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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Closed for Fall 2020

Length: 22 months Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Overview

Advance your career in medical imaging with a career in nuclear medicine. With courses specialized in 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.

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, 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 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.

Interprovincial Health Training Agreements

SAIT offers reserved seats in nuclear medicine for Saskatchewan and Manitoba students. Limited space available, call 403.284.8500 to learn more.

Is this the right fit for me?

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 the adequacy of these skills prior to the program admission. In addition, students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week outside of class studying.

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
  • capable 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

Because of the nature of this work, students must be capable of lifting heavy patients, standing for long periods of time, and working in awkward physical positions

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.

Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English and have achieved higher secondary or post-secondary marks in the past.

Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam which is a requirement for registration and employment for registered nuclear medicine technologists in Canada.

Graduates are also eligible to challenge the American Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exam.

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.

Credentials

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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in hospitals, community clinics, private laboratories, research and teaching institutions. Potential positions include: 

  • nuclear medicine technologist 
  • healthcare technologist 

Related careers include: 

  • magnetic resonance technologist 
  • radiation therapist 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,678
Year 2: $6,436

Year 2 (International): $20,693

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

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Requirements

This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 will open Oct. 2, 2019 be accepted until March 31, 2020.
  • This program does not accept international students effective Fall 2020 intake. There are many program options for international applicants –  find out more.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

How to apply

SAIT's Nuclear Medicine Technology program

This 22-month diploma program teaches the medical radiologic technologist to be responsible for the safe and competent operation of a wide range of X-ray generating machines, film processing units and accessory equipment.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 until March 31, 2020.
  • This program does not accept international students effective Fall 2020 intake. There are many program options for international applicants –  find out more.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

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 March 31 to be included in selection. 
  • Applicants will have one attempt to complete the selection process for this program. If you're not offered admission, you can re-apply for the next intake and you will be required to complete the selection process again.
  • Selection is done on a continuous basis and will continue until the program is full.  Apply early for the best chance of getting a seat.
  • There will be 16 seats offered for the fall intake. Additional seats are reserved for Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents through interprovincial agreements.
  • Applicants who apply after the program has been filled may be placed on a waitlist.

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 within one week 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. 

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 a standardized scoring system.  

  • 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: Aptitude Test

Applicants who successfully move to Phase 2 of the selection process will be emailed available dates and times to register to attend an aptitude assessment at SAIT.

  • If you reside outside of a 400 km radius of Calgary and cannot attend an aptitude assessment session without undue hardship, alternative arrangements may be considered
  • Please note that if the assessment is completed outside of SAIT, we are not responsible for providing technical support or any loss of connectivity. Those who fail to notify us or to attend their scheduled assessment will be declined from further selection.
  • You will be assessed on your ability to answer the questions, and your capacity to understand and follow directions. The assessment includes reading comprehension, math, science, career awareness, and reasoning-type questions. We do not provide a breakdown of the question type beyond what has been provided here. There may be a fee for the assessment.
  • Candidates who achieve a mark above the predetermined benchmark on the aptitude assessment will be offered a seat until the program is full. Seats are offered on a continuous basis, so you are encouraged to register for the earliest date available. Once the program is full, those exceeding the benchmark will be place on a ranked waitlist. 
  • Saskatchewan and Manitoba candidates will also complete an interview as part of the selection process. The interview will take place in the candidate’s province of application or by alternative arrangement. Saskatchewan and Manitoba candidates will not be required to travel to Calgary for the selection process.

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 at a later date. 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 entrance requirements, 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
  • Updated immunization records
  • Security clearance - Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • N95 respiratory mask fitting
  • Health and wellness status

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Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course Code Course Name Credit
ANPH-215 Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
NMED-210 Professional Practice 3.0
NMED-220 Quality Control I 1.5
PHAR-230 Radiopharmacy I 1.5
PHYS-209 Radiation Physics 3.0
RADP-210 Radiation Protection 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2 - Winter

Course Code Course Name Credit
INFC-215 Infection Prevention and Control 1.5
MRAD-251 Computed Tomography Theory I 3.0
NMED-251 Clinical Procedures I 3.0
NMED-260 Instrumentation I 1.5
NMED-270 Quality Control II 3.0
PHAR-262 Radiopharmacy II 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0

Semester 3 - Spring/Summer

Course Code Course Name Credit
MRAD-281 Computed Tomography Theory II 1.5
NMED-256 Patient Care 1.5
NMED-275 Clinical Integration I 1.5
NMED-291 Clinical Procedures II 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 Code Course Name Credit
NMED-310* Instrumentation II 1.5
NMED-320* Dosimetry 1.5
NMED-331* Applied Clinical Procedures I 3.0
PRAC-309 Practicum I 6.0
Semester 4 Total 12.0

Semester 5 - Winter

Course Code Course Name Credit
NMED-350* Advanced Computers 1.5
NMED-381* Applied Clinical Procedures II 3.0
PRAC-322 Practicum II 6.0
Semester 5 Total 10.5

Semester 6 - Spring/Summer

Course Code Course Name Credit
NMED-360* Research for Allied Health 1.5
NMED-390* Clinical Integration II 1.5
PRAC-343 Practicum III 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% 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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (The Marine Institute)
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit Transfer Options

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $6,456 $682 $288 $252 $7,678
2 $5,214 $682 $288 $252 $6,436

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
2 $19,380 $682 $288 $344 $20,693

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame.

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $2,600 in the first year and $1,200 in the second year.
  • There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester. 
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e. relocation costs if placed outside of Calgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) exam fees are approximately $175.
  • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam fees are approx $840 with an additional $125 exam administration fee.
  • Student Registration fee to the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (approx $100)
  • 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)

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

    Next steps for incoming students

    Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    ✅ Plan ahead ❗️

    You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

    Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

    Get started on pre-orientation requirements

    Fall 2020

    Orientation

    Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

    To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

    We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

    Delivery 

    This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

    How to register for classes

    You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    Computers and laptops

    This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

    Required equipment/tools

    You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance during practicum which is logged using a tracking system called 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.

    Please print and/or save a digital copy of the Safety Code 35: Procedures for the Installation, Use and Control of X-ray Equipment in Large Medical Radiological Facilities from the Health Canada website. Have this ready for use in class at the start of the semester.

    Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

    The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

    Required uniform: In order to prepare for the classes that require the use of a uniform, please read the uniform requirements document.

    NMT Uniforms

    Other requirements

    • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course
    • N95 respiratory mask fit-testing
    • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check 
    • Immunization record
    • Health and Wellness Status 
    • Safety Code 35: Procedures for the Installation

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT. 

    Required textbooks

    The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

    Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

    Contact 

    Phone: 403.284.8481
    Email: hps.info@sait.ca

    Academic chair

    Jennifer Brown, Academic Chair
    Email:  jennifer.brown@sait.ca

    Have questions about this program?

    Contact us at

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

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