Feb 02, 2023  
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a Major in Nuclear Medicine Technology w/Certification


The Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Bridge program in Radiologic Sciences with concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology is designed for students who are credentialed nuclear medicine technologists — CNMT or RT(N) — and have completed core curriculum for a Bachelor’s degree asstated by the Board of Regents for Georgia Colleges, and prerequisite courses specific to the major with a grade of C or greater. The program is online and allows nuclear medicine technologista the opportunity to take advanced level coursework in the discipline in three semesters. The program requires students to complete 30 hours of professional credit with GHSU.

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 Career Information

Nuclear medicine technology combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Though there are many diagnostic techniques currently available, nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is this ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities, such as x-ray. Nuclear Medicine procedures are safe; they involve little or no patient discomfort and do not require the use of anesthesia.

The Department of Biomedical and Radiologic Technologies offers two pathways into the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree program in nuclear medicine technology. College students with no previous healthcare credentials may enter the program through transfer of 60 semester hours of liberal arts courses (junior transfer), or those certified in a radiologic science may enter to obtain advanced professional studies (degree completion program).

The following information applies to the degree completion program for postcertification students. Those interested in the junior transfer or certificate programs should contact the Office of Academic Admissions.

Post-Certification Degree Completion Program


The BSRS/NMT post-certification degree completion program offers advanced coursework in computed tomography, positron emission tomography, healthcare management, research, and sectional anatomy, as well as preparation for certification in advanced cardiac life support. The program provides credentialed technologists with enhanced expertise and facilitates upward career mobility. The curriculum is individualized based on educational and professional background, and on selected options for professional development.

Technologists may choose advanced study within their current radiologic discipline (single major) or pursue a second discipline for dual certification (double major).

About the Program


The required core courses (60 semester hours) are transferred upon entry into the program, and 30 semester hours are granted for prior certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology. GHSU professional courses make up 34 additional semester hours required to earn the B.S.R.S./NMT degree in three semesters.

Admission Requirements


Application Deadline:  JANUARY 1 – SUMMER ENTRY

Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space-available basis only.

  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all colleges ever attended. Transcripts should be mailed to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Registrar’s office of the institution. Applicants may also deliver or mail transcripts to GHSU’s OAA if the transcript remains in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office at the institution.
  • Transcript/credential evaluation of foreign transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
  • Two Application Reference Form: An Application Reference form must be submitted from each referee. Referees should be individuals qualified to assess applicants prior academic, work, research and/or clinical experience as applicable.
  • General GPA and Math/Science GPA: A General Grade Point Average of 2.5, and a Math/Science Grade Point Average of 2.3 must be achieved to be considered for an interview. Many candidates accepted for the NMT program have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Program Supplemental form

  • TOEFL exam scores: Minimum score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer based or 79 internet based.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Personal Interview
  • Documentation of Professional Certification: CNMT or RT(N)

Technical Standards


In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit www.georgiahealth.edu/sah/brt/NMedStand.htm to review these requirements.

Computer and Internet-Supported Programs


Students must have access to a highspeed (DSL or cable) personal computer. Most student and faculty communication, projects and research require Internet interaction and many lectures are presented online for repeated viewing for both distance and campus students. GHSU faculty and technical staff are available for technical and instructional support seven days a week.

Financial Aid


GHSU participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. GHSU helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment. Foreign national students must contact the admissions department to establish residency.

 

Accreditation/Review


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601-2208
Tel: (312) 553-9355
Web: www.caahep.org

Nuclear Medicine Technology
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
2000 W. Danforth Rd., Ste 130 #203
Edmond, OK 73003
Tel: (405) 285-0546
Fax: (405) 285-0579
Web: www.jrcnmt.org

Professional Licensure Credit


After completing department requirements, upper-division courses will be credited by proof of certification in nuclear medicine technology — CNMT or RT(N). 30 hours of upper division course credit will be applied toward the BSRS degree.

When to Apply


For best chance of acceptance, apply the fall before the program begins. Application materials should be in GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions by March 1. Applications completed after this date are considered on a space-available basis. Complete applications include the application, references, official academic materials, documentation of shadowing hours and documentation of professional certifications, if applicable.

Completion of pre-requisite courses does not guarantee acceptance.

Documentation of current CPR and First Aid certification is required upon enrollment.

How to Apply


Apply online at www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions, or contact:

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725
                      800-519-3388
E-mail: Admissions@georgiahealth.edu

Courses to Take the First Two Years

 

The courses required to graduate from GHSU comprise a core curriculum divided into six categories (A-F). Options for completing these prerequisites for transfer to GHSU:

A. Essential Skills 9 semester hours  
English Composition I 3 hours  
English Composition II 3 hours  
   (literature-based)    
College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling,
Trigonometry, Pre-calculus or Calculus
3 hours  
 
B. Institutional Options** 4-5 semester hours  
Introduction to Computers
Critical Thinking
Creative Writing
Ethics
Health and Wellness
Statistics
Economics
Speech
Medical Terminology
Any approved guided elective from Area F
 
C. Humanities and Fine Arts** 6 semester hours  
Ethics
Foreign Language
Speech, Oral Communications
Literature
Philosophy
Drama, Art or Music Appreciation
Logic
Electives in Humanities and Fine Arts
Religion
 
D. Science, Mathematics and Technology 10-11 semester hours  
One eight-hour laboratory course sequence in chemistry or physics and an additional course in science, mathematics or technology.

 

E. Social Science** 12 semester hours  
U.S. History
U.S. Government
Other History
Economics
Psychology
Sociology
Anthropology
Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Lower-division electives in Psychology and Sociology
 
 
F. Courses Appropriate to the Major 18 semester hours  
Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/labs 8 hours  
Chemistry or Physics w/lab*
(whichever was not taken as a sequence in Area D)
4 hours  
Computers    
Guided electives
Statistics, Precalculus and other Math, Science, Business/Management,
Education, Health Professions, Developmental Psychology, Speech.
6-10 hours  

* If this is taken in another area of the core, the hours would be taken in additional guided electives.

** If a student planning to transfer to GHSU from another school in the University System of Georgia has completed this area with courses taken there or at another institution from which GHSU accepts transfer credit, GHSU will accept the area as satisfied. A student planning to transfer from a school not in the University System of Georgia should choose from the list of courses.

Estimated Tuition and Fees


For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.