Nuclear medicine is the medical specialty that utilizes the nuclear properties of radioactive and stable nuclides to make diagnostic evaluations of the physiologic and/or anatomic conditions of the body and to provide therapy with unsealed radioactive sources. A nuclear medicine technologist is an allied health professional who, under the direction of an authorized user, is committed to applying the art and skill of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radionuclides. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: preparation, quality control testing, and administration of radioactive compounds; execution of patient imaging procedures including computer processing and image enhancement; laboratory testing; patient interviews; instruction and preparation for administration of prescribed radioactive compounds for therapy; quality control; and radiation safety.
CBC, in collaboration with Bellevue College, offers the opportunity to obtain an Associate of Arts degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology to a limited number of students. The program is a full-time, six consecutive quarter (18-month) program beginning in the fall of each academic year. Students enroll at Bellevue College for the core of the program and take the required Nuclear Medicine course work via distance education at Columbia Basin College. Students complete the required clinical internship at clinical facilities in the Tri-City area.
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