Nuclear Medicine Technology (Discontinued)
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Contact: Michele Tertel, Program Manager • • 301.624.2845 Admissions: Student Center (H106D) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Linganore Hall (L106) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Student Center (H106C) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Michele Tertel, Program Manager
301.624.2845

1Apply

This program has been discontinued and is no longer available to new students

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: Nursing, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Nuclear Medicine Technology A.A.S. Degree The Nuclear Medicine Technology A.A.S. Degree Program has been discontinued. New students may no longer enroll in the program.

Nuclear medicine technologists operate equipment that detects and maps radioactive trace materials put into a patient’s body to create diagnostic images. The images are produced on a computer screen or film for diagnosis by the healthcare team. Nuclear medicine can be used to obtain information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system of the body.

In order to meet the new demands within the field accepted students will dedicate three (3) semesters or 12 months to the NMT curriculum and the two (2) semesters (6 months) to the dedicated CT curriculum. Upon completion students will earn an AAS in Nuclear Medicine Technology and a certificate in Computed Tomography. Graduates will be qualified to take the national certification exams for nuclear medicine technology and the post primary certification in Computed Tomography. The combination of focus meets the expanding needs of nuclear medicine technology that includes dual modality imaging. Prerequisites for this program include EN 101, BI 103, BI 104, CH 101, MA 130, MA 206, PY 101 and MDA 108. All courses require a grade of “C” or better. 

Current students can reference the curriculum pathway here: 
Nuclear_Medicine_Technology_AAS_Pathway_2018

Graduate outcomes are indicators of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals.  Programmatic graduate outcomes data reported on the JRCNMT website include: 5-year time period of current report; graduation rate; ARRT credentialing success; NMTCB credentialing success and job placement rate.
 

Graduate Outcomes Report

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Fall Cohort Only

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System. 

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

Gen Ed Core EN 101 English Composition   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core MA 130 College Algebra   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core CHI 101 General Chemistry   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement MDA 108 Medical Terminology   1 Credit
PE/Health PE/Health Requirement   1/3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

Departmental Requirement BI 103 Anatomy & Physiology   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement MA 206 Elementary Statistics   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement PY 101 Survey of Physics   3 Credits
Gen Ed Core PS 101 General Psychology   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer)

Departmental Requirement BI 104 Anatomy & Physiology   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement CMSP 105 Group Discussion   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

Departmental Requirement NM 100 Physics and Radiation Safety in Nuclear Medicine Technology   5 Credits
Departmental Requirement NM 102 Nuclear Medicine Technology   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement NM 103 Nuclear Medicine Techniques I   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement NM 104 Clinical Nuclear Medicine   1 Credit

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

Departmental Requirement NM 105 Nuclear Medicine Techniques II   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement NM 107 Instrumentation and Computers in Nuclear Medicine Technology   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement NM 202 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II   2 Credits
Departmental Requirement NM 203 Radiopharmacy and Radiation Chemistry   2 Credits

6Recommended Sixth Semester (Summer)

Departmental Requirement NM 204 Clinical Nuclear Medicine III   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement NM 205 Professional Development in Nuclear Medicine   2 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

Enrollment in the clinical portion of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program is based on selective admission. 

CLINICAL SITES: 

  • Frederick Memorial Hospital 
  • Baltimore Washington Medical Center
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital 
  • Washington Adventist Hospital
  • Medstar Montgomery Medical Center 
  • Union Memorial Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Chambersburg Hospital 
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • Northwest Hospital 
  • Community Radiology (Frederick and Olney)

NOTE: All clinical sites and employers require criminal background checks.


The program prepares students as entry-level nuclear medicine technologists in a specialized area of diagnostic imaging which includes both body structure and function. Nuclear medicine technologists perform procedures to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Recently the nuclear medicine field has expanded to include molecular imaging using positron emission tomography (PET), and fusion imaging using hybrid scanners, such as PET/CT and SPECT/CT.  In order to meet the new demands within the field accepted student will dedicate three (3) semesters or 12 months to the NMT curriculum and the two (2) semesters (6 months) to the dedicated CT curriculum.

Courses are dispersed evenly into three semesters to complete prerequisites for entrance into the program.

