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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 22 Months
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

With courses on anatomy, physiology, radiopharmacy and patient care — along with imaging techniques and procedures — prepare for a career using high-tech instruments and radioactive drugs to help diagnose and treat disease.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $6,941
Year 2: $5,792
Year 1 (International): $22,516
Year 2 (International): $18,371

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on two phases of selection: a program selection package and an interview. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2018 are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 until April 1, 2018.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

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In this two-year diploma program, students will learn the techniques of imaging, laboratory procedures and equipment operation to prepare students to work with patients and medical staff in a nuclear medicine department.

Program Details

Program Description

Nuclear medicine technology uses radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs) and specialized equipment to help diagnose and treat diseases. The Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program is a two-year, full-time program where students are trained as nuclear medicine technologists, ready to work with patients and medical staff in clinical nuclear medicine settings.

In the first year of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, students will complete studies in patient communication and management, professional practice, radiation physics, computed tomography, anatomy and physiology, radionuclide instrumentation, nuclear medicine procedures, radiopharmacy, quality control, clinical integration, phlebotomy and intravenous injections, and radiation safety.

The second year of the NMT program involves on-line courses focusing on instrumentation, dosimetry, pathology, advanced computers, research and clinical integration. Students will also concurrently complete three clinical practica where they rotate through all areas of nuclear medicine, applying what they have learned while in these clinical settings.

Note: INFC 215 Infection Prevention and Control is available to be taken by distance education or continuing education. Regardless of which method of delivery a course is taken, it must be completed within the time frame shown in the Program Outline. Please be advised that full-time student status requires the student to take 60 percent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by distance education or continuing education, students may be considered a part-time student, which may impact their financial loan status.

Your Career

Graduates find work as nuclear medicine technologists in hospitals, community clinics, private laboratories, research and teaching institutions. In order to find employment, many graduates must relocate across Canada or to the United States.

Student Success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
  • Students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week outside of class studying.
  • Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
  • Basic to intermediate computer skills are necessary for this field. An acceptable computer skill level would include the ability to use word processing, spreadsheets and communication software. Educational interaction in this program depends on these computer skills. It is the student's responsibility to ensure adequacy of these skills prior to the program admission.
  • Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide, utilize critical thinking practice, are eager, persevere and enjoy working in a team environment.
  • Students who experience success in this program have the following characteristics:
    • Ability to handle unpleasant situations
    • Capability of lifting heavy objects and patients
    • Standing for extended periods of time
    • Working in difficult physical positions
    • Good hand and finger dexterity and stamina
    • Strong vision and hearing
  • Individuals with previous chronic or repetitive strain injuries have experienced re-injury or aggravation of these conditions in this program and/or as a technologist.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Nuclear Medicine Technology diploma.

Graduates are eligible to access the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam which can lead to registration and employment as registered Technologists in Canada. Access to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exam (American) is also available.

Accreditation

The Nuclear Medicine Technology program delivered by SAIT is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. The program also works closely with our Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Committee to ensure that our curriculum continues to meet or exceed provincial and national accreditation standards.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2018 start: applications are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 to April 1, 2018.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 70% in Math 30-2,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1,
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 30,
  • At least 60% in either Biology 30 or Physics 30 or Math 31. 
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by April 1 to be included in selection.
  • Selection is done on a continuous basis and will occur until the program is full.
  • Competitive academic averages are not a portion of the Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program selection process.
  • There will be 16 seats offered for the fall intake. 
  • Additional seats are reserved for Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents through interprovincial agreements.

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.

Phase 1: Program Selection Package

Applicants will be sent a program selection package via email if they meet the admission requirements. The selection package must be completed and returned to diagnostic.imaging@sait.ca within two weeks of the initial email date.

We recommend you add diagnostic.imaging@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. We do not recommended using a Microsoft email account such as @hotmail.com or @live.com as there have been some issues in the past in receiving SAIT communications using these types of accounts.

