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 perform body function studies, produce images of internal organs and analyze biological 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
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (or BIO_SC 1500)
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 4600Introduction to Radiochemistry with Lab3
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
NUCMED 1000Orientation to Nuclear Medicine1
RADIOL 4328Introductory Radiation Biology3
RA_SCI 4303Radiation Safety3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
or ANTHRO 1000 General Anthropology
PHYSCS 1220College Physics II4
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
CDS 4480Clinical Ethics3
CDS 4955Introduction to Research3
Core requirements for the nuclear medicine emphasis
NUCMED 4329Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Medicine3
NUCMED 3263Morphological Correlations in Nuclear Medicine I3
NUCMED 3256Clinical Nuclear Medicine I2
NUCMED 3255Orientation to Clinical Practice2
NUCMED 4940Clinical In Vivo I6
NUCMED 4268Clinical Nuclear Medicine II3
NUCMED 4327Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation3
NUCMED 4941Clinical In Vivo II7
NUCMED 4232Clinical In Vitro3
NUCMED 4299Morphological Correlations in Nuclear Medicine II3
NUCMED 4269Clinical Nuclear Medicine III1
NUCMED 4330PET in Nuclear Medicine3
RA_SCI 4110Sectional Anatomy3
RA_SCI 4150Computed Tomography: Physics and Procedures5
CDS 3460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I3
Students are strongly encouraged to take the following course:
CDS 4440Organization and Administration3
Total Credits120

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
MATH 11003NUCMED 10001 
PSYCH 10003ENGLSH 10003 
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003CHEM 13204 
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020 (or BIO_SC 1500)
5COMMUN 12003 
 STAT 1200 or ESC_PS 41703 
 14 14  
Second Year
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
5MPP 32025 
PHYSCS 12104PHYSCS 12204 
CDS 21903Behavioral/Social Science (level 2000+)3 
CDS 49553Humanities 2000+ Level Course3 
 15 15  
Third Year
NUCMED 32552CHEM 21003NUCMED 42323
NUCMED 32633CHEM 46003CDS 44803
NUCMED 43293NUCMED 32562 
RA_SCI 43033NUCMED 42993 
RADIOL 43283Humanities3 
 14 14 6
Fourth Year
NUCMED 42683NUCMED 42691 
NUCMED 43273NUCMED 43303 
NUCMED 49406NUCMED 49417 
RA_SCI 41103RA_SCI 41505 
 15 16  
Total Credits: 123

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Degree Audit

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MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

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For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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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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