BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Nuclear Medicine

Degree Program Description

Nuclear medicine (NM) technologists use radioactive compounds to produce functional, molecular images and to treat many cancers. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, imaging and research centers, commercial radiopharmacies, and nuclear research reactors. Nuclear medicine procedures are used to diagnose and treat diseases and to tailor treatment regimens. The NM program includes two years of pre-requisite coursework and two years of professional coursework. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Nuclear Medicine. Graduates of the program are eligible to challenge the nuclear medicine technology credentialing examinations administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete the Program Pre-requisite courses below with a grade of C- or higher. All Major Core Requirements require a grade of C (2.0) or higher, unless otherwise noted. Students must also meet degree and University requirements, including University general education requirements. In addition to the degree requirements below, the Nuclear Medicine program requires an application, including an interview. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor in order to best structure the pre-requisites and prepare for the program application.

Program Pre-Requisites45
MATH 1100College Algebra3
or MATH 1400 Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Writing and Rhetoric
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or COMMUN 1200H Public Speaking - Honors
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
or CHEM 1330H College Chemistry II- Honors
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
CDS 4955WIntroduction to Research - Writing Intensive3
or HLTH_SCI 4200W Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive
Major Core Requirements 69
NUCMED 3255Orientation to Clinical Practice2
NUCMED 3256Clinical Nuclear Medicine I2
NUCMED 3263Morphological Correlations in Nuclear Medicine I3
NUCMED 4232Regulation of Radioisotopes3
NUCMED 4268WClinical Nuclear Medicine II - Writing Intensive3
NUCMED 4269Clinical Nuclear Medicine III1
NUCMED 4299Morphological Correlations in Nuclear Medicine II3
NUCMED 4300Advanced Procedures3
NUCMED 4330PET in Nuclear Medicine3
NUCMED 4327Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation3
NUCMED 4329Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Medicine3
NUCMED 4939Nuclear Clinical Internship I2
NUCMED 4940Nuclear Clinical Internship II6
NUCMED 4941Nuclear Clinical Internship III7
RA_SCI 3160Radiologic Physics *3
RA_SCI 4110Sectional Anatomy *3
RA_SCI 4150Computed Tomography: Physics and Procedures *6
CDS 4328Radiation Safety and Biology4
CDS 4460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications II3
CDS 4480Clinical Ethics3
or PHIL 2440 Medical Ethics
or HLTH_SCI 4480 Clinical Ethics
or HLTH_SCI 4480W Clinical Ethics - Writing Intensive
CDS 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3

Denotes courses in which a grade of C- is accepted.

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
PSYCH 10003ENGLSH 10003 
MATH 1100 or 14003COMMUN 12003 
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
5CHEM 13204 
Humanities3PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
 14 15  
Second Year
STAT 1200, 1300, or ESC_PS 41703MPP 32025 
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003CDS 21903 
PHYSCS 121042000-level or higher Approved Nuclear Medicine Elective3 
CHEM 13304Behavioral/Social Science 3 
CDS 4955W or HLTH_SCI 3900W32000+ level Humanities 3 
 17 17  
Third Year
CDS 43284CDS 34603CDS 44603
NUCMED 32552CDS 4480, PHIL 2440, or HLTH_SCI 44803NUCMED 42323
NUCMED 32633NUCMED 32562NUCMED 49392
NUCMED 43273NUCMED 42993 
RA_SCI 31603NUCMED 43293 
 15 14 8
Fourth Year
CDS 49853NUCMED 42691 
NUCMED 4268W3NUCMED 43303 
NUCMED 49406NUCMED 49417 
RA_SCI 41103RA_SCI 41506 
 15 17  
Total Credits: 132

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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.

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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