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Overview

Note: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The next intake will begin accepting applications on November 3, 2014.

Please check our list of programs that may have space available or access our program database for a complete list of BCIT programs.

Nuclear medicine is the application of radioactive materials to the diagnosis and management of disease in humans. It is primarily a diagnostic specialty and one of the most challenging and exciting branches of medicine.

Radioactive atoms are chemically identical to stable atoms of the same element and can be introduced into the basic chemical structure of many compounds. The radiation that is emitted from the radioactive atoms in the compound permits the detection and measurement of the compound within the human body. This provides a means of investigating normal and abnormal functions of specific chemical and physiological processes within a human being while those processes are going on. Virtually all physiological processes within the body are now measurable and can be "seen" using radioactive compounds and sophisticated instrumentation. Nuclear technology is also employed to assay the extremely small concentrations of certain substances in blood serum and other patient samples.

Nuclear medicine is responsible for a host of revolutionary, safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedures that are now available to physicians in many branches of medicine.

The Program

BCIT is currently reviewing the Nuclear Medicine Technology program design, content, and entrance requirements, which may be subject to change.

Designed to prepare graduates to function as technologists in nuclear medicine departments, the program is a combination of lecture and lab instruction at BCIT and clinical experience in the nuclear medicine departments of clinical facilities currently affiliated with the program.

The student spends Levels 1 and 2 of the first year at BCIT for lectures and labs in basic subjects applicable to nuclear medicine technology and patient care. BCIT is equipped with a lab containing facilities and equipment commonly used in nuclear medicine departments. The student spends the summer term of the first year in the nuclear medicine department of a hospital.

In second year, the student spends alternate two-week periods at BCIT and the nuclear medicine department of several Vancouver-area hospitals. The student spends summer term of second year in a nuclear medicine department to gain further clinical experience.

Note: During the summer terms only, BCIT may assign students to any of the accredited hospitals, some away from the Greater Vancouver area.

On successful completion of the two-year (six-term) program, the student receives the BCIT Diploma of Technology in Nuclear Medicine and is eligible to write national certification examinations.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

Applications accepted November 1st** – April 15th

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

**or next business day

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.

Step 1: Entrance requirements

Challenge Exam

* Biology: BCIT assesses, on an individual basis, the acceptability of Biology prerequisites for applicants who have successfully completed Human Biology courses at a post-secondary level. The Human Biology equivalent courses must include the following course content: cytology, the structure and function of the following organ systems: digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, renal/urinary and reproductive.

Biology courses must have been successfully completed within the past five years and meet the letter grade required for this program. BHSC 0012 - Biology 12 Challenge Exam is acceptable for applicants who do not meet the five year recency requirement.

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI)

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT you will be notified and the following information will be required in order to be accepted into the program:

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

Face Respirator Fit Testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

For the Respirator Fit Testing, fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed, in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit Testing must also include, inspection, cleaning, maintenance and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

Recommended for success

Since the work is highly technical and exacting, the student must feel comfortable with complex instruments, possess considerable manual dexterity, and have meticulous work habits. Applicants must have a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to work as a health-care team worker. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Apply to program

The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The next intake will start accepting applications on November 3, 2014.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1:  $1,260
Level 2:  $545
Level 3:  $435
Level 4:  $950

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Face respirator fit testing: approx $25 per year, annual re-fitting required

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1106 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (NMED) 5.0
  BHSC 1126 Medical Microbiology and Immunology (NMED) 2.0
  CHEM 1118 Organic and Biological Chemistry 1 for Nuclear Medicine 2.0
  COMM 3374 Professional Communication for Nuclear Medicine 3.0
  MATH 1751 Technical Mathematics for Nuclear Medicine 4.0
  NMED 1025 Radiopharmaceuticals 1 6.0
  NMED 1040 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine 3.0
  PHYS 1274 Physics for Nuclear Medicine 1 6.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1439 Human Behavior (NMED) 2.5
  BHSC 2206 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (NMED) 5.5
  CHEM 2118 Organic and Biological Chemistry 2 for Nuclear Medicine 2.5
  MATH 2751 Statistics for Nuclear Medicine 4.0
  NMED 2025 Radiopharmaceuticals 2 6.5
  NMED 2040 Applied Physiology 1 2.5
  NMED 2050 Radiobiology and Radiation Safety 3.5
  NURS 1181 Patient Care (NMED) 4.0
  PHYS 2274 Physics for Nuclear Medicine 2 9.5
 
Summer (12 weeks) Credits
  NMED 2090 Clinical Experience 1 17.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 3306 Pathophysiology 1 (NMED) 3.0
  NMED 3040 Applied Physiology 2 11.0
  NMED 3080 Clinical Experience 2 6.5
  PHYS 3274 Physics for Nuclear Medicine 3 3.0
 
Level 4 (19 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 4406 Pathophysiology 2 (NMED) 2.5
  HMGT 5001 Professional Practice 2.0
  NMED 3010 Image Display 2.0
  NMED 4040 Applied Physiology 3 11.0
  NMED 4080 Clinical Experience 3 11.0
  PHYS 4274 Tomography in Nuclear Medicine 3.0
 
Level 5 (14 weeks) Credits
  NMED 4090 Clinical Experience 4 19.5
 
Total Credits: 163.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years, full-time beginning in September each year.

Grading

All courses require a 60% mark to pass. During Levels 3 and 4, students spend alternate two-week periods of 35 hours per week in the clinical area. The hours listed for these levels are the average hours per week for the term on campus.

Accreditation

The BCIT Nuclear Medicine program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association Committee on Program Accreditation.

Continue your education

Degree Completion
Simon Fraser University grants up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree to graduates of this program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

A nuclear medicine technologist performs the diagnostic procedures of nuclear medicine. Certified graduates work primarily in the nuclear medicine departments of hospitals. In addition to performing a wide variety of tests on patients; the technologist may also perform lab tests on patient samples; prepare radiopharmaceuticals for injection into patients; record test results; receive; handle, record, store and measure radioactive materials; and perform quality control procedures on a wide variety of instrumentation and imaging devices.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Professional associations

Graduates of the BCIT program are eligible to take the national professional certification examination set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Successful candidates may use the designation Registered Technologist Nuclear Medicine (RTNM) and work as registered nuclear medicine technologists anywhere in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

Graduates are also eligible to take professional certification exams offered in the United States by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Clinical Partner Sites

  • Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
  • Burnaby Hospital
  • BC Children's and Women's Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • St. Paul's Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • Victoria General Hospital

Advisory committee

  • Colin Alden, BC Cancer Agency
  • Jean Campbell, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Zeno Cescon, Interior Health Authority
  • Sonya Gibson, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Darlene Hyde, BC Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Kyla Kruger, GE Healthcare Canada
  • Susan Larson, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Jan Leggett, Children's & Women's Health Centre of BC
  • Lorraine Lot, Peach Arch Hospital
  • Kerry Macey, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Dr. Curtis Mohamed, Interior Health Authority
  • Bev Ross, Interior Health Authority
  • Robert Steuart, Siemens Medical Solutions
  • Lorrie Turpin, Philips Healthcare Canada
  • Dr. Dan Worsley, Vancouver General Hospital

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