Nuclear Medicine Program Curriculum

Students spend the first quarter in the didactic portion of the program in which time they receive didactic and laboratory instruction on the theory of nuclear medicine.

Didactic Courses

  • Department organization and function- 4 hours
  • Medical Ethics- 4 hours
  • Math- 24 hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology- 36 hours
  • Physics- 24 hours
  • Medical terminology- 20 hours
  • Radiation physics-12 hours
  • Nuclear medicine physics- 12 hours
  • Statistics- 12 hours
  • Radiation safety and protection- 24 hours
  • General chemistry- 8 hours
  • Radio nuclide Chemistry- 8 hours
  • Radio Pharmacy- 8 hours
  • Nuclear Instrumentation- 16 hours
  • QC lab- 16 hours
  • Radiation Biology- 12 hours
  • Nursing skills- 8 hours
  • Lab ordering receiving and packing, Wipe Testing- 4 hours
  • Computers- 8 hours
  • Cardiac stress testing- 8 hours
  • Cardiac stress testing lab- 4 hours
  • Radioactive Waste Handling Techniques Lab- 4 hours
  • Radio Nuclide Therapy- 4 hours
  • Collimator Sensitivity resolution lab- 4 hours
  • In Vivo procedures- 52 hours
  • Survey Instruments calibration Lab- 2 hours
  • Gamma Ray Spectrometry- 2 hours
  • Nuclear generators and dose calibration- 2 hours
  • PET theory- 4 hours
  • PET lab- 8 hours
  • In Vitro procedures- 4 hours
  • In Vitro lab- 4 hours

Clinical Rotations

Following this portion clinical rotations begin. Students will have over 1400 hours of clinical rotations at various sites in the San Diego area to gain the necessary skills to function in all aspects of Nuclear Medicine.