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The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Program in Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) is a 52-week training program in clinical Nuclear Medicine Technology that was established in 1979 as a program in allied health. It is one of six allied health programs in the newly established Center for Programs in Allied Health. This program is designed for students who have either completed a minimum of three years pre-radiologic technology work in an affiliated university or have completed their bachelor’s degree in a related science field.

The VUMC NMT program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) and prepares graduates for certification as Nuclear Medicine Technologists. Students receive training in atomic and nuclear physics, radiochemistry and nuclear pharmacy, patient care and nursing, radiation safety, radiobiology, instrumentation and computer applications, as well as clinical nuclear medicine procedures. Didactic coursework and clinical rotations are scheduled Monday through Friday. Clinical rotations are scheduled at the VUMC Adult and Children's hospitals and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Nashville. Rotations include general and pediatric nuclear medicine, PET, nuclear cardiology and nursing, as well as radiopharmacy and in vitro procedures. The program officials include a Medical Director, Program Director and Clinical Coordinator.

The VUMC NMT program is approved as the fourth-year externship in a baccalaureate degree program at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee and at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Upon graduation from the program, students are awarded a certificate from VUMC Allied Health—which makes them eligible to sit for national board certification exams.

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. (JRCNMT), 820 W. Danfoth Rd, #B1 / Edmond, OK 73003; phone 405-285-0546; email mail@jrcnmt.org; www.jrcnmt.org. This program is currently on probation but it is accredited. For more information go to http://jrcnmt.org/new/other-news-documents/ and refer to the appropriate Accreditation Action Report.