BCIT's highly regarded Nuclear Medicine Technology program is the only one of its kind in BC. Our quality instructors and in-hospital clinical training prepare students to start their careers the moment they graduate.
Nuclear medicine uses biological tracers combined with radioactive material to produce images that help diagnose and manage disease. As a specialized branch of non-invasive diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine stands out for its ability to detect subtle changes in the body’s function, allowing early detection of a wide range of disorders.
To learn more about BCIT's Nuclear Medicine Diploma program, visit Program Details.
This program is for individuals who:
Does this sound like you? See Program Entry to find out if this program is a good fit for you.
Our grads are an integral part of patient care. See Graduating and Jobs to learn what a future in nuclear medicine looks like.
Applications accepted November 1st* to April 30th*
*or next business day
Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do
Competitive Entry: Three-step process
Preference will be given to applicants with:
*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.
Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements
*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' content must include cytology and the structure and function of the following organ systems: digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, renal/urinary, and reproductive.
Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants
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:
Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - Level C
Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.
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, testing with a N95 respirator 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 on how to access fit testing by the program prior to the first clinical practicum. Students are responsible for paying for the annual fit test while in the program.
Since the work is highly technical and exacting, you must feel comfortable with complex instruments, possess considerable manual dexterity, and have meticulous work habits. You must also have a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to work as a health-care team worker. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.
Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
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 may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
|Level 1 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Anatomy and Physiology 1 (NMED)
Examines normal human structure and function based on a systems approach. The first of two consecutive courses, includes basic human cytology and histology, which serve as the foundation for the study of body systems. Covers the first of these systems, the circulatory. BHSC 2206 covers the remaining systems.
General and Organic Chemistry for Nuclear Medicine
This course covers topics of general chemistry relevant for the study of Nuclear Medicine - concentrations and properties of solutions, oxidation and reduction, intermolecular forces and buffers. Coordination chemistry and inorganic compounds are introduced with reference to chelating agents used as radiopharmaceuticals. Chromatography and separation techniques are introduced with emphasis on applications to Nuclear Medicine Technology. The term ends with an introduction to organic chemistry. The functional groups of the major families in organic chemistry are introduced, and the physical and chemical properties of the hydrocarbons are described. Chirality and the significance of stereochemistry are discussed. As these topics are studied, applications to Nuclear Medicine Technology are emphasized.
Professional Communication for Nuclear Medicine
This course will enable nuclear medicine students to communicate effectively with co-workers, patients, the public, and the wider medical profession. We will focus on writing skills, presentation skills, and teamwork. Students will learn methods of organizing information to ensure that communication is clear, concise, and suitable for the target audience. Students will learn to write effective email, incident reports and instructions. Students will conduct research on a topic relevant to the profession and then summarize their research in a short paper and oral presentation. Selected papers may be published on the BCAMRT website. Finally, students will develop a resume and cover letter and prepare for a job interview.
Technical Mathematics for Nuclear Medicine
Emphasizes the integration of problem solving strategies with mathematical and calculator skills in the context of relevant nuclear medicine applications. Topics include unit conversions (Ci to Bq), ratio/proportion (radiation), logarithms, exponential growth and decay (physical, effective, biological half-lives, transmission of shielded radiation), graphing techniques (logarithmic), appropriate curve fitting (least squares), curve stripping, introduction to differential and integral calculus and first order differential equations (decay formulae) and an introduction to descriptive statistics including data presentation, observational and randomized-controlled studies, paired, retrospective and prospective studies.
Introduces the fundamental knowledge, skills and safety measures required for safe and effective practice in a radiopharmacy and nuclear medicine laboratory. Topics include an overview of radiopharmacy operations, radiopharmaceutical characteristics, WHMIS guidelines and safe handling of biohazardous materials, chemicals and radioactivity. Students will gain practical experience in basic radiopharmacy applications including elution of 99Mo/99mTc radionuclide generators, calculation, preparation, and dispensing of radiopharmaceutical doses, quality control procedures, venipuncture technique, and maintenance of records according to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulations. Prerequisite: Program Admission.
Introduction to Nuclear Medicine
Presents an overview of the many components that comprise Nuclear Medicine Technology and its role in the health care system. Students are introduced to communication, professional practice and ethical issues relevant to the profession. The course also includes a comprehensive study of medical terminology through a word-building approach using systematic construction with roots, prefixes and suffixes.
Physics for Nuclear Medicine 1
PHYS 1274 begins with a review of fundamental physics topics relevant to nuclear physics. The next unit introduces basic atomic structure, the nature and production of X-rays and their uses in medical imaging. The next unit describes the classification and properties of atomic nuclei including nuclide types and the information found on the chart of nuclides. As well, nuclear physics topics such as the nuclear forces, structure and decay, nuclear binding energy and the modes of radiation emission of nuclear decay are described qualitatively and quantitatively. The final unit describes the details of nuclear reactions and their importance in radionuclide production. There is a weekly lab component to the course. Note: Course content and hours allotted are subject to change.
|Level 2 (20 weeks)||Credits|
Medical Microbiology and Immunology (NMED)
Deals with the basic properties of medically important microorganisms, the communicability of infection, host-parasite relationships, principles of infection control, methods of destruction and control of microorganisms, including the safe preparation of radiopharmaceuticals used for injection. Also deals with basic immunologic concepts including their related in-vitro applications.
