The A.S. Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at FHCHS is in the process of transitioning to a baccalaureate degree to meet the needs of the profession. The Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section (SNMTS) has proposed that the B.S. degree become the standard for entry-level technologists by 2015 due to the expanding knowledge base that will be required to understand the emerging technologies in molecular imaging and therapy. In addition, there is an increased need to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills due to a changing workplace.
The SNMTS selected FHCHS to serve as a pilot program in this transition. The program was selected due to its longstanding programmatic accreditation, faculty involvement with professional organizations, and strong administrative support. The Program Director, Joe Hawkins states, “We are honored to be one of only three programs in the country to be selected. The move towards a B.S. degree will be a benefit to our students and to their future employers.”
The transition is currently in progress and the first class will be admitted in Spring of 2011 with classes beginning in the fall of that same year. Prerequisite courses for the program include: English Composition I and II; Anatomy and Physiology I and II; College Algebra; and Introduction to Applied Statistics or Elementary Statistics. Students will begin the program in the Fall of 2011 as second year students. The first B.S. class will graduate in Spring of 2014. View the complete curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
Students interested in pursuing a career in nuclear medicine should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 407-303-7742 or speak to a member of the nuclear medicine faculty.