About the Nuclear Medicine Profession
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 and diagnostic imaging procedures. Additionally, students learn about radiation detection equipment, computerized imaging cameras, and research procedures.
How to Begin
Step 1: Review the website at www.llu.edu/nucmed, as well as the documents below:
Step 2: Attend a free online information session.
Step 3: 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 4: Plan to complete prerequisites prior to starting the program (ARRT or non-ARRT). Apply by the deadline, based on the program selected (ARRT or non-ARRT).
Step 5: Schedule eight (8) hours of career observation in a Nuclear Medicine department after your unofficial transcripts are reviewed, and before your interview is scheduled.
About the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Program at LLU
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.
The Nuclear Medicine program supports the mission of Loma Linda University, “to make man whole.” We do this 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 health care.
The Nuclear Medicine program supports an environment that enables learners to lead, heal, serve, and transform lives.
The Nuclear Medicine program will prepare our graduates to be employees of choice for premier organizations around the world. We do this by providing them with practical learning experiences through partnerships with those open to sharing our vision.
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 15, for a fall start
Nuclear Medicine Program Statistics
Graduate Outcomes Report
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
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
Program Learning Outcomes
- Skill: Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary for the practice of Nuclear Medicine.
- Compassion & Diversity: Practice safe, compassionate patient care, including appreciation and respect for cultural diversity.
- Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills in nuclear medicine
- 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.
- Quantitative Reasoning: Apply quantitative reasoning to the practice of nuclear medicine.
- Clinical: Obtain required clinical competencies including; patient care, procedures, showing how to competently utilize a variety of NM and CT equipment.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
- Critical Thinking: Accurately interprets (analyzes and evaluates) information. Objectively justifies conclusions and assimilates content into honest and thorough presentation of findings.
- Information Literacy: Students demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, utilize, and share information.
- Quantitative Reasoning: Students demonstrate critical thinking through examination of ideas and evidence before formulating an opinion or conclusion.
- Communication: – Oral: Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
- Communication: – Written: Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
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.
We have clinical sites located in: San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.
Prior to entering the program, applicants must complete all prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 3.0. They must submit official college and high school transcripts, complete eight hours career observation and provide three references. Additionally, we require them to write an admissions essay and submit the application fee.
Not every applicant will receive an interview.
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.
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.
- Apply by the deadline, based on whether you are a non-ARRT or ARRT applicant.
- All pre-requisites must be completed by the time the student starts the program.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up on their online application in the application/admissions portal.
- Re-applicants and applicants are all treated the same.
- Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment. Interviews are not granted to every applicant.
- The LLU Nuclear Medicine program does not have a waiting list, nor do we hold seats for anyone.
Applicants must complete the following subjects at an accredited college or university prior to entering the program.
HUMANITIES (Minimum 20 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.
Intro/General to Chemistry with a lab (one class)
Intro or General Physics with a lab
Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs (2complete classes)
College Algebra (Statistics does not qualify)
A minimum of 12 quarter units to include:
General psychology (4 quarter/3 semester units) required
Introduction to Sociology
Anthropology requirement is fulfilled in the Bachelor's program when students take Portfolio I & II
COMMUNICATION (9 quarter/6 semester units min.)
Freshman Composition, complete sequence (required)
HEALTH AND WELLNESS (3 quarter/2 semester units min.)
Physical Education (2 activities)
Health or Nutrition
(to meet minimum total of 80 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 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 technology program at Loma Linda University is also accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 820 W. Danforth Rd, #B1 / Edmond, OK 73003; phone 405-285-0546; email firstname.lastname@example.org; www.jrcnmt.org.
This program is currently on probation, but it is accredited. For more information go to JRCNMT online directory of accredited programs and read the accreditation letter linked to the program’s directory listing (https://www.jrcnmt.org/find-a-program/).
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.
Department of Radiation Technology
Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall A829
Loma Linda CA 92350
|Ray Ho, MBA, R.T.(N)(ARRT), CNMT
Program Director & Clinical Coordinator
909-558-4931, Ext 87417
||Terri Mosley, MA
Program Coordinator & Advisor