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Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate Courses for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Major

Course numbers and course descriptions correspond to and are taught at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, and are only available to students in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.

HSC 100 Medical Terminology HSC 100 - 1 credit

An introductory course of medical terms designed to develop a familiarity and confidence in utilizing medical terminology.  Through self-directed learning, the student develops the ability to spell correctly and use and pronounce medical terms. Prerequisite: None

HSC 101 Methods of Patient Care  I – 1 credit

This course is designed to instruct students in the basics of patient care. Topics to be covered include communication, patient moving and transportation, infection control, venipuncture, vital signs, medications, support systems and emergency care.
Prerequisite: None; however, students must be enrolled in a clinical program

HSC 195 - 1 credit

In this course the student studies gross anatomical structures viewed in sagittal, axial and coronal planes utilizing CAT scan, MRI and line drawing images. The basic structures and functions of major organ systems are described along with common pathologies of each organ system. Prerequisite: BIO 218 Human Anatomy & Physiology II or equivalent

NMT 201 Nuclear Medicine Theory I- 4 credits

This is an introductory course in the fundamental concepts of nuclear medicine. This course is a study of the basic sciences that apply to nuclear medicine. Topics include nuclear physics, mathematics, instrumentation, radiation biology and nuclear medicine procedures. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nuclear Medicine Technology program

NMT 202 Nuclear Medicine Theory II- 6 credits

This course is designed to build on the knowledge gained in NMT 201. Topics covered in this course include radiation safety, radiopharmacy and more advanced nuclear medicine procedures. Prerequisite: NMT 201

NMT 203 Nuclear Medicine Theory III - 2 credits

This course discusses innovations and advances in nuclear medicine. This course provides a comprehensive review of topics covered throughout the year in order to prepare the students for the national registry examination. Prerequisite: NMT 202

NMT 211 Nuclear Medicine Clinical I - 5 credits

This course is designed to introduce the beginner student to the profession of nuclear medicine technology. Practicum takes place at the clinical affiliates. Students learn by observing and assisting a nuclear medicine technologist in the performance of nuclear medicine imaging and associated tasks. Various clinical competencies and five nuclear medicine procedure competencies are required in this course.  Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nuclear Medicine Technology program

NMT 212 Nuclear Medicine Clinical II - 5 credits

The student will continue to work toward demonstrating competencies in the more frequently performed nuclear medicine studies. They will observe and assist the technologist in the performance of complicated studies. Various clinical competencies and ten nuclear medicine procedure competencies are required for this course.  Prerequisite: NMT 211

NMT 213 Nuclear Medicine Internship - 6 credits

This final session of practical learning allows the students to fine tune their skills and apply all they have learned in NM Theory. Students are expected to be able to perform most studies with limited supervision. Various clinical competencies and ten nuclear medicine procedure competencies are required for this course.
Prerequisite: NMT 212

PHI 210 Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences - 1 credit

This course will present students with the opportunity to investigate legal aspects of professional practice and ethical dilemmas that occur in patient care. Content includes laws and policies that define and regulate professional practice, criminal and civil actions involving healthcare providers and the legal responsibilities related to executing job responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on patients’ rights and the professional duty to safeguard them. This course also explores ethical decision-making and the resolution of ethical dilemmas encountered in professional practice. Prerequisite: Health Care Management Course - BUA 258 or BUA 341 or equivalent; Co-requisite: NMT 201



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