You are solely responsible to ensure the information in the selection package is legible, articulate and best reflects you as a candidate. Falsifying information will result in your application being removed immediately from the selection process and may result in the initiation of SAIT's Student Code of Conduct Procedure AC.3.4.1

Selection packages are evaluated using standardized answer keys. Scores from the selection package are used to determine which individuals move to Phase 2 of the selection process and differentiate applicants whose scores may be tied. The program administrators try to mark selection packages within two weeks of their submission date.

  • If scores from the selection package are above the benchmark established by the School of Health and Public Safety, the applicant will move to Phase 2 of the selection process.
  • If scores from the selection package are below the benchmark, the applicant will be declined in selection.
  • Those applicants who fail to complete and submit their packages by the deadline date will also be declined from further selection.

Phase 2: Interview

Applicants who successfully move to Phase 2 of the selection process will be emailed an interview invitation as well as a group interview explanation and Confidentiality form. 

  • Group interviews will begin in mid-February, possibly earlier if we have a sufficient applicant pool.
  • The applicant will receive two weeks' notice of the scheduled interview, when possible.
  • The completed and signed Confidentiality form should be brought to the group interview.
  • Four applicants will be interviewed at one time by two members of the program selection committee.

Interviewees should attend the group interview session in person. Individuals residing outside of Alberta may have the opportunity to participate in a web video conference group interview. Please note that web video conference group interviews may be delayed until there are sufficient web video conference applicants to complete a group interview session.

The program and selection committee are not responsible for technical support to the applicant or any loss of connectivity through the group interview process. Web conference interviews will not be rebooked if an individual has technical difficulties, loses connectivity, or cannot hear the group interview responses. 

Web video conference interviewees must submit a signed copy of the Confidentiality form in advance of their interview time or they will not be permitted to join the interview. 

Once the interview round is complete, the interview is evaluated using a rubric.

  • An applicant's score must be above the benchmark established by the School of Health and Public Safety to be offered a seat in the program. Successful applicants will be offered seats until the program is full. Once the program is full, those exceeding the benchmark will be placed on a ranked qualified waitlist. 
  • If the group interview score is below the benchmark, applicants may remain in selection until all interviews are completed.
  • Those applicants who fail to notify or attend their scheduled interview will be declined from further selection.

Step 4: Apply to Nuclear Medicine Technology and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete the selection package that is emailed to you.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add diagnostic.imaging@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Due to the significant number of applications for this program, the selection process can take some time. Every effort will be made to maintain the timelines outlined above. We appreciate your patience. You can also log on to mySAIT.ca to check your admission decision status.

Unfortunately, due to the extremely large volume of applicants, we cannot provide any assistance or follow-up as to why the candidate was not competitive or where the applicant is ranked on the waitlist.  

Practicum Requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as relocation and travel costs.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Current Heart and Stroke Foundation Health Care Provider Level (C) CPR must be valid for the duration of your practicum. SAIT offers the above CPR course on a continuous basis (CPRS 212 - Health Care Provider). Please note that only Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada CPR certification will be accepted.

  • Updated Immunization Records: Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. Successful candidates will be asked to provide an up-to-date immunization record to the SAIT Health Clinic as part of the program orientation. Failure to do so could jeopardize a student's ability to complete the practicum portion of his/her program. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations. Please review the immunization process document for specific details. It is advised to start the immunization process early as it can take some time to complete.

  • Security Clearance: According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practica sites require that students obtain a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, prior to going on practicum. Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student's entry into practicum, and therefore will result in an uncompleted program or non-graduating status. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a clear Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check record to the School of Health and Public Safety main office by orientation day. Please review the security clearance process document for specific details. Be aware that record must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day (typically orientation day is held the week prior to the first day of class).

