BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Nuclear Medicine

Degree Program Description

The nuclear medicine technologist is concerned with the use of radioactivity for patient diagnosis, monitoring of treatment and in some cases the treatment itself. The nuclear medicine technologist uses radioactive compounds to produce images, treat diseases and to analyze biologic specimens. The curriculum incorporates the fundamentals needed for specialization as a nuclear medicine professional. Accreditation of the program is granted by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

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Major Program Requirements

The following are MU courses. Students transferring from other institutions should contact the program director to select appropriate prerequisite courses for admission. Students must complete these courses in addition to major, degree and University requirements, including University general education requirements.

Emphasis Core Requirements

Prerequisites to the nuclear medicine emphasis
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 18653
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (or BIO_SC 1500)
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
or ANTHRO 1000 General Anthropology
MATH 1100College Algebra3
or MATH 1400 Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 4600Introduction to Radiochemistry with Lab3
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
NUCMED 1000Orientation to Nuclear Medicine1
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
CDS 4480Clinical Ethics3
or PHIL 2440 Medical Ethics
or HLTH_SCI 4480 Clinical Ethics
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
Core requirements for the nuclear medicine emphasis
NUCMED 3255Orientation to Clinical Practice2
NUCMED 3256Clinical Nuclear Medicine I2
NUCMED 3263Morphological Correlations in Nuclear Medicine I3
NUCMED 4232Clinical In Vitro3
NUCMED 4268WClinical Nuclear Medicine II - Writing Intensive3
NUCMED 4269Clinical Nuclear Medicine III1
NUCMED 4299Morphological Correlations in Nuclear Medicine II3
NUCMED 4330PET in Nuclear Medicine3
NUCMED 4327Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation3
NUCMED 4329Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Medicine3
NUCMED 4940Clinical In Vivo I6
NUCMED 4941Clinical In Vivo II7
RA_SCI 3160Radiologic Physics3
RA_SCI 4110Sectional Anatomy3
RA_SCI 4150Computed Tomography: Physics and Procedures5
CDS 3460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I3
CDS 4328Radiation Safety and Biology4
CDS 4460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications II3
CDS 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3
Total Credits127

Professional Certification

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certifying examinations given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. Students may also pursue credentials offered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
NUCMED 10001ENGLSH 10003 
PSYCH 10003COMMUN 12003 
MATH 1100 or 14003CHEM 13204 
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020 (or BIO_SC 1500)
5PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
 15 15  
Second Year
STAT 1200 or 13003HIST 11003 
PHYSCS 12104CHEM 21003 
CHEM 13304MPP 32025 
CDS 21903Behavioral/Social Science (level 2000+)3 
HLTH_SCI 3900W3Humanities 2000+ Level Course3 
 17 17  
Third Year
CDS 43284CDS 34603CDS 40853
NUCMED 32552CDS 44803CDS 44603
NUCMED 32633CHEM 46003NUCMED 42323
NUCMED 43273NUCMED 32562 
RA_SCI 31603NUCMED 42993 
 NUCMED 43293 
 15 17 9
Fourth Year
CDS 49853NUCMED 42691 
NUCMED 4268W3NUCMED 43303 
NUCMED 49406NUCMED 49417 
RA_SCI 41103RA_SCI 41505 
 15 16  
Total Credits: 136

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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