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

Prerequisite Coursework:
The following coursework (39 hours) must be completed or in progress at the time of application to the program:

Precalculus Trigonometry
Introductory Chemistry I and II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
College Physics I and II
Medical Terminology
Health Care Systems

Students must have a BA or BS degree, meet all graduate school requirements and be accepted to the graduate program. ( However, acceptance to the UAB Graduate School does not mean acceptance to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program - that acceptance comes direct from the program. Admission to the program will be dependent on successful completion of all prerequisite coursework.

In addition to the program specific admissions requirements listed above, admissions requirements also include:
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college/university
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores from the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections. Applicants with advanced degrees whose GRE scores are older than 5 years (the time limit that ETS will send scores) can send reports from previously attended graduate programs.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in natural science courses
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the program prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of C in each
  • Interview with faculty
  • Satisfactory screening on health data questionnaire by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.
Application Procedure:
All prospective students must meet the UAB Graduate School admissions requirements, and must apply for admission through the Graduate School (UAB Graduate School On-line Application). 

The UAB Graduate School On-Line Application requires the following items, which you need to give consideration to before completing the on-line application:

  • Personal Statement  - A statement that highlights your motivation to become a genetic counselor, and emphasizes your prior and current experiences and how they will benefit you in the profession. (No more than 500 words.)
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • A two page resume or CV.  - This should account for a description and timeline of any paid or volunteer work experience in a crisis counseling or peer counseling setting, working with individuals with genetic conditions or disabilities, technical work in laboratories, or teaching experience.
Select scholarships are available through the School of Health Professions based on student need, for minorities, and for some otherwise qualified students. UAB's Financial Aid Office may also be able to answer additional questions regarding costs.

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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.