Nuclear medicine technologists operate equipment that detects and maps radioactive trace materials put into a patient’s body to create diagnostic images. The images are produced on a computer screen or film for diagnosis by the healthcare team. Nuclear medicine can be used to obtain information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system of the body.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a major diagnostic imaging modality used in determining the presence and severity of cancers, neurological conditions, and cardiovascular disease. It is currently the most effective way to check for cancer recurrences.

PET images demonstrate the chemistry of organs and other tissues such as tumors. A radiopharmaceutical, such as FDG (fluorodeoxyglucose), which includes both sugar (glucose) and a radionuclide (a radioactive element) that gives off signals, is injected into the patient, and its emissions are measured by a PET scanner.

CT uses X-ray and computer to obtain a cross-sectional image of the human body. When X-rays are irradiated on the human body, some of the rays are absorbed and some pass through the body to produce an image.  In plain X-ray imaging, the film directly absorbs penetrated X-rays. In CT scanning, an electronic device called a "detector array" absorbs the penetrated X-rays, measures the X-ray amount, and transmits the data to a computer system. A sophisticated computer system, in turn, calculates and analyzes data from each detector in each level, and finally reconstructs multiple, two-dimensional, cross-sectional images.

The program combines scientific research techniques with hands-on application in classroom and clinical environments. Students learn from imaging professionals who bring real-world experience to the classroom.
 
Graduates may work in hospitals, physicians’ offices and diagnostic imaging centers. Upon completion students will earn an AAS in Nuclear Medicine Technology and a Certificate in Computed Tomography.   Graduates will be qualified to take the national certification exams for nuclear medicine technology and the post primary certification in Computed Tomography. The combination of focus meets the expanding needs of nuclear medicine technology that includes dual modality imaging.  The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
 
FCC’s Nuclear Medicine Technology program teaches students:

  • skills for patient care,
  • diagnostic and therapeutic procedures,
  • radiation safety,
  • radiopharmacy,
  • instrumentation,
  • quality control,
  • manipulation of clinical data, and
  • how to perform phlebotomy.

 

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Perform all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards.
  • Produce images providing optimal information obtained with appropriate technique.
  • Communicate in a professional, positive, and tactful manner with patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare and non-healthcare employees, as well as fellow clinical personnel.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of one’s responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and notify appropriate personnel.
  • Assume responsibility for one’s work and for professional development.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving in making decisions about imaging exams.
  • Abide to the guidelines set forth by the Patient Bill of Rights.
  • Adhere to the SNMTS Code of Ethics in professional practice.

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2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate Program has been discontinued. New students may no longer enroll in the program.

Current students can reference the curriculum pathway here:
Nuclear_Medicine_Technology_Cert_Pathway_2018

Graduate outcomes are indicators of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals.  Programmatic graduate outcomes data reported on the JRCNMT website include: 5-year time period of current report; graduation rate; ARRT credentialing success; NMTCB credentialing success and job placement rate.


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Graduate Outcomes Report
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

NM 100 Physics and Radiation Safety in Nuclear Medicine Technology   5 Credits
NM 102 Nuclear Medicine Technology   3 Credits
NM 103 Nuclear Medicine Techniques I   4 Credits
NM 104 Clinical Nuclear Medicine   1 Credit

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

NM 105 Nuclear Medicine Techniques II   3 Credits
NM 107 Instrumentation and Computers in Nuclear Medicine Technology   4 Credits
NM 202 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II   2 Credits
NM 203 Radiopharmacy and Radiation Chemistry   2 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Fall)

NM 204 Clinical Nuclear Medicine III   4 Credits
NM 205 Professional Development in Nuclear Medicine   2 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Perform all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory, and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards.
  • Produce images providing optimal information obtained with appropriate technique.
  • Communicate in a professional, positive, and tactful manner with patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare and non-healthcare employees, as well as fellow clinical personnel.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of one’s responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and notify appropriate personnel.
  • Assume responsibility for one’s work and for professional development.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving in making decisions about imaging exams.
  • Abide to the guidelines set forth by the Patient Bill of Rights.
  • Adhere to the SNMTS Code of Ethics in professional practice.

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2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

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* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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