Saint Joseph’s University offers the only Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate of its kind in Central Pennsylvania. Designed for students who hold a college degree, this certificate program will provide you with the skills and preparation necessary to become a successful nuclear medicine technologist.
Associate Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Saint Joseph’s University offers the only Associate Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology of its kind in Central Pennsylvania. This associate degree program will provide you with the skills and preparation necessary to become a successful nuclear medicine technologist.
You will learn how to take diagnostic images of nearly every system within the body, as well as how to operate sophisticated equipment to help doctors diagnose and treat illness. This 64-credit associate degree program can be completed in as little as two years. Complete the nuclear medicine technology associate’s degree, land a job and use tuition reimbursement offered by many healthcare organizations to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
If you already have an associate degree or higher or have completed a two-year, post-secondary allied health program, you may be eligible for our Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate.
What is Nuclear Medicine Technology?
Nuclear medicine technology is a specialty within radiology that uses radioactive materials to make diagnostic images of nearly every system within the body. It can demonstrate function, whereas many other areas of radiology often show only structure. Nuclear medicine technologists operate highly sophisticated equipment to help doctors diagnose and treat illnesses. Nuclear medicine also provides personalized treatments and therapy.
What Sets Our Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Apart
Hands-On Learning in the First & Only Learning Space of its Kind in the Lancaster Area
You’ll feel like you’re on the job from day one at Lancaster’s newest and most advanced clinical simulation lab. You’ll observe a wide range of exams and invasive procedures and experience hands-on learning with simulation labs and clinical placements.
The Center for Excellence in Practice Simulation Center is a 20,000-square-foot facility made up of 24 rooms, including an intensive care unit and five conference rooms. This simulation center is the first and only learning space of its kind in the Lancaster area. With simulation-based education, you’ll work with students from other programs in realistic simulations that mirror real-life healthcare settings.
Three Semesters of Clinical Experience Your Second Year
You are guaranteed three semesters of clinical experience at premier locations in Pennsylvania during your second year. You’ll have the opportunity to experience working in clinical settings with expert faculty, helping transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom to in-person patient experiences. You will learn critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving by engaging in realistic scenarios staged in real-world medical environments.
Taught by Experienced Faculty in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Students in the nuclear medicine technology associate program will learn from and work alongside faculty who have a breadth of experience working in nuclear medicine technology.
Graduate Rate, Certification Exam Pass Rate and Job Placement Rate
Graduate achievement data is an indicator of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals. The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available on the JRCNMT website by clicking on the following link: Graduate Achievement Report
Why Study Nuclear Medicine Technology in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is home to top-tier hospitals, clinics, research centers and therapy centers seeking nuclear medicine technologists, including:
- Lancaster General Hospital
- Penn State Hershey Medical Center
- Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
- Meritus Medical Center
- St. Luke’s University Health Network
- WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
- WellSpan York Hospital
- Cardinal Health
Our nuclear medicine technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
Saint Joseph's University – Lancaster’s tuition structure includes both per-credit tuition and program-specific fees.
The cost of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Associate Degree is $670 per credit for the 2023-2024 academic year.
In addition to the per-credit rate, there are also program-specific fees for the following courses:
- When a student enrolls in NMT 211, they will be responsible for paying a fee totaling $4,185
- When a student enrolls in NMT 212, they will be responsible for paying a fee totaling $4,185
For a detailed breakdown and additional information, visit our Tuition & Fees page.
Students enrolled in the nuclear medicine technology associate program must complete a total of 960 clinical hours.
Course Credits BIO 175 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 CSS 101 - College Seminar 3 ENG 100 - English Composition 3 MAT 160 - College Algebra 3 Elective 3 Total Credits 16
Course Credits BIO 176 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 CHE 100 - General Chemistry I 3 PHY 150 - Physics 3 SOC 100 or SOC 200 - Intro to Soc or Cultural Diversity 3 Elective 3 Total Credits 16
Total Year One Credits: 32
Course Credits HSC 100 - Medical Terminology 1 HSC 101 - Methods of Patient Care 1 NMT 201 - Nuclear Medicine Theory I 4 NMT 211 - Nuclear Medicine Clinical I 5 PHI 210 - Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences 1 Total Credits 12
Course Credits HSC 195 - Cross-Sectional Anatomy 1 NMT 202 - Nuclear Medicine Theory II 6 NMT 212 - Nuclear Medicine Clinical II 5 Total Credits 12
Summer Session I & II Combined
Course Credits NMT 203 - Nuclear Medicine Theory III 1 NMT 213 - Nuclear Medicine Internship 6 Total Credits 8
Total Year Two Credits: 32
Total Program Credits: 64
On Average, How Much Do Nuclear Medicine Technologists Make?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a nuclear medicine technologist in 2022 is $85,300.
1. To be considered for admission, you must have graduated from an approved secondary school (or be on track to graduate), received a diploma from an accredited home school association or earned a GED.
2. High school or post-secondary college-level courses must include the following:
- At least four units of English
- At least three units of Social Sciences
- At least three units of Mathematics (Two (2) of which are at least the level of Algebra)
- Two (2) units of Science with a related laboratory or an equivalent (One (1) of which must be biology).
3. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0-point scale in secondary or post-secondary education (whichever is more recent). However, the GPA requirement can be different depending on specific program requirements. Please see our undergraduate requirements or reach out to the Office of Admission for additional information.
4. A high school transcript with an official school stamp or an official GED transcript is also required. High school transcripts must include courses completed through your junior year as well as courses in progress during your senior year. If you’ve attended any post-secondary institutions, official transcripts for those institutions are required as well.
Additional Admission Factors for Consideration*:
In addition to the required items above, the admission team will consider the following factors when making an admission decision:
- Class rank
- Academic performance in post-secondary science and math courses
- Community service
- Healthcare-related service
To apply for this program, complete an application online. SAT and/or ACT scores are optional but you can submit them if you think they’ll strengthen your application.
There is no application deadline for this program. Here are recommended application submission dates:
February 1 – recommended application submission for Fall semester
August 1 – recommended application submission for Spring semester
Saint Joseph’s accepts students on a year-round basis, so any applications received after these dates will be considered for the next applicable semester. Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding space availability.
If you are not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:
- Satisfy general admission requirements
- Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey
Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT instead of the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.
Transfer credit may be awarded for previous coursework. A course must meet the following requirements to be considered for transfer to Saint Joseph’s University’s Lancaster campus:
- Undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or above
- Graduate courses with a grade of “B” or above (Pass/Fail grades are not eligible for transfer credit)
- Must be from a regionally or programmatically accredited institution
- The coursework must match the course offered at Saint Joseph’s University
- Some programs have a time limit for specific courses
Saint Joseph’s is a military-friendly institution and offers assistance and services to veterans and their dependents who are utilizing educational benefits. Benefits include:
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserves
- Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserves (REAP) (*if eligible, must be utilized by November 25, 2019)
- Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)