Admissions


Application Deadline: February 15th for priority admission. Students begin the program in the fall semester.

Admission Requirements:
The student usually will have completed approximately 70 semester hours before transferring to SHP for five or six semesters of professional courses. Acceptance will be based upon the student’s academic ability and aptitude for a career in nuclear medicine technology. The candidate is expected to satisfy the following requirements:
  • Be accepted by UAB,
  • Have a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0),
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) in Natural Sciences and Mathematics prerequisite courses in Area III and Area V (under special circumstances and with permission of the faculty, this requirement may be waived),
  • Have a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course,
  • Complete a personal interview with the selection committee, and
  • If accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
  To the UAB Undergraduate Admissions Office:
  • Completed UAB undergraduate application form, indicating pre-nuclear medicine technology as the major, and application fee, if applicable (if enrolled at UAB in another major, complete a Change of School/Major Request indicating pre-nuclear medicine technology as the major; form available from the Office of Registration and Academic Records), and
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
   To the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Office, School of Health Professions:
  • Completed clinical tour form (form available from the program office).
Student Handbook 2013 - 2014

Prerequisite Requirements: B.S. Programs

Area I. Written Composition (6 hours)
English Composition - EH 101, 102 (6)
Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (12 hours)
Literature1 (3)
Fine Arts elective (3)
Electives1 (6)
Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (11 hours)
Precalculus Trigonometry - MA 106 (3)
Intro Chemistry Sequence - CH 105/106 lab, 107/108 lab (8)
Area IV. History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
History1 (3)
Electives1 (9)
Area V. Preprofessional, Major, and Elective Courses
Pathophysiology- BY 216 (3)
Medical Terminology for Health Professionals (AHS 350) (3)
Human Anatomy and Human Physiology - BY 115, 1162 (8)
Statistics - MA 180 (3)
College Physics - PH 201, 2023 (8)

1A 6-semester hour sequence either in literature or in history is required. If a second literature is chosen, it will apply as 3 of the elective hours in Area II Humanities and Fine Arts; if a second history is chosen, it will apply as 3 of the elective hours in Area IV History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences.
2Acceptable substitutes for human physiology: Comparative Animal Physiology, Mammalian Physiology.
3Physics for Technologists (NMT 304) offered by UAB/SHRP for 8 semester hours may be substituted for the Physics sequence.

A person who holds a baccalaureate degree and wishes to become a nuclear medicine technologist will be considered for the 16-month period of professional study. Prerequisites for such persons include the equivalent of the courses in Natural Sciences and Mathematics under Area III and Area V of the UAB/Program Core Curriculum and the other admission requirements. The bachelor of science degree and a baccalaureate certificate of completion are awarded upon completion of the NMT curriculum.

Essential Functions
The following skills are needed by applicants to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program. Applicants and students should possess these abilities, or with the help of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices, be able to demonstrate the ability to become proficient.

Manual dexterity: use of extremities for patient care purposes
  • Wrists (both): grasping, pulling, twisting
  • Hands (both): fingering, holding, (rotation)
  • Arms (both): pushing, extending, cutting
Sensation: palpation, auscultation percussion
  • Capable of hearing voices of normal range in the presence of background noise
Visual Perception: depth acuity (corrected to 20/40)
  • Ability to distinguish shades of gray/color
Physical Strength:
  • To support another person
  • To position another person
  • To transfer/ambulate with walker, cane, crutches, bed, wheelchair
  • To stand for long periods of time
  • To perform CPR; resuscitation
  • To walk at a rapid pace for eight hours
Interpersonal able to function (consult, negotiate, share) as part of a team skills:
  • Able to use communication skills
  • Able to respond to others' requests
  • Willing to accept direction and supervision
  • Perform duties while under stress
Ability to operate and maintain equipment (eg., nuclear medicine instrumentation, ventilator, electronic monitor, etc.)

Students requesting disability accommodations must do so by filing a disability accommodation request with the UAB Disability Services Office.