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Curriculum Rotation


The 12-month clinically-based internship curriculum provides students with a comprehensive body of knowledge and the necessary skills expected of a competent program graduate. The curriculum provides skills for a lifetime of continued learning, rewarding careers, and the ability to become leaders in the nuclear medicine community. Our curriculum includes:

  • Management and Methods of Patient Care
  • Radiation Safety and Protection
  • Nuclear Physics and Instrumentation
  • Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Practicum
  • Clinical Nuclear Imaging Procedures
  • Radionuclide Chemistry and Radiopharmacy
  • Radiation Biology
  • Computer Applications
  • Clinical Correlation and Pathology
  • Radiation Detection and Instrumentation
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Quality Control
  • Cross Sectional Anatomy
  • Principles of Computed Technology

Clinical Rotation

Another aspect of the curriculum includes supervised clinical education, which offers a sufficient and well-balanced variety of nuclear medicine procedures, examinations and equipment. Various rotations include:

  • Three nuclear cardiology imaging rooms
  • Five general nuclear medicine imaging rooms
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) facility
  • SPECT/CT facility
  • PET/CT facility
  • Radiopharmacy
  • Rubidium Cardiac PET
  • Radiation Safety Section
  • Computer lab
  • Pediatric clinical education will be obtained at Children's Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Academic Standing

In order to be considered in good standing in the School of Nuclear Medicine, students must:

  • Maintain a cumulative course grade average of at least a C/2.0 in all didactic and clinical courses
    • Students will be dismissed from the Nuclear Medicine Program for failure to maintain a final course grade of a C/2.0 or better in didactic and clinical course work

Program Hours

The program is scheduled for eight hours a day (first shift only), five days per week.

Students will be off six regular holidays per year. Those are:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas

Students also have a total of 120 hours of personal time off. The program begins in early September and ends the last week in August of the following year.

Last UpdateMay 12, 2011