COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Note: Students are not accepted into this program until they receive an official
acceptance letter from the Health Sciences Admissions office.
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
Health and Sciences Division
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
FAX: (630) 858-5409
Thank you for your interest in the Nuclear Medicine program at College of DuPage. This packet of
information has been developed to provide you with a complete overview of our program, including
the process for admission.
Although Nuclear Medicine is considered an Advanced Certificate program, it is highly advised that
students follow the recommended course sequence listed in this packet.
The application and all materials must be received by March 1, 2013, in order to be reviewed by the
Nuclear Medicine Technology Admissions Committee.
If you have any questions, or I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at
(630) 942-3065, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne Metler, MS, CNMT, PET
The primary goal of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program is to educate students with didactic, laboratory and
clinical experiences in preparation for a health career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. The graduate will deliver
compassionate patient care in the use of radiopharmaceuticals and imaging technique, and function as an integral
member of the health team with competence and confidence.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY
Nuclear Medicine is the scientific and clinical discipline involving the diagnostic, therapeutic and investigative use of
radionuclides. The skills of the Nuclear Medicine Technologist are important to the Nuclear Medicine physician, other
health professionals and especially the patient.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists perform the following: attend to patient needs; abstract data from patient records;
calculate doses for In Vivo and In Vitro studies; prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals; operate scanning
equipment, perform computer acquisition and analysis of patient studies; and assist the physician when using
NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
The Nuclear Medicine Technology program is a 15-month program. Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays during
the first summer semester, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters, and Wednesdays during the final
summer semester. Some laboratories during winter semester may occur on sequential Fridays. The clinical education
component is conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the assigned clinical affiliate (hospital) from August
through May, and on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the final summer semester. The clinical hours
generally run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students report to the clinical affiliate on the assigned days. Unless by mutual
consent, students are not usually assigned to affiliates more than 45 miles from the College's main campus. The student
must be able to provide transportation to and from the college and clinical sites.
The program delivers more than 500 hours of classroom and lab learning activities. More than 1,200 hours of clinical
education is provided over the entire 15-month sequence. The Nuclear Medicine program is accredited by the Joint Review
Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology. In addition, the following recognizes the Nuclear Medicine
American College of Radiology
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society of Clinical Pathologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Society of Nuclear Medicine
Society of Nuclear Medicine - Technologist Section
American Medical Association
Upon successful completion of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the
certification exams administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American
Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).
LONG DISTANCE PROGRAM
The Nuclear Medicine program offers a Long Distance program for students living in the following areas: Rockford,
Sterling, Kankakee, Champaign, Mattoon and Effingham. The Long Distance program allows these students to attend the
college for the classroom portion (generally weekends) and obtain clinical training at hospitals in the selected communities.
Note: The Long Distance program is contingent upon available clinical sites and the minimum required number of
students. Students enrolled in the Long Distance program will have a custom schedule set up for both didactic and clinical,
depending on enrollment and clinical space.
The program can admit only a limited number of students. The number of students selected is determined by the current
availability of clinical sites. Students will only attend sites that can provide adequate supervision and an appropriate
learning environment. In the event that the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available clinical spaces,
the selection will be made via the Merit Evaluation criteria, which is included in this brochure. An Admissions Committee,
consisting of hospital and college personnel, will oversee the selection process. The selection process has been established
to admit the most qualified students.
In order to determine the most qualified students, a Merit Evaluation Form is completed of a student’s prior-earned college
coursework or equivalent. Merit points are awarded for the following: college grade point average, college credit hours,
specific course grade average, Allied Health Aptitude test, patient care experience, communication with program director
and date of application.
PSB-HOAE – Health Occupations Aptitude Examination – All applicants MUST take the PSB-HOAE Aptitude
Examination prior to application to the program. Applicants are only allowed to take the examination once per
application year and twice in a lifetime at College of DuPage. Students are encouraged to register early due to
limited seats per session. Contact the Testing Center at (630) 942-2400 to register for a date to take the
aptitude test. A $30 non-refundable fee will be collected at the time of the test. Payment can be made on the day of
the test by check or money order only. No cash or credit cards will be accepted on the day of the test. If you wish to
use a credit card, you may contact the Testing Center BEFORE the day of the test to pay over the phone.
