Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nuclear Medicine Technology?

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses unique, safe, and painless techniques both to image the body and treat disease.

What is the average starting salary for entry-level technologist?

Entry-level positions in nuclear medical technology range from $45,000 - $55,000.

What are some of the career opportunities available for the Nuclear Medicine Technologists?

Career opportunities in nuclear medical technology include not only clinical nuclear medicine technologists, but also as educators, research assistants, health physicists, hospital radiation safety officers, state inspectors, physicians, and sales representatives for nuclear instrumentation and radiopharmaceutical companies.

 What are some of the employment opportunities available for the Nuclear Medicine Technologists?

Employment opportunities exist in medical centers; veterans and armed forces medical centers or hospitals; public health institutions; industrial, chemical, and biochemical research laboratories; and atomic power or nuclear instrumentation manufacturing companies.

 What are some of the primary duties of a Nuclear Medicine Technologists?

A nuclear medicine technologist (NMT) has direct patient contact when performing the nuclear medicine procedures and uses a variety of radiation equipment and computers to acquire data.

What are some other duties a Nuclear Medicine Technologists might perform?

Other responsibilities of an NMT include quality control and preparation of radioactive drugs.

How do I apply?

Application is made through the UAB Graduate School. Graduate School admission forms are available from the UAB Graduate School or online at Apply Yourself.

When is the deadline to apply?

Early Admission deadline, for Fall enrollment, is February 15 for first consideration. Applications will be accepted up until July 1 on a case-by-case basis as program capacity allows.


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The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging has "What Patients Need to Know About Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging."  A more detailed look at what technologies a Nuclear Medical Technologist might work with.

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