  • N95 Respiratory Mask: Fit testing is done to determine which make and model of N95 respiratory mask should be used by an individual. In compliance with Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009, students are fit-tested for respiratory masks prior to their practica. Occupational Health and Safety Bulletin, Respiratory Protective Equipment: An Employer's Guide states the effectiveness of the respiratory protective equipment depends on an effective face piece seal to the skin of the face. The mask must be tight enough so that the person is breathing only air which has been filtered. The seal is dependent on facial differences (shape or size) or facial hair. Facial hair must be removed where the mask contacts the face for the test. Failure to adequately fit an N95 mask may result in a restricted practicum and\or limited employment. Additionally, a student may need to be tested again in two years or if there are changes to the face which impact the ability of the respirator to form an effective seal (e.g. Weight gain/loss, growth of facial hair, dental surgery, or facial scarring). 

  • Health and Wellness Status: Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability. 

More details on the practical requirements per program are outlined on a pre-orientation website for successful candidates.

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ANPH-215 Anatomy and Physoiology 3.0
NMED-210 Professional Practice 3.0
NMED-220 Quality Control 1 1.5
PHAR-230 Radiopharmacy 1 1.5
PHYS-209 Radiation Physics 3.0
RADP-210 Radiation Protection 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
INFC-215 Infection Prevention and Control 1.5
MRAD-251 CT Theory 1 3.0
NMED-251 Methodology 1 3.0
NMED-260 Instrumentation 1 1.5
NMED-270 Quality Control 2 3.0
PHAR-262 Radiopharmacy 2 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0

 

Semester 3 - Spring/Summer

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MRAD-281 CT Theory 2 1.5
NMED-256 Patient Care 1.5
NMED-275 Clinical Integration 1 1.5
NMED-291 Methodology 2 3.0
PHLB-236 Phlebotomy and Intravenous Injections 1.5
Semester 3 Total 9.0
First Year Total
39.0

Second Year

Semester 4 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
NMED-310* Instrumentation 2 1.5
NMED-320* Dosimetry 1.5
NMED-331* Pathology 1 3.0
PRAC-309 Practicum 1 6.0
Semester 4 Total 12.0

 

Semester 5 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
NMED-350* Advanced Computers 1.5
NMED-381* Pathology 2 3.0
PRAC-322 Practicum 2 6.0
Semester 5 Total 10.5

 

Semester 6 - Spring/Summer

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
NMED-360* Research for Allied Health 1.5
NMED-390* Clinical Integration 2 1.5
PRAC-343 Practicum 3 6.0
Semester 6 Total 9.0
Second Year Total 31.5
Program Total 70.5

* Note: All theory courses for the second year of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program are delivered in a totally online format. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses.

Please be advised that full-time student status requires students to take 60 per cent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by correspondence, a student may be considered a part-time student, which may impact his/her financial loan status.

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $5,979 $440 $523 $6,941
2 $4,829 $440 $523 $5,792

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $21,553 $440 $523 $22,516
2 $17,408 $440 $523 $18,371

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • CPRS 212 Health Care Provider course in CPR. Annual update required (CPRS 222 Health Care Provider Renewal). All CPR courses must be from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Call SAIT Life Support Training at 403.210.4009 for further information.
  • Mandatory student registration fee to the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists is approximately $100.
  • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologist (CAMRT) certification exam fees are approximately $840 with an additional $150 exam administration fee.
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) exam fees are approximately $175.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica including relocation costs to practicum sites outside Calgary.
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a police information check including Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • Books and supplies are approximately $2,600 in the first year and $1,200 in the second year.
  • Students require a tablet (Apple or Android) to support the CompTracker system. The tablet only needs wi-fi ability and the size of the tablet is at the discretion of the student. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker.
  • There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.
  • Students are required to have access to a personal computer, printer and internet for the duration of the program.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Although she planned to take the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, a SAIT open house showed Ashley she could find a career she loved even more. She was able to secure a job right after graduation because of the hands-on instruction that has students using actual industry equipment.

Ashley Wright
Nuclear Medicine Technology | 2015

“We get to work with the cameras and smaller amounts of radiation,” she says. “It over-prepares us for the practicum because we actually know what we’re doing.”