The qualified student who has two years of direct patient contact work experience, the highest point total and resides in-
district will be appointed first, with the remainder in order of their merit point totals until all spaces are filled. Those
students not admitted but who are eligible, will be placed on an alternate list. Students will be admitted in rank order with
the student who has the highest number of points being appointed first.
The Admissions Committee meets immediately following the March 1 application deadline. Letters of acceptance are then
sent by certified mail to each applicant who has been named by the Admissions Committee. Each applicant must in turn,
acknowledge their acceptance of appointment in writing (on a provided form) and return it by certified mail to the college.
The applicant is given two weeks to respond. If no response is received, then appointments are made from the waiting list
according to rank order on the Merit Evaluation. Each applicant who accepts appointment to the program MUST attend
the Program Orientation. Information concerning the Program Orientation is included in the letter of acceptance.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION
Prior credits earned at institutions outside the continental United States must be translated and evaluated in detail for credit
that is acceptable to College of DuPage. In addition, English 1101 and 1102 (Composition) and Speech 1100 must be
completed prior to application deadline, as well as all other requirements listed on the next page in order to be considered for
admission. Evaluation forms can be obtained at www.ece.org.
POLICY REGARDING OUT-OF-DISTRICT APPLICANTS
Qualified applicants who are residents of College of DuPage District 502 are given preference when seeking admission to
An alternate list will be established for qualified applicants residing in the above districts. Applicants from this list will be
considered for admission to the program based on their Merit Evaluation scores after the resident alternate list is
STATEMENT OF HEALTH
Applicants admitted to any health program must complete and submit a physical history and physical examination,
certifying that their health status will allow them to safely pursue the educational objectives of the Nuclear Medicine
Technology program. The physical examination must include TB skin tests or chest X-ray and rubella and rubeola titers to
determine immunity. If no immunity exists, the student must obtain appropriate vaccinations. The Hepatitis B vaccine is also
required. The health examination is completed at the student’s expense. College of DuPage has contracted with Edward
Corporate Health (ECH) to assure compliance of students’ medical requirements. Please print out the Health
Requirements packet and take it to your scheduled appointment.
Students with chronic medical problems or physical limitations are required to submit a current health status
relating to their specific condition. The statement should include the physician's assessment as to the student's
ability to meet the program objectives and the current medications the student is required to take for health
MANDATORY DRUG TESTING: POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Students accepted into the Nuclear Medicine Technology program are subject to mandatory drug testing (annually)
upon acceptance, performed at the student’s expense in accordance with college policy.
STATEMENT ON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE
Malpractice insurance is required and is included in the clinical education tuition costs on an annual basis. Students
must be officially registered and listed on the instructor’s class roster to be covered by the malpractice insurance.
STATEMENT ON TRANSPORTATION
Students are responsible for finding their own transportation to and from the college and clinical site. No special
accommodations will be made for students with transportation problems.
STUDENTS ON HEALTH AND PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE
All students must have a signed acknowledgement of the Discipline Procedure (attached) on file with the Nuclear
Medicine Technology program upon admission. Students will also receive specific rules and policies for the
Nuclear Medicine Technology program to sign upon admission.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S., and if you have any questions or concerns
regarding your eligibility to work/participate in the PTA program clinical practicums or your eligibility to apply for
the state PTA licensure examination, please contact the International Student office, OCC 123, (630) 942-3328,
STATEMENT ON MEDICAL CARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE
Students are responsible for their own medical care and health insurance while in the program. Students
must possess health care insurance in order to train at the clinical affiliate. The student is responsible for any
costs that may be incurred related to personal injuries he/she may acquire while performing routine activities at the
clinical affiliate. The affiliating clinical facility and/or College of DuPage cannot be held liable for such injuries.
