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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 (UWL) offers a bachelor of science in Nuclear Medical Technology (NMT).  The student can accomplish this in three years of course work at UWL and a one-year internship at an affiliated hospital.  The first two years at UWL are typically occupied with fulfilling general education requirements, as well as taking introductory science and math classes.  During the final year at UWL, 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.

UWL 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.  UWL graduates have done very well on these exams and have an excellent record of employment after graduation and certification.

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Admission to the NMT Program

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 8, 2017

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 UWL coursework at the end of Spring 2019, you should apply this winter (December 2017). 

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

  • Program Application
    The NMT Application is available for download during the program's annual application window (September 1 through December 8).  A $45 application fee is required.  Please include a check with your application.  
  • Observation Hours
    Observation Form  Students are required to observe at least 8 hours in a nuclear medicine department.  The observation form must be used to document this experience. 
  • References
    NMT 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 8 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 UWL 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 Internship Recommendation at any internship site, except Mayo.  Applicants can also use this Intersnhip Application at any internship site, except Northwestern Memorial and Mayo.  After the internship sites 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 UW-L, which begins summer session I.

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). UWL 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, UWL 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
UWL NMT Program
1725 State St
4046 HSC
La Crosse, WI 54601

Nicole Fischer, CNMT
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
Marshfield Medical Center
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

Ann Voslar, MHA/Ed, BS-Nuclear Medicine, CNMT, RT (N)
Program Director
Nuclear Medicine/PET Technology Program
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee Wisconsin 53226
ph (414) 805-0057
fax (414) 771-3460

Program Director - Aileen Staffaroni

Clinical Coordinator - Kerry Michell

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Nuclear Medicine Technology program is proud to be accredited by the JRCNMT.

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Our students are placed in a clinical internship program at one of the following facilities:

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
Madison, WI

Gundersen Health System
La Crosse, WI

University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN 

These facilities have generously accepted our students for the purpose of teaching them the art and science of performing Nuclear Medicine procedures competently. 
 
Graduation rates and board pass rates for the accredited UW-L program are available at Program Outcomes
 

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