The Pittsburgh area currently has 3 colleges which offer programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology including:
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at the Community College of Allegheny County also known as CCAC enables students to graduate with an Associate in Science degree in two years. Thought out the two years we are introduced to core Nuclear Medicine classes each semester beginning in the fall. Clinical rotations begin in our second semester ending in the summer with five days a week externship.
There is a variety of clinical rotation sites to choose from that can accommodate students. Students may choose to pick sites that are close to their homes or close to their jobs if they work their way through the program. There are 15 affiliated institutions that include Allegheny General Hospital, Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Forbes Regional, Heritage Valley Health Systems, Jefferson Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Ohio Valley General, Saint Clair Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Western Penn Hospital and a three of UPMC Hospitals such as McKeesport, North Hills Passavant and South Side.
During students' clinical rotations, each site evaluates their performance, and they are given the chance to evaluate themselves as well. Each facility offers a wide range of equipment to work with, and the technologists are all knowledgeable and friendly. Most of the sites give students the chance to observe PET facilities.
In a student's second year of the program, the spring semester gives him/her the opportunity to tour two pharmacies that help with the understanding of the production and the shipment and handling of the radiopharmaceuticals that are used on the job.
This is a well-rounded program that is in high standings, and it will leave students with the confidence and knowledge to make it as one of the best in the field as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Course Description »
Robert Morris University (RMU)
Robert Morris University (RMU) offers a Nuclear Medicine Technology program designed to better meet the needs of the growing field of fusion imaging. In conjunction with the recommendations of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, RMU incorporates positron emission tomography (PET), computerized tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) into their the didactic and clinical curriculum of Nuclear Medicine Technology. With additional clinical hours, students will be eligible to participate in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board for PET, CT and MRI. These additional certifications promote the educational preparedness for entry into the profession as a dual certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
To enhance the curriculum of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, RMU has created a Learning Lab for hands-on learning that provides learning by doing; thereby helping a student to acquire knowledge and skills outside of books and lectures. The Learning Lab is designed to simulate a Nuclear Medicine Department consisting of an imaging area with two gamma cameras, uptake probes, a radiopharmacy area with hoods, dose calibrators, and a computer area for image analysis and interpretation. Accomplished professors at RMU include plenty of hands-on learning experiences to ensure student understanding of new and unfamiliar concepts.
To execute the objectives of RMU of meeting the needs of students that will improve their career opportunities and meeting the needs of employers for advanced knowledge, the Nuclear Medicine Technology program is offering Studying Abroad opportunities. Studying abroad allows a student to distinguish themselves. Having a study abroad experience can make the student more marketable than their peers. In addition, studying abroad allows the student to exhibit the skills to place oneself out of their comfort level and succeed, to adapt to new situations and surroundings, and to live/work in a multicultural environment. One does not necessarily have to be physically in another country to utilize these valuable traits. Course Description »
Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU)
The Nuclear Medicine Program at Wheeling Jesuit University is set-up so that students may graduate in four years with a Bachelor of Science Degree. The first two years, students concentrate on core curriculum and various classes needed to prepare them for their concentration classes in nuclear medicine. During the junior year, students begin taking their concentrated classes and start their clinical rotation the second quarter of their spring semester. The clinical rotation continues through the summer and ends late in the fall semester of the student's senior year. The clinical rotation continues through the summer and ends late in the fall semester of the student has the opportunity to graduate in the winter, or he/she has the opportunity to stay at WJU for the spring semester and finish any core curriculum they may need.
WJU has a variety of sites for students to attend while on their clinical rotation. These sites include cities in Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, Baltimore, MD, Zanesville, OH, Canonsburg, PA, Washington, PA, and Clarksburg, WV. These sites include many different studies that are made available to the students, such as: general Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, PET/CT, Hospitals/Medical Centers, Research Procedures, and Pediatric Nuclear Medicine.
Upon completion of the program, students have a Bachelor of Science degree and are prepared to work in a Nuclear Medicine department in a hospital, outpatient facility, mobile unit, PET facilities, radiopharmacy sales, or supervise or teach nuclear medicine in a hospital, university program, or clinical facility. They'll also be prepared to take classes that would allow them to be eligible to enter many different graduate studies such as medical school, dental school, physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic school, or also advance to a master's degree.
WJU also offers a Nuclear Medicine Club for students to participate in. The mission of the club is to promote active participation in Nuclear Medicine and service oriented experiences on campus and within the Wheeling community. The club is also focused on interacting with alumni and introducing allied health career options to all students on campus via speakers, seminars, etc. Course Description »