Students may contact the Health and Special Services office for information on available health insurance. Students
are required to provide evidence of current health insurance coverage.
All students applying for the summer class of 2013 must have the necessary paperwork and prerequisites completed by
August 2, 2013. It is the student’s responsibility to oversee this process, and inform the Program Coordinator of all courses
that might be completed in Spring 2013, and Summer 2013. If the Program Coordinator is not informed, it will be assumed
that the prerequisite has not been met.
APPLICATION CHECK LIST
Complete a College of DuPage Admission Form online or in person in the Admissions office, SSC
2207. This is an admission form for the College of DuPage only; it is not an application to the Nuclear
Medicine program. You must complete this form before applying to a specific program within the
college. If you have taken courses at College of DuPage previously, you have already completed this
Complete the Health Sciences Application for Admission online. If you completed the online
application in Step 1, use your same login information. If you applied in person or cannot remember
your login information, you can create a new account. On the second page of the online application,
select Nuclear Medicine. NOTE: You MUST submit the application online. At the time of submission,
you MUST pay a $50 non-refundable Health Sciences Application fee online with a credit card.
Request official transcripts from any schools attended be sent directly to the College of DuPage
Records office, SRC 2015, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599, (630) 942-3838. Fill out the
Health Sciences Program Evaluation Form to ensure related coursework toward your degree will be
evaluated and then sent to the Admissions office from other colleges and College of DuPage. Students
educated outside the U.S. must have transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis by Educational
Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 17499, Milwaukee, WI 53127 USA. Forms may be obtained from the
Records office, SRC 2015 or at: www.ece.org.
Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 and only grades of “C” or above in any of the prerequisites are accepted.
Completion of the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (PSB-HOAE) with a minimum grade of 50 percent in all
categories. Visit www.psbtests.com for sample questions.
Completion of the Math Placement Test with a minimum score of 62 if your completion of college algebra is
greater than five years old. Send results to the College of Du Page Admissions office, SSC 2207.
Verification of any Professional Certification (i.e. CPR for Healthcare Providers card, EMT license, proof of
CNA, RT license or any other allied health certification.)
Documentation of two years of direct patient contact work OR completion of the following Health Sciences
courses: HLTHS 1110, Biomedical Terminology and Fire Science 2271, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic-
EMT-B or Certified Nursing Assistant, or Phlebotomy with clinical training and certification. Send documentation
to the College of DuPage Admissions office, SRC 2046.
Mandatory attendance at a group Advising Session AND/OR communication with the program coordinator. An
Advising Session schedule for all Health Sciences program is available at on the Health Sciences Admissions web site.
Two letters of recommendation sent to College of DuPage Admissions office, SSC 2207.
Complete a Criminal Background Check. CertifiedBackground.com is a background check service that
allows students to purchase their own background checks. The results of a background check are posted to
the CertifiedBackground.com web site in a secure, tamper-proof environment, where the students, as well as
the program coordinator can view the background check. To order your background check, please follow the
1. Go to www.CertifiedBackground.com and click on “Students.”
2. In the Package Code box, enter package code: OL85
3. Select a method of payment: Visa, MasterCard or Money Order
Once your order is submitted, you will receive a password via email to view the results of your
background check. The results will be available in approximately 48 to 72 hours.
All of the following prerequisite coursework must be completed or equivalent experience/coursework validated prior to
Associate’s degree or higher.
o 2 years direct patient contact work or training or see below for equivalent. *(see next
Students enrolled in the 3+1 programs with Lewis University and Elmhurst College must
complete the 3 years of the required Biology Degree curriculum prior to admission.
