Nuclear Medicine Technology

In recognizing the workforce demand for people highly trained in the field of nuclear medicine, the Nuclear Medicine Technology program transitioned from a baccalaureate program to a master program in 2015.

Your job options in NMT include computed tomography technologist and magnetic resonance. Technologists take body images and examine those images for technical quality.

There are more than 100 different types of studies that you can perform using nuclear medicine radiopharmaceuticals which are radioactive compounds used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Upon graduation you will be able to use radioactive drugs to obtain information that will lead to disease diagnosis and monitoring therapy.

The UAB NMT Program provides you didactic and clinical coursework in a curriculum that is designed to prepare you to become a competent and productive technologist. You will also be served post-graduation with opportunities for continuing education activities and educational products.

JRCNMT ACC Logo168x288At UAB you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to secure employment as an entry-level nuclear medicine technologist. And you will receive the knowledge necessary to pass national certification examinations in nuclear medicine technology.

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The Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology degree program is designed to lead to a professional certification. There are two national professional board exams, one through the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the other with The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), resulting in a credential of CNMT or RT(N) respectively. In addition, students may elect to pursue elective coursework that can lead to secondary-post primary certification in Computed Tomography (CT) and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). CT certification is either through the NMTCB which results in a credential of NMTCB (CT) or through the ARRT with a credential of RT(CT). MRI certification is through the ARRT resulting in a credential of RT(MR). Specific licensure requirements for each modality still vary from state to state. UAB is working to develop an online, publicly-accessible database to assist in providing this state-by-state information.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact UAB State Authorization at, or call Dr. Lisa Reburn at (205) 934-3258.