FAQ – Nuclear Medicine

Where Do I 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.

When Do I 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

Is there a waiting list to get into your programs?
Currently, we do not have a waiting list for our programs; however, our programs are competitive. We often receive two to three times the number of applicants over the number of open seats in each program.

How do I apply to one of the programs?
Please only apply for one program at a time. There is a $60.00 online application fee. The application fee can be waived by attending the University’s open house in January.

Do I Have to Complete the Prereqs Before Applying?
You do not have to complete all of the prereqs before applying to the program.

What is the process for applying to a program in the Radiation Technology Department?

  • Complete the online application, verifying that all questions are answered, and the application fee is included.
  • Be prepared to include in your application the names and email addresses of the people who you want to recommend you.  The recommendation forms will be sent to those people digitally and they will return to LLU digitally as well.
  • Submit an essay about your reasons for applying to the Radiation Technology program of your choice. The essay is to be included with your online application.
  • Arrange to have original transcripts from your high school and all colleges attended sent directly to: Admissions Processing, Loma Linda University  Loma Linda, CA 92350. Transcripts sent from you personally or hand delivered are not considered "official" transcripts.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prerequisites must include the following courses from a regionally accredited college or university:

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

HUMANITIES

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.

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

Choose two areas from the categories of Psychology, Sociology, Lifespan Development, Anthropology, Economics, Geography. Within the program, students will take AHCJ 493 Portfolio I (3) and AHCJ 494 Portfolio II (3) to fulfill the cultural diversity requirement.

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 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.

What Do I Need to Start the Program?
Applicants are required to complete a background check and possess a current Health Care Provider CPR card offered by the American Heart Association upon admission into the program.  To remain in the program students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, pass three program milestones, be able to perform the job requirements both physically and mentally, and adhere to the Program’s professional code of conduct.  Students at most clinical sites will need a drug test.

Is financial aid or student loans available?
Financial aid is available to students depending on credit history. Contact the financial aid department for more information and deadlines. Please note: FAFSA applications can begin in October. Students are encouraged to secure educational funding as part of their application process. Start the FASFA process as soon as possible at fafsa.ed.gov.

Can I work full-time or part-time while taking radiology coursework?
Most of our programs are comprehensive and intense professional programs. We do not recommend that you attempt to work full-time during these programs. It is possible to work weekends but on a flexible, part-time basis. Living expenses can be built into financial aid assistance as an option for meeting your living expenses.

What is LLU looking for in a student who applies to one of the Radiation Technology programs?

  • An individual knowledgeable about the field, either from reading or observing, who knows why she/he wants to enter the profession.
  • An enthusiastic, motivated individual who desires to maintain high standards for didactic and clinical performance.
  • Strong references from the applicant's prior work supervisors, instructors, or health care professionals knowledgeable about the applicant.
  • A person whose transcripts reflect academic excellence in science classes, as well as related courses.
  • A person who is motivated to take initiative, be a leader, and maintain high standards.
  • A person who is motivated and challenged by the University's motto: "To Make Man Whole".

What physical and mental abilities must I possess?
Entrance and completion of this program signifies that the candidate is prepared to practice in the profession. The candidate must be prepared to work in the standing position, do frequent walking, lift and transfer patients, communicate effectively, and perform with both hands. For more information on this, please consult the Program Handbook.

What must I do if I have studied outside of the United States?
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluation center from the list below.  Please contact our student services for more information. 

Do you offer weekend or night classes?
No, we do not. Our programs are a full-time, day program. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will also be assigned homework to complete. Some programs require some afternoon clinical shifts, but that varies from program to program. In addition, we have four online programs.

Am I required to provide transportation to school and to clinical sites?
Yes. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from school and clinical sites. Some sites are located as much as an hour away from the Loma Linda campus.

Do you have to be a Seventh-day Adventist to be accepted?
No. All applicants are considered for acceptance based on qualifications, not on religious beliefs.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at studyradsci@llu.edu or visit www.llu.edu/nucmed.