Nuclear Medicine Technology

Fall 2017 start: applications open on Oct. 19, 2016.

  • 22-month diploma
  • Fall start
  • Includes clinical practice

UPDATE: Applications for Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents only will remain open until April 15, 2016.

Watch a video about Nuclear Medicine Technology studies at SAIT PolytechnicNuclear medicine technology uses radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs) and specialized instruments to help diagnose and treat disease through the evaluation of the function of the various body organs. Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program, students will learn the techniques of imaging, laboratory procedures and equipment operation to prepare them to work with patients and medical staff in a nuclear medicine department.

In the first year of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, students will undertake detailed studies in laboratory arithmetic, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, radionuclide instrumentation, nuclear medicine procedures, pathology, radiopharmacy and radiation safety.

The second year of the NMT program involves three clinical practica in which students will rotate through all areas of a nuclear medicine department.

Certain courses are available by distance education or continuing education - INFC 215. The courses 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.

Students will require access to a computer with Internet access, a printer, a set of headphones, and a microphone. Students will be evaluated on lab, competency and performance in the program using a competency tracking system called Comp Tracker. Students are required to have an iPad with Bluetooth keyboard to support the Comp Tracker system while in the program.

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.