About Our Degrees

Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) is one of the diagnostic imaging modalities. It is not x-ray, CT imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, or ultrasound. Nuclear medicine procedures use small amounts of radioactive materials to study the function of the internal organs. A smaller aspect of the work is radionuclide therapy. The nuclear medicine technologist is a highly skilled individual who, in conjunction with the physician, either directs or participates in the daily operation of the nuclear medicine department. The responsibilities are varied but include three major roles: technical skills, patient care, and administrative functions.

The University at Buffalo Nuclear Medicine Technology Program prepares entry-level technologists through an interdisciplinary curriculum of basic science study and clinical education. In the freshman and sophomore year, students take math and science prerequisite courses for NMT and general education courses. In the junior year, students take the basic science of nuclear medicine courses (eleven courses totaling 27 credit hours). Students have clinical internships and nuclear medicine courses in the senior year.

Twelve students are accepted into the program (as juniors) each year.

Acceptance Criteria
Applications to the program should be made by January 15th in the sophomore year. A minimum GPA of 2.0 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite science and mathematics courses is necessary for consideration for admission into the program. Decisions regarding acceptance are made towards the end of February. Note: If a student has more than one course to complete in the summer - they are not considered eligible.

Acceptance Information
Number of applicants/year: 20+
Number of accepted majors/year: 12
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 22

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Facilities

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program utilizes the following sites for clinical training experience:
  • Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates
  • Buffalo Medical Group
  • CRS Nuclear
  • Erie County Medical Center
  • Kaleida Health's Buffalo General Medical Center
  • Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Mount Saint Mary's Hospital
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital
  • Suburban Cardiology
  • Strong Memorial Hospital/Rochester, NY
  • VA Western New York Healthcare System
  • Windsong Radiology, PC

About Our Courses

Most NMT courses are reserved for majors. Students interested in learning more about the field of nuclear medicine are encouraged to take NMD 210 Introduction to NMT, which is offered in the fall semester.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Department of Nuclear Medicine and the NMT Program come from diverse backgrounds. The faculty includes physicists, chemists, pharmacists, radiopharmacists, physicians, computer scientists and technologists.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Internship
Students spend four days a week both semesters of the senior year in clinical rotations. Each student has two 10-week rotations in a hospital nuclear medicine department and a series of short rotations, which include but are not limited to, radiopharmacy, Children's Hospital, several sites with Positron Emission Tomography, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and a cardiology office that performs nuclear cardiology.

Extracurricular Activities

See the UB Student Association.

Complimentary Programs and Courses

Students that have time in their schedules are encouraged to minor in Management, Computer Science, or Chemistry; however, having a minor is not a requirement either for graduation or for employment after graduation. Business administration courses are also recommended.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: January 18 2017 10:18:53