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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Open for Fall 2022

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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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 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.

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 Accreditation Canada. 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: $8,434
Year 2: $7,068

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

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and achieve at least 50% on the scoring rubric for the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance Testing Process. Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first offered basis, until the program is full.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2022 will open Oct. 6, 2021, be accepted until March 1, 2022.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date*
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021  June 24, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 June 23, 2023

*Students completing their second year of study will finish classes on Aug. 19, 2022.

How to apply

SAIT's Nuclear Medicine Technology program

This 22-month diploma program teaches the nuclear medicine technologist to operate gamma camera and other nuclear medicine equipment in a safe and competent manner.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are accepted Oct 6, 2021 to March 1, 2022

*This program does not accept international students

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.
  • Successful applicants must meet or exceed 50% on the scoring rubric for the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance Testing Process.

        Entrance testing process

Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

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. 

Direct entry: five-step process

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

Step 2: Review the information related to the necessary components of the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process

Step 3:  Complete the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process non-academic admission requirement. Ensure that you meet all of the academic admission requirements listed above.

Step 4: Apply to the Nuclear Medicine Technology program and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. Find out how to monitor your application status.

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

Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the admission 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.

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.

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

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.

 

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $7,101 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $8,434
2 $5,735 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,068

*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: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

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.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $2,600 in the first year and $1,200 in the second year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our  computers and laptops page.
  • 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).
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.

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.

✅ 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 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place Sept 1 on campus (optional) and Sept. 2 online. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

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.p

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

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 

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

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

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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

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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