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Nuclear Medicine Technology

Open for Fall 2020

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.

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,936   
Year 2: $5,814
Year 1 (International): $23,634
Year 2 (International): $19,322

Year 1: $7,678
Year 2: $6,436

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


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.

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 

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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
  • 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.

Credentials and Accreditation

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

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 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.

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

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 must be valid for the duration of your practicum. SAIT offers the above CPR course on a continuous basis (CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR). Please note that only the 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. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations.

  • 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.


Program Outline

View additional Nuclear Medicine Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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 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 Code Course Name Credit
INFC-215 Infection Prevention and Control 1.5
MRAD-251 Computed Tomography 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 Code Course Name Credit
MRAD-281 Computed Tomography 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

Second Year

Semester 4 - Fall

Course Code Course Name Credit
NMED-310* Instrumentation 2 1.5
NMED-320* Dosimetry 1.5
NMED-331* Applied Clinical Procedures 1 3.0
PRAC-309 Practicum 1 6.0
Semester 4 Total 12.0


Semester 5 - Winter

Course Code Course Name Credit
NMED-350* Advanced Computers 1.5
NMED-381* Applied Clincial Procedures 2 3.0
PRAC-322 Practicum 2 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 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 percent 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.


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.


2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $5,979 $462 $288 $235 $6,963
2 $4,829 $462 $288 $235 $5,814

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $22,424 $462 $288 $460 $23,634
2 $18,915 $462 $288 $460 $19,322

2020/21 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

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course. Annual update required (CPRS 002 BLS Renewal [Level C] CPR). Call SAIT Life Support Training at 403.210.4009 for further information.
  • 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 $800 with an additional$105 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 must have a personal computer and access to the Internet. Most classes are taught at SAIT, but some require online access. All courses require additional self-study.
  • Students require an Apple personal digital assistant (iPad with blue tooth keyboard) with the ability to run the most current Apple iOS to support the CompTracker system.
  • There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester. 
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $50 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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


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