Program Description

PROFESSION
Nuclear medicine uses radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. This medical specialty provides information about both the structure and the function of virtually every major organ system within the body. Nuclear medicine procedures are safe, involve little or no patient discomfort, and do not require the use of anesthesia. The nuclear medicine technologist is responsible for preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals; performing patient-imaging procedures; accomplishing computer processing and image enhancement; analyzing biologic specimens; and providing images, data analysis, and patient information for diagnostic interpretation by the physician health care team member.

Program Website

Program Length

8 quarters (2 years)

Possible Careers

Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Hospital Administration, Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), and Research

Application Deadlines

October 2 to August 15 (priority deadline April 16)

Admissions Requirements

Program Requirements
Applicants are required to complete a background check and possess a current Health Care Provider CPR card offered by the American Heart Association upon admission into the program, adhere to the Program’s professional code of conduct. Students at some clinical sites may need a drug test. Complete an approved EKG course prior to starting clinical rotations.

Admission Requirements
Admission to this program is dependent on the student fulfilling certain educational requirements, completing career observation experience, and submitting transcripts and letters of recommendation.

  • Prerequisite courses met
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • 8 hours of observation in Nuclear Medicine is required prior to the interview
  • Interview

Prerequisites

HUMANITIES (16 quarter/11 semester units min.)

  • Choose a minimum of three areas from: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation/history
  • Eight units of religion are included in the BSNM program

NATURAL SCIENCES (12 quarter/8 semester units min.)

  • Chemistry (Intro or General) with lab (one class). Chemistry for non-science majors is not accepted
  • Intro or General Physics with lab (one course)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence [2 courses])
  • College Algebra (Statistics not accepted)
  • Medical Terminology

SOCIAL SCIENCES (12 quarter/8 semester units min.)

  • General Psychology (4 quarter-units/3 semester-units) required
  • Choose remaining units from the following areas: sociology anthropology, economics, and geography

COMMUNICATION (9 quarter/6 semester units min.)

  • Freshman Composition, complete sequence (required)
  • Oral Communication

HEALTH AND WELLNESS (2 quarter/1.5 semester units min.)

  • Physical Education (2 activities)
  • Health or Nutrition

ELECTIVES (to meet minimum total of 96 quarter-units/ 64 semester-units)

PLEASE NOTE: “C minus” grades are not transferable for credit

Observation Experience
A minimum of 8 hours of career observation (volunteer/employee) in a Nuclear Medicine Department is required. The observation form is located online (www.llu.edu) under School of Allied Health Professions, under “forms”. Print it out and take it with you to the facility you will be observing.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, and the Radiologic Health Branch of the Department of Health Services.

The nuclear medicine technology program at Loma Linda University is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 820 W. Danforth Rd, #B1 / Edmond, OK 73003; phone 405-285-0546; mail@jrcnmt.org; www.jrcnmt.org. This program is currently on probation but it is accredited. For more information go to JRCNMT online directory of accredited programs and read the accreditation letter linked to the program’s directory listing (https://www.jrcnmt.org/find-a-program/).

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2022-2023

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $29,700 $34,425 $8,775
Fees $3,000 $4,000 $1,000
Books & Supplies $2,990 $1,313 $328
Instruments
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $35,690 $39,738 $10,103

Notes

The cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2022-2023, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 12 3
Room & Board $14,985 $19,980 $4,995
Transportation $2,880 $3,840 $960
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000 $750

Notes

  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.