Prerequisite Science & Mathematics Core
a) Chemistry 1211 of 1551 laboratory
b) Math 1431 or 1428 college algebra
c) Physics 1100 general physics with
d) Biology 1100 or 1151, Biology with laboratory
A& P 1551, 1552 or 1571, 1572 human anatomy and
General Prerequisite or Program
e) Humanities Humanities course
f) f)HLTHS 1110, Biomedical Terminology medical
g) English 1101, 1102, Speech 1100 oral and written
h. Social Science Course social science
COMPASS Math Placement Test (if college algebra > five years, minimum score of 62) This is not a replacement test for
College Algebra or higher.
Equivalent coursework may be substituted for the above courses. Students may demonstrate competency in
postsecondary coursework as permitted by institutional policy. The Nuclear Medicine program coordinator, the
Nuclear Medicine Admissions Committee, and/or the college Records office can determine course equivalency.
*Possible Eligibility for Applicants Without Two Years of Direct Patient Contact
Applications from individuals who do not fully meet all conditions relative to two years of direct patient contact work
experience, but meet ALL other requirements, may be eligible for appointment if the following conditions are met:
Successful completion of the one of the following Health Sciences course sequences listed below TO INCLUDE
CLINICAL AND CERTIFICATION for any student without two years of direct patient contact work:
Health Sciences Course Sequences ( one of the following 3 or equivalent competency:
1) Fire Science 2271, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
2) HLTHS 1105, Certified Nursing Assistant
3) HLTHS 1122, 1124, Phlebotomy
Any circumstance that may arise regarding student admission that is not included in current program policies
may be presented to the Admissions Committee for consideration.
You are reminded that the Nuclear Medicine Technology program has a limited enrollment (15 students) and
an early admission deadline – March 1 of each year.
ALL CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO THE NUCLEAR MEDICINE
TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM MUST BE COMPLETED OR IN PROGRESS NO
LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2013, FOR CONSIDERATION FOR 2013 ADMISSION.
STANDARD SKILLS IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY
To participate in the clinical education portion of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, the applicant must
possess additional non-academic skills. These technical standards are consistent with the duties of the entry-level
technologist in a professional position and these skills, which protect the health and well-being of patients, may
include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
2. Squat, crawl, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level using standing balance, and climb stairs.
3. Lift and carry up to 50 lbs., and exert up to 100 lbs., force or push/pull.
4. Use hands repetitively, use manual dexterity, sufficient fine motor function.
5. Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time.
6. Perform CPR
7. Travel to and from academic and clinical sites.
1. Coordinate verbal and manual instruction.
2. Auditory ability sufficient to hear verbal communication from clients and members of the health
team: includes ability to respond to emergency signals.
3. Discern soft sounds, such as those associated with taking a blood pressure.
4. Visual acuity to acquire information from documents in a chart.
5. Comfortable working in close physical proximity to patient.
1. Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other health care providers, both
verbally and in writing.
2. Effectively adapt communication for intended audience
3. Interact: establish rapport with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social,
emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
4. Assume the role of a health care team member.
5. Function effectively under supervision.
6. Sufficient command of the English language in order to read, retrieve information from lectures,
textbooks, as well as understand medical terminology.
7. Skills include computer literacy.
Problem Solving Ability
1. Function effectively under stress.
2. Respond appropriately to emergencies.
3. Adhere to infection control procedures.
4. Demonstrate problem-solving skills in patient care (measure, calculate, reason, prioritize, and
5. Use sound judgment and safety precautions.
6. Address problems or questions to the appropriate persons at the appropriate time.
7. Organize and prioritize job tasks.
Behavioral Skills and Professionalism
1. Follow policies and procedures required by academic and clinical settings.
2. Adheres to COD Professional Conduct at Clinical Sites policy.
3. Adheres to COD of Conduct (per College catalog)
4. Adheres by the guidelines set forth in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPPA, the national privacy act)
A Program Orientation session is held the first day of class. A document titled "The Program Design" is distributed to each
student. The Program Design contains all pertinent information about the program, including requirements, rules and
regulations, student recordkeeping, review of forms and procedures, grading, and evaluation, etc. Students will also find out
at this time about their first clinical rotation. Upon complete review of this document, the student will apply his/her
signature, signifying that he/she has read the document and understands its contents. The students will be apprised of
potential dangers of radiation, communicable diseases and related hazards by reading and signing a Release Form. The
students will then make arrangements with Health Services at COD for a health exam. For the first clinical rotation, the
students will be assessed a fee for Malpractice/Liability Insurance which is for 12 consecutive months and is included with
the registration fee. However, to be properly covered, the student MUST be registered for class with his/her name appearing
on the class roster for each semester. The student is not permitted to enter the clinical site unless duly enrolled at the college.
