Our program offers an entry-level Bachelor of Sciences pathway to become a Nuclear Medicine technologist. A Bachelor of Sciences in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS), concentration Medical Imaging is offered for those medical imaging technologists who are currently certified in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography or Magnetic Resonance Imaging and wish to complete a degree completion program. Also offered are pathways to certification in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Nuclear Medicine technologists operate equipment that creates images of areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nuclear-medicine-technologists.htm#tab-2
Supported through the Department of Radiology. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine and working in conjunction with University of New Mexico Hospital provides students a degree completion program that prepares graduates for a career of their choice in Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) and the BSRS .Each program involves academic course work, certificates include intensive clinical training at various medical facilities throughout the state. When not in the classroom, each student works under the supervision of clinical staff on a wide array of equipment and learns how to perform the various procedures associated with each type of examination.
Students completing CT, MRI or Nuclear Medicine program requirements are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination. Nuclear Medicine students are also eligible to take the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) examination.
Students applying to the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) program should be either enrolled in the programs listed above or have completed an entry level Medical Imaging Program such as x-ray, ultrasound, or radiation therapy. Students are required to transfer prior college credits to the University of New Mexico before admission to the BSRS program.
For more information on our programs, please email or call the program coordinator at 505-272-5254.
The BSRS program is accredited along with UNM through the Higher learning Commision,
https://www.hlcommission.org/component/directory/?Action=ShowBasic&Itemid=&instid=1511&lang=enhe The Nuclear Medicine program is also accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology http://jrcnmt.org/find-a-program/?state=NM
Students choosing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree path must first complete the first two years of course work listed in the degree plan. In the spring semester of the second year, application is made to the Radiologic Sciences department for acceptance into the Bachelor of Science degree program. Please seek program advisement by contacting the Radiologic Sciences department.
Individuals who have completed a certified Nuclear Medicine Imaging program may also apply for admission to complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Sciences degree. Applicants must complete a departmental application, an application to the University of New Mexico, be accepted and submit copies of all transcripts to the Radiologic Sciences department. Please seek program advisement by contacting the Radiologic Sciences department.
With a BSRS degree in Medical Imaging from UNM, students are ready to: