UCSD Medical Center in San
Diego, California, offers a 12-month certificate program in
Nuclear Medicine Technology.
The Nuclear Medicine Program will provide students with an
exceptional education that includes:
An Introduction to numerous diagnostic and therapeutic
Nuclear Medicine procedures.
A wide range of diagnostic Nuclear Medicine equipment.
A diverse patient population to include both inpatients and
outpatients. You will be exposed to a wide range of illnesses
An excellent student to faculty ratio. You will work directly
with highly skilled technologists and medical staff throughout
the program to provide direction, knowledge and skills.
The UCSD Nuclear Medicine Technology program begins every
July and runs through June and provides high quality didactic
and clinical education to create well qualified Nuclear
Students spend the first 14 weeks in didactic portion of the program
in which time they receive didactic information on the theory of
Department organization and function- 4 hours
Medical Ethics- 4 hours
Math- 24 hours
Anatomy and Physiology- 36 hours
Physics- 24 hours
Medical terminology- 20 hours
Radiation physics-12 hours
Nuclear medicine physics- 12 hours
Statistics- 12 hours
Radiation safety and protection- 24 hours
General chemistry- 8 hours
Radio nuclide Chemistry- 8 hours
Radio Pharmacy- 8 hours
Nuclear Instrumentation- 16 hours
QC lab- 16 hours
Radiation Biology- 12 hours
Nursing skills- 8 hours
Lab ordering receiving and packing, Wipe Testing- 4 hours
Computers- 8 hours
Cardiac stress testing- 8 hours
Cardiac stress testing lab- 4 hours
Radioactive Waste Handling Techniques Lab- 4 hours
Radio Nuclide Therapy- 4 hours
Collimator Sensitivity resolution lab- 4 hours
In Vivo procedures- 52 hours
Survey Instruments calibration Lab- 2 hours
Gamma Ray Spectrometry- 2 hours
Nuclear generators and dose calibration- 2 hours
PET theory- 4 hours
PET lab- 8 hours
In Vitro procedures- 4 hours
In Vitro lab- 4 hours
Following this portion clinical rotations begin. Students will have
over 1400 hours of clinical rotations at various sites in the San
Diego area to gain the necessary skills to function in all aspects
of Nuclear Medicine.
Ability to bend, kneel and squat
Full use of both arms, hands and fingers
Push and pull a 200-250 lb. Nuclear Medicine machine
Ability to work standing greater than 75% of the time
Assist patients by lifting and helping on and off tables
Effectively communicate with patients and relatives
Effectively communicate with Nuclear Medicine Technologists and
You are expected to arrive on time and attend all scheduled ides
and clinical rotations unless you have an approved absence.
You must conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.
You must adhere to all policies regarding the program and all
policies required by each hospital clinical affiliate.
You must maintain a minimum grade of 70% at all times throughout the
Students who complete the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
receive a certificate of completion and are eligible for California
registration as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, and are eligible to
take both national certification exams offered to Nuclear Medicine
The annual tuition for the 12-month Nuclear Medicine Technology
program is $8,000.00. Textbooks cost an additional $300.00 (approx).
Some financial aid and loans are available please contact the
program for details.
You are responsible for your own certification examinations, all
living expenses, parking fees and health insurance.
The applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be a graduate of an accredited radiological technology program.
b. Be an ARRT‑registered radiological technologist.
c. Be an ASCP‑certified medical technologist.
d. Be a registered nurse, with at least two years of college credit
(minimum degree: Associate degree in Science).
e. Have a baccalaureate degree.
f. Have an associate degree in a health science related field.
Mathematics. Two years mathematics, including algebra (excluding
basic arithmetic and business math), with grades of B or better.
General physics with laboratory, complete sequence (highly
Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence
General chemistry with laboratory, complete sequence (highly
If the curriculum in your Allied Health Program or high school did
not include courses in Algebra, physics and anatomy you will need to
show that you have successfully completed them elsewhere.
If you have any questions concerning your eligibility or academic
background, please call the Nuclear Medicine Program at
Application packets are available these need to be submitted by
January 31st prior to the start of the program.
Six students are accepted for the UCSD Medical Center Nuclear
Medicine Program on a competitive basis each year. ides begin in
To apply to the program you need to submit an application packet
A completed UCSD Medical Center Nuclear Medicine Program application
Official transcripts of all high school, college, allied health and
or university credits. 3 professional letter of recommendation
Your application and all supporting documentation must be received
by January 31st of the academic year before you wish to begin
ides. Interviews will take place in March, with notification of
acceptance in April.
If you are considered for an appointment, you will be asked to visit
UCSD Medical Center for a personal interview with the Program
Director and selected faculty. Appointment letters are mailed in
April. A reply is expected within two to three weeks.
You must meet all the physical requirements in this brochure. You
must also successfully complete a general physical examination
before you begin the program. A physical examination form will be
mailed to you with your letter of appointment. The completed
physical form and CPR certification must be received by May 1st.
If you need further information about the UCSD nuclear Medicine
Technology program or an application packet please contact:
Adrienne Jones, CNMT
UCSD Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
200 W. Arbor Drive
San Diego, Ca 92103