Each student will be rotated to a new clinical site at the beginning of each semester of the college calendar. This clinical
rotation provides the student with clinical experience on a variety of imaging systems. In addition to the usual clinical
rotations, each student will spend clinical time in specialty areas to include:
· In Vitro Procedures
NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM CLINICAL EDUCATION CENTERS
2012-2013 (Subject to Change)
Bolingbrook Hospital - Bolingbrook
Carle Clinic - Urbana
CGH Hospital - Sterling
*Children’s Memorial Hospital - Chicago
Edward Hospital - Naperville
Good Samaritan Hospital - Downers Grove
Hinsdale Hospital - Hinsdale
*Hot Shots Nuclear Medicine - Rockford
Jesse Brown VA Hospital - Chicago
La Grange Hospital - La Grange
*Molecular Imaging - Hinsdale
Mount Sinai Hospital - Chicago
Northwest Community Hospital - Arlington Heights
*Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago
Oak Park Hospital - Oak Park
Riverside Medical Center - Kankakee
Skokie Hospital - Skokie
Rush Presbyterian St. Luke - Chicago
Saint Alexius Medical Center - Hoffman Estates
Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital - Effingham
Sara Bush Lincoln Health Center - Mattoon
Silver Cross Hospital - Joliet
Swedish American Hospital - Rockford
*Specialty rotation one to two weeks
Program Information Disclaimer
This program information is published for that purpose only; however, the information in this packet is not to be regarded as
an irrevocable contract between the student and the program. The program reserves the right to change, at any time, without
notice, graduation requirements, fees and other charges, curriculum, course structure and content, and other such matters as
may be within its control, not withstanding any information set forth in this program information packet in accordance with
College of DuPage policies and procedures.
The college will not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, sex, national origin,
ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service,
citizenship status, use of lawful products while not at work, physical or mental handicap or disability (Board Policy 15-5).
Non-discrimination applies to all areas of the college, including the following departments: Admissions, Educational Services,
Employment, Financial Aid, Placement and Recruitment. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission
and participation in educational programs. Admissions criteria and descriptions of educational programs are available in the
college’s printed and online semester Class Schedule and college Catalog.
The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries and concerns about non-discrimination at the college:
Student Inquiries concerning Non-Discrimination Statement Employee and Visitor Inquiries
Dean of Student Services Director, Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer
Student Resource Center, Room 2044 Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2053C
(630) 942-2693 (630) 942-2460
FAX (630) 942-4027
TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) – (630) 858-9692
Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, call (630) 942-2141 (voice) or (630) 858-9692 (TDD).
NOTE: Do not call the numbers above for information about the Radiography program. Contact information for the Radiography
program is on page 2 of this packet.
Criminal Background Check Information
All health care workers and student health care workers are required to undergo a criminal background check in order to work in a
clinical setting. A student with a positive background check containing disqualifying conditions as defined by Federal and State law
will not be allowed to enter the clinical portion of the program. A student with a positive background check containing disqualifying
conditions as defined by Illinois State Law (225ILCS46/25) will not be allowed to enter the clinical portion of this program, thus
preventing the student from obtaining mandated certification and/or licensure in Nuclear Medicine Technology. The disqualifying
conditions are listed below.
NOTE: You may have been convicted and not sent to jail. People are often fined or given probation or conditional discharge
rather than jail time, but these are still considered convictions. If you are unsure as to whether an arrest resulted in a conviction,
contact the county in which you were arrested and speak to a representative in the Circuit Clerk’s office, State’s Attorney’s office or
Disqualifying Criminal Convictions
Criminal convictions (both felonies and misdemeanors) that disqualify (which means a person cannot work in a direct patient care
position with these convictions) an individual from working in a direct care position include:
Battery, domestic battery, aggravated battery
Receiving or using a debit or credit card of another, without
Financial identity theft
Theft, retail theft
Robbery, armed robbery, aggravated robbery
Burglary, residential burglary
Criminal trespass to a residence
Financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person
Murder, homicide, manslaughter
Kidnapping, child abduction
Unlawful restraint, forcible detention
Indecent solicitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a child
Tampering with food, drugs or cosmetics
Sexual assault, sexual abuse
Endangering the life or health of a child
Abuse or gross neglect of a long-term care facility resident
Criminal neglect of an elderly person
Ritual mutilation, ritualized abuse of a child
Vehicular hijacking, aggravated vehicular hijacking
Arson, aggravated arson or residential arson
Unlawful use of a weapon
Manufacture and delivery of controlled substances (drugs)
or cannabis (marijuana)
Possession with intent to deliver (either drugs or marijuana)
Illegally receiving, selling or using credit or debit cards
POLICY FOR PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AT CLINICAL SITES
Revised SPRING 2009
Socialization of students to appropriate professional conduct is a significant component of the Health Sciences Programs of
College of DuPage (the “Programs”). Students in the Programs are expected and required to be reliable and competent, exercise
sound judgment, act with a high degree of personal integrity, represent College of DuPage (the “College”) in a respectful
manner, and observe all the rules and regulations of the clinical sites to which they are assigned. Students also have a
responsibility to protect the welfare and safety of the patients/clients for whom services are being provided.
In accordance with these expectations, when assigned to clinical sites, students in the Programs must adhere to the following
Policy for Professional Conduct. This Policy is in addition to the Student Code of Conduct outlined in College catalogs and/or
policy. The Policy of Professional Conduct includes, but is not limited to,
1. Providing competent and reliable services to patients/clients using sound judgment and discretion. Students are expected to:
a. be on time
b. refrain from excessive absenteeism
c. remain in assigned work areas, leaving only with permission
d. not leave patients unattended
2. Demonstrating respect and courtesy to patients/clients and their families
3. Demonstrating respect and courtesy to instructors, supervisors and all other members of the health care provider team at the
4. Cooperating with faculty, staff and peers without insubordination
5. Providing care and/or services on a non-discriminatory basis
6. Performing only procedures and/or services authorized by supervisor(s) in accordance with accepted professional standards.
7. Observing the rules and regulations of all clinical facilities, including (but not limited to):
a. Proper use of equipment and other property
b. Not removing property of clinical facilities
c. Not distributing, possessing, and/or being under influence of illegal drugs or controlled substances,
d. Not possessing and/or being under the influence of alcohol
e. Complying with drug testing and criminal background checking requirements
f. Not possessing or using any type of weapon
8. Maintaining the confidentiality of patient/client information in accordance with recognized professional and institutional
rules; without unauthorized release and/or misuse of patient/client information or institutional data
9. Maintaining proper dress, appearance, hygiene and decorum in accordance with the standards set by the program, clinical
site, and professions
10. Complying with the ethical and professional standards set by the profession and the Programs, including (but not limited to):
a. Never taking prescription blanks or writing prescriptions
b. Never falsifying documents regarding student performance or the care of patients
The penalty for violating the Policy for Professional Conduct will be discipline up to and including suspension or dismissal from
the Programs. Due to the sequential design of the curriculum in most Health Sciences programs, any period of suspension or
dismissal may result in a delay in program completion.
If the disciplinary action is suspension or dismissal from one of the Programs, the student may appeal that disciplinary action to
the Health Sciences Professional Conduct Review Board within 10 days of the discipline imposed. This appeal must be in writing
using the Request for Professional Conduct Review form available in the Health and Sciences Division office. The form must be
submitted to the Associate Dean for Health Sciences.
