions and assimilates content into honest and thorough presentation of findings.
  2. Information Literacy: Students demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, utilize, and share information.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning: Students demonstrate critical thinking through examination of ideas and evidence before formulating an opinion or conclusion.
  4. Communication: – Oral: Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  5. Communication: – Written: Demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Our Mission

The Nuclear Medicine program supports the mission of Loma Linda University “to make man whole,” by offering excellent educational experiences in a quality learning environment to facilitate the development of competent, compassionate health professionals. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to embrace opportunities for lifelong growth and satisfaction from a career committed to healthcare.

Our Vision

The Nuclear Medicine program supports an environment that enables learners to lead, to heal, to serve, to touch the world in a way that transforms lives.

Our Values

The Nuclear Medicine program will prepare our graduates to be employees of choice for premier organizations around the world, by providing them with practical learning experiences through partnerships with those open to sharing our vision.

Essential Job Functions of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

  • Interact with patients by verifying patient identification and written orders for the procedure. 
  • Deals with the nuclear instrumentation quality control by evaluating the performance of gamma cameras, PET, and PET/CT.
  • Performs imaging procedures by selecting the appropriate parameters for digital acquisition and determining the route of administration according to established protocol. 
  • Identification and labeling of all radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Administration of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Maintains compliance with local, state, or federal regulations in radiation safety.

Clinical Assignments

We have clinical sites located in:  San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.

Application Requirements

Applicants must complete all of the prerequisites prior to entrance to the BSNM program with a minimum GPA of 3.0, submit official college and high school transcripts, complete 24 hours career observation, provide three references, write an admissions essay and submit application fee. 

Not every applicant will receive an interview.

Program Requirements

Applicants are required to complete a background check and possess a current Health Care Provider CPR card offered by the American Heart Association. Students at some clinical sites may need a drug test.

Observation Hours

The program application requires 8 hours of career observation in a Nuclear Medicine Department (two different facilities preferred).

APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE

All applications are processed the same. Our applications practices are clearly stated below and are consistent for each applicant.

  1. The application window for non-ARRT is January 1 – March 15 for a summer start. The application window for ARRT is April 1 to June 30 for a fall start.
  2. All elements of the application are due by March 15 (non-ARRT) and June 30 (ARRT).  For example: online application, essay, application questions, photo, observation form, and application fee.
  3. All pre-requisites must be completed by the time the student starts the program. 
  4. Interviews are not granted to every applicant.
  5. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up on their online application in the application/admissions portal.
  6. Re-applicants and applicants are all treated the same.
  7. Preference is not given to any area of diversity. All applicants are treated the same.
  8. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment.
  9. The LLU Nuclear Medicine program does not have a waiting list, nor do we hold seats for anyone.

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must complete the following subjects at an accredited college or university prior to entering the program.

HUMANITIES

HUMANITIES (Minimum 28 quarter/14 semester units minimum) Choose a minimum of three areas from: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation/history. Included in this minimum must be 4 quarter units of religion per year of attendance at an SDA college/university. Eight units of religion are already included in the BSNM Program.

NATURAL SCIENCES
Intro/General to Chemistry with a lab - One year sequence
Intro or General Physics with a lab
Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs (complete sequence)
College Algebra
Medical Terminology

SOCIAL SCIENCES (12 quarter/8 semester units min. selected from at least two areas)
General/Intro to Psychology                   
General/Intro to Sociology                              
Lifespan Development   

COMMUNICATION (9 quarter/6 semester units min.)
Freshman Composition, complete sequence (required)
Oral Communication

HEALTH AND WELLNESS (3 quarter/2 semester units min.)
Physical Education (2 activities)
Health or Nutrition

ELECTIVES
(to meet minimum total of 96 quarter units)

Please Note: C- grades or below are not transferable for credit. If you repeat a class the latest grade is recognized.  Courses must be from an Accredited Institution.

Program Curriculum   

Program Accrediting Associations

Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, and the Radiologic Health Branch of the Department of Health Services. The Nuclear Medicine program is also accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).

Eligibility for ARRT and NMTCB Certification

Eligibility for the ARRT and NMTCB certification exams may be affected if the applicant has a prior felony or misdemeanor conviction. Prior to applying to this program the applicant should contact the ARRT at 651-687-0048 and the NMTCB at 404-315-1739 to determine if eligibility will be granted.

Contact Us

Department of Radiation Technology
Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall A829
Loma Linda CA 92350
1-909-558-4931-2-0

Terri Mosley, MA, Program Coordinator & Advisor
tmosley@llu.edu
909-583-1032
Ray Ho, Program Director
rjho@llu.edu
Ext 87417
  Margaret Frank, Clinical Coordinator
mfrank@llu.edu
Ext 87417

www.llu.edu/nucmed