Nuclear Medicine

What to expect from a career working with Nuclear Medicine

Images and scans of bones, organs and tissues are vital in helping doctors detect diseases and other health issues. Working directly with patients and doctors, nuclear medicine technologists are trained to administer the necessary radiopharmaceuticals (substances that release gamma rays) to take and analyze scans, analyze biological specimens and process image data. Ontario college nuclear medicine programs provide students with the hands-on training and scientific knowledge needed to work in this specialized medical field.

If you want to work with cutting-edge technology in the field of nuclear medicine, here’s what you need to know.

Nuclear Medicine Courses

Nuclear medicine programs at Ontario colleges teach students to use the technology and equipment required for taking images of bones, organs and tissues and mapping the function of organs, cells and other human physiological systems.

Courses provide in-depth knowledge of anatomy, pharmacology and radiopharmacy. Working with imaging technology, students complete simulated lab experiences that test their ability to administer scans to detect diseases or anomalies in a variety of organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidney, lungs and more.

Programs typically include clinical field placements, which allow students to apply what they’ve learned in class and during clinical simulations and also to gain experience working as part of an important health care team.

Nuclear Medicine Program Requirements

Ontario college nuclear medicine programs require a minimum of one year of university education that includes specific science courses. On top of this, a grade 12 U-level credit in chemistry is also required. Check program requirements carefully.

Nuclear Medicine Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of nuclear medicine programs will find positions as nuclear medicine technologists. In this position, you will gather and analyze important medical information, monitor tumours and other diseases and perform imaging tests that help detect diseases.

Jobs are available in a number of settings, including (but not limited to):

  • Research labs
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Educational institutions
  • Teaching hospitals

Nuclear medicine technologists are in a very specialized field, and as a result, make on average $60,000 or more each year. Positions may pay slightly less when starting off, but are typically still quite high.

Ontario Colleges Offering Nuclear Medicine Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of nuclear medicine programs at Ontario colleges. Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

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