The student will not be permitted to participate in the Programs during the appeal process. The appeal will result in a hearing
before the Health Sciences Professional Conduct Review Board, comprised of faculty from other COD Health Sciences programs
within 30 days of the date the appeal is filed with the Associate Dean. Both the student and faculty involved in the disciplinary
action may make an oral presentation to the Board in addition to written comments. There is no further appeal; the decision of
the Board is final. If the decision to dismiss or suspend a student from a Program is upheld, no refund of tuition or fees or
equipment or books will be provided.
College of DuPage Health Services will perform drug testing at the student’s expense. Drug testing will precede clinical
experience in all cases and will be required prior to admission in some programs. Positive results on a drug screen or
misrepresentation regarding drug use will lead to immediate dismissal from the Programs. Criminal background checks are
performed at the student’s expense, and are required for many Programs prior to admission. Positive results will be handled by
individual program faculty, as per program policies.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE CURRICULUM
BASICS OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE (DMIN 1100)
3 Credit Hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
History and evolution of Nuclear medicine as an imaging modality. Radionuclide identification, radionuclide energies and
half-lives, and commonly used radiopharmaceuticals for Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine procedures. Introduction to
Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine procedures. Patient handling techniques and nursing and laboratory procedures relating to
Nuclear Medicine. Introduction to professional medical ethics, legal issues and patient rights. Quality assurance procedures
for the radiation protection of Nuclear Medicine personnel. PREREQUISITES: Admission to the Nuclear Medicine
Technology program or certification as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist by either the American Registry of Radiologic
Technologist, (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).
PHYSICS AND INSTRUMENTATION IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE (DMIN 1101)
6 Credit Hours (4 lecture, 4 lab)
Principles of atomic structure, nomenclature and radiation. Introduction to radionuclides, physics of radiation (particulate
and non-particulate), natural and artificial radiation, calculations of radioactive decay, exponential equations, calculation of
radiation dosimetry, half-life equations, radionuclide production, radiopharmaceutical dose determinations, radiation
interaction with matter, radiation protection and safety methodology, radiation shielding formulation, and counting statistics.
Basic aspects in imaging and non-imaging radiation detection instrumentation, including scintillation detectors, planar,
SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography), PET (Positron Emission Tomography) multichannel
analyzers, and quality assurance testing for Nuclear Medicine instrumentation, including G-M detectors, ionization
chambers and scintillation detectors. Nuclear Medicine basic data acquisition and analysis. PREREQUISITES: Admission
to the Nuclear Medicine Program and consent of instructor.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE RADIOPHARMACY (DMIN 1102)
6 credit hours (4 lecture, 4 lab)
Nuclear Medicine radiopharmacy, including production of radionuclides, radiopharmaceutical chemistry,
radiopharmaceuticals and methods of radiolabeling; characteristics of specific radiopharmaceuticals, biorouting and
physiological mechanisms of tracer uptake; pharmacokinetics; radiation units; specific activity; concentration determination;
dose calculations; methods of dispensing; quality assurance of radiopharmaceuticals; and universal precautions. Specialized
clinical radiopharmaceuticals, including monoclonal antibodies, peptides, receptors, Positron Emission Tomography therapy
and current research. Radiopharmacy design, management and recordkeeping, radiation safety, and Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (NRC) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) radiopharmacy rules and regulations.
PREREQUISITES: DNIN 1100, 1101, 1111 or equivalent.
RADIATION BIOLOGY AND RADIATION SAFETY (DMIN 1103)
2 credit hours (2 lecture, 1 lab)
Topics in radiation biology, including qualitative and quantitative effects on the human body following exposure to various
types of ionizing radiation, and the potential harmful effects and the benefits of the medical uses of radiation. Procedures for
personnel and environmental monitoring, emergency management, decontamination, and proper methods of receiving,
storing and disposing of radioactive materials. Basic concepts of radiation exposure reduction. Concepts of radiation safety
for personnel, patients and the environment. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Nuclear Medicine program.
CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE I (DMIN 1111)
3 credit hours (24 hours per week)
First in a three-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Comprehensive study of
imaging and non-imaging techniques, instrumentation quality control, patient care, radiopharmacy, computer analysis, and
quality assurance. Students are expected to demonstrate competency according to defined objectives at prospective clinical
affiliates. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Nuclear Medicine program.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE PROCEDURES II (DMIN 2200)
4 credit hours (3 lecture, 2 lab)
Applied anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular, skeletal, genitourninary, gastrointestinal, respiratory and endocrine
systems. Diagnostic imaging techniques, radiopharmaceutical agents, indications and limitations of Nuclear Medicine
procedures, normal and abnormal pathology, and dosimetry. Case study critiques, journal review and case study
presentations. PREREQUISITES: DMIN 1100, 1103, 1101, 1111 or equivalent.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE PROCEDURES III (DMIN 2202)
4 credit hours (3 lecture, 2 lab)
Applied anatomy and physiology of the central nervous, immune, lymphatic, hematopoietic, exocrine and gastrointestinal
systems. Non-imaging tests, including Schilling’s Helibacter pylori, and blood volume determination. Advanced topics in
Nuclear Cardiology, tumor imaging, neurology, radioimmunoimaging, radioimmunotherapy and miscellaneous procedures.
Diagnostic imaging techniques, radiopharmaceutical agents, indications and limitations of Nuclear Medicine procedures,
normal and abnormal pathology, and dosimetry. Computer acquisition and processing techniques. Case study critiques,
journal review and case study presentations. PREREQUISITES: DMIN 1100, 1103, 1101, 1111, 2200.
CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE II (DMIN 2211)
3 credit hours (24 hours per week)
Second in a three-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Comprehensive study
of imaging and non-imaging techniques, instrumentation quality control, patient care, radiopharmacy, computer analysis,
and quality assurance. Students are expected to demonstrate competency according to defined objectives at prospective
clinical affiliates. PREREQUISITE: Nuclear Medicine Technology 1111.
CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE III (DMIN 2212)
3 credit hours (32 hours per week)
Third in a three-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Comprehensive study of
imaging and non-imaging techniques, instrumentation quality control, patient care, radiopharmacy, computer analysis, and
quality assurance. Students are expected to demonstrate competency according to defined objectives at prospective clinical
affiliates. PREREQUISITE: Nuclear Medicine Technology 2211.
PET/CT (DMIN 2221)
3 credit hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
Physics, instrumentation and radiochemistry of PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography/Computerized Tomography).
Quality assurance of PET/CT instrumentation. Physiological, biochemical and pharmacological mechanisms of PET
radiopharmaceuticals. Radiation safety and protection. Clinical PET/CT imaging in neurological, cardiovascular,
oncological and psychiatric disorders. Image reconstruction and display protocols. Case study presentations and journal
review. PREREQUISITES: DMIN 2202, 2211 or consent of instructor.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE REVIEW SEMINAR (DMIN 2222)
1 credit hour.
Prepares student for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board Examination (NMTCB). Test-taking tips and
practice exams. Practical application of patient care, human anatomy and physiology, pathology, radiation biology, radiation
protection, physics, instrumentation, radiopharmacy, in vivo and in vitro procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic Nuclear
Medicine procedures, and Positron Emission Tomography. Student complete a registry review project and a mock registry.
PREREQUISITES: DMIN 2202, 2211 and consent of instructor.
SECTIONAL ANATOMY FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING (DMIR 2220)
2 credit hours
Study of human anatomy as demonstrated in sectional planes seen in Computed Tomography (CT), Positron
Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Comparison of planar anatomy to sectional
anatomy through the use of diagrams and radiologic images. Emphasis is on anatomy of the head, neck, spine,
thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and musculoskeletal system. PREQUISITES: American Registry of Radiologic
Technologists Certification and/or Nuclear Medicine Certification or consent of instructor.