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    Contact:  nmtprogram@uwlax.edu

     

    Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses small amounts of radioactive materials, known as radiopharmaceuticals, for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research purposes.  Highly simplified, a typical procedure would involve discussing the procedure with the patient, injecting the radiopharmaceutical which localizes in the area of interest, then is imaged using a special camera.  It is something like taking an X-ray from the inside-out.

    Some of the primary responsibilities for nuclear medical technologists (NMTs) are:

    • Prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals
    • Work directly with patients throughout the procedure
    • Work with sophisticated instrumentation and computers to generate digital images
    • Evaluate new procedures
    NMT MRI


    Nuclear medicine provides unique information about both structure and function of nearly every human organ.  It is the ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function that makes nuclear medicine different from an X-ray.  As radiopharmaceuticals become more sophisticated, it is becoming possible to see inside of human beings at the cellular and even at the molecular level.

    Nuclear medical procedures are safe, both for the patient and the technologist.  Patients experience little or no discomfort and do not require anesthesia.  Exposure to ionizing radiation is monitored closely, and kept well below safety limits.

    Nuclear medicine technology is a highly patient-oriented field and NMTs are an integral part of the health professions team. It is a vigorous, dynamic field that has seen dramatic growth over the past three decades and is expected to grow even more in the future.  New radiopharmaceuticals and imaging technologies are continually being developed, making NMT an increasingly valuable tool for hospitals and clinics.  To learn more about nuclear medicine, check out this brochure (PDF), produced by the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

    To learn about the job outlook for NMTs please visit Employment Outlook

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) offers a bachelor of science in Nuclear Medical Technology (NMT).  The student can accomplish this in three years of course work at UW-L and a one-year internship at an affiliated hospital.  The first two years at UW-L are typically occupied with fulfilling general education requirements, as well as taking introductory science and math classes.  During the final year at UW-L, the student will begin to take advanced courses, many of which are specifically designed for future health care providers.  Further information is available at NMT Courses

    Students typically apply for admission to the NMT program in the middle of their sophomore year.  Once accepted, NMT students can apply for their internship at any, or all, of the affiliated hospitals.  This is typically done during the Fall semester that precedes the internship year.  Students are strongly encouraged to apply to all internship sites they are interested in.  The hospitals will then contact the students for interviews, which are often held during winter break.  Assignment to an internship site is not guaranteed, but will take into account both the students' and the hospitals' preferences.  Assignments are made in mid-March.

    UW-L is academically affiliated with hospital-based Nuclear Medicine Technology programs which are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRC-NMT).  Upon successful completion of the student's internship at one of the programs, graduates are eligible to take certification examinations.  UW-L graduates have done very well on these exams and have an excellent record of employment after graduation and certification.

    NMT MPI Abnormal

    Admission to the NMT Program

    Application Deadline:  Friday, December 5, 2014

    Applications for the NMT program are only accepted once each year.  Students should apply to the program roughly a year and a half before beginning their internships.  If you plan to complete your UW-L coursework at the end of Spring 2016, you should apply this winter (December 2014). 

    Applicants are responsible for completing and submitting the following by the application deadline:

    • Program Application
      NMT Application  A $45 application fee is required.  Please include a check with your application.  
    • Observation Hours
      Observation Form  Students are required to observe at least 10 hours in a nuclear medicine department.  The observation form must be used to document this experience. 
    • References
      Reference Form  Students must submit three references using the reference form. References should be people who know you well and can honestly describe the kind of person you are. One should be a college or university lab instructor, another should come from someone you have worked for or with, and the third is your choice. Before you distribute your reference forms be sure to fill out the top part of the form. You should know that some people will not agree to write on your behalf if you have opted to retain the right to read the completed form.

     All application materials must be received by the NMT Program (4033 HSC) by 3:00 p.m. on December 5 in order to be considered.  If you wish to check on the status of your application, please email Pete Amann at pamann@uwlax.edu.

     A selection committee made up of university and internship site representatives will review your application and interview all applicants.  Applicants will be contacted concerning the time, place, and other details for the interview.  Interviews will be conducted in late January or early February and applicants learn if they are accepted soon afterward.  Because of the strong interest in the NMT program, students that are not accepted may reapply only once.

     Please be aware that a felony charge may affect your ability to obtain fieldwork placements and/or sit for the board examination.

    NMT students that have been accepted into the program, can apply to any, or all, of the UW-L affiliated hospitals listed below.  This is done during the Fall semester that precedes the internship year.  Students are strongly encouraged to apply to all internship sites they are interested in.  Applicants can use this recommendation form at any internship site, except Mayo.  Applicants can also use this application form at any internship site, except Northwestern Memorial and Mayo.  Please submit applications to:

    UW-L NMT Program
    1725 State St
    4033 HSC
    La Crosse, WI 54601

    After they have evaluated the applications, the internship sites will then contact the students for interviews, which are often held during winter break.  Assignment to an internship site is not guaranteed, but will take into account both the students' and the hospitals' preferences.  Assignments are made in mid-March.

    All internships run for 12 months as required by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRC-NMT), which accredits the hospital education programs.  Most of the hospitals listed below begin their internships in late August - early September.  The exceptions are: Aurora St. Luke's, which begins in mid-June; and Hines, which starts at the beginning of July.

    Upon successful completion of the internship, graduates are eligible to take certification examinations from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT). UW-L graduates have done very well on these exams, and have an excellent record of employment after graduation and certification.  On average, NMT graduates earn some of the best salaries of any new B.S. graduate.  Because of the strength and depth of our program, UW-L graduates are very competitive in the job market.

    Please be aware that a felony charge may affect your ability to obtain fieldwork placements and/or sit for the board examination.

    Aileen Staffaroni
    Program Director
    UW-L NMT Program
    1725 State St
    4046 HSC
    La Crosse, WI 54601

    Kim Chandler
    Program Director
    Nuclear Medicine Technology
    Mayo Clinic
    200 First Street SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
    ph (507) 284-3245
    fax (507) 284-0656

    Lisa Riehle
    Program Director
    School of Nuclear Medicine
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 950
    Chicago, Illinois 60611
    ph (312) 926-4461
    fax (312) 926-1741

    Carlyn Johnson
    Program Director
    Nuclear Medical Technology
    Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital
    611 St. Joseph Ave.
    Marshfield, Wisconsin 54449
    ph (715) 389-3905
    fax (715) 387-7775

    Kerry Michell
    Program Director
    Nuclear Medicine
    Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
    2900 W. Oklahoma Ave.
    Milwaukee Wisconsin 53215
    ph (414) 649-7258
    fax (414) 649-5118

    Frank Steffel
    Program Director
    Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
    Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital
    9200 W Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee Wisconsin 53226
    ph (414) 805-2071
    fax (414) 771-3460

     

     

    Program Director - Aileen Staffaroni

    Clinical Coordinator - Kerry Michell