Human Behavior (NMED)
This course is designed to help learners deal respectfully with the socio-emotional needs of individual clients, and collaborate successfully with other members of the health care team. Interpersonal communications skills are emphasized; these provide the basis for additional crucial employability skills such as managing stress in both self and clients, reducing the frequency and intensity of conflict, and working respectfully with those from other cultures. Responsible, professional and ethical conduct is underscored.
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (NMED)
Examines normal structure and function based on a systems approach. The second of two consecutive courses examining normal human structure and function. Covers the respiratory, digestive, skeletal, endocrine, nervous, and urinary systems. Prerequisites: BHSC 1106
Statistics for Nuclear Medicine
Emphasizes statistical data treatment and decision making with illustrative nuclear medicine/health applications. Topics include data presentation, statistical aspects of research, concept of meta-analysis, modeling with probability distributions (Binomial, Poisson, Normal), Bayes Rule, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis including both qualitative and quantitative data, statistical inference (estimation and hypothesis testing, p-values), regression and correlation. Applications include descriptive presentations, statistical quality control measures in laboratory work (CV, accuracy chi-squared test on scintillation spectrometer), predictive-value positive of tests, measurement error, using radioactive counts in estimation/testing, counting times and confidence banding. Prerequisites: MATH 1751
Examines the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of radiopharmaceuticals, the concepts of biological compartments and biorouting, and common clinical applications of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Provides an introduction to non-radioactive drugs used for interventive nuclear medicine procedures. Students will practice radiopharmacy procedures in a simulated environment to gain experience in radiopharmaceutical dispensing, quality control procedures, radiation safety, inventory control, record keeping, radiopharmacy lab manager software applications, and laboratory techniques for non-imaging in vivo procedures. Prerequisites: NMED 1025
Applied Physiology 1
Integrates foundational knowledge of nuclear medicine with clinical practice applications to prepare students for entry to Clinical Experience 1. Through a combination of lectures, labs and simulations, students begin developing skills and judgement for reviewing requisitions, interviewing patients, explaining procedures, positioning patients, and performing venipuncture. Basic concepts are introduced regarding inter-professional collaboration, ECG, pediatric nuclear medicine, PET/CT, sonography, and radiation therapy. Guest lecturers from clinical sites and allied health professions provide students with overviews of clinical practice and students observe clinical practice through visits to several clinical nuclear medicine sites. The program clinical coordinator outlines performance expectations for clinical practicum rotations.
Radiobiology and Radiation Safety
Provides a detailed study of ionizing radiation and its interaction with matter from the perspectives of safety and risk management. Radiation units and safety guidelines are discussed and analysed as they apply to the working environment. Emphasis is on the practical application of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulations and recommended practices as they apply to nuclear medicine. Content also allows students to fulfil Transport Canada and CNSC requirements to obtain a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certificate for Class 7 Radioactive Materials.
Patient Care (NMED)
This course assists the student to understand the hospital environment and the health problems of the patient. The scheduling of content and classes is designed to complement the theory and skills required by the student in classes and practicum experiences offered through the Nuclear Medicine Department. This course is offered through the Bachelor of Technology Nursing Program.
Physics for Nuclear Medicine 2
The course builds on the basic nuclear physics theory covered in PHYS 1274 to study nuclear radiation interactions and detection. It begins with a description of radiation interactions with matter. Next, the foundation for understanding electronic instrumentation is made by covering topics in basic electricity and magnetism. Radiation detection instrumentation is then described in detail, including gas-filled, solid state and scintillation detectors and an introduction to gamma cameras. Prerequisites: PHYS 1274
|Summer (12 weeks)||Credits|
Clinical Experience 1
This is the first of four clinical practicum courses providing experience in the Nuclear Medicine department of an affiliated hospital. The student is provided with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to function safely and competently in a nuclear medicine environment. The student will be able to demonstrate increasing levels of competence in a range of skills. The student will be scheduled in 2-week rotations in a range of nuclear medicine camera rooms under direct supervision, providing them with opportunities to apply their skills in patient care, study acquisitions and computer processing of acquired data. The student may also be scheduled in radiopharmacy, cardiac stress lab and PET/CT rotations in this term.
|Level 3 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Pathophysiology 1 (NMED)
Introduces the principles of pathophysiology, emphasizing the organ systems commonly investigated by nuclear medicine procedures. Also considers the major diseases encountered in contemporary nuclear medicine practice. Prerequisites: BHSC 2206
Clinical Applications in Computed Tomography
This online course will provide the students with the basic skill set to perform common CT scan examinations. Emphasis will be placed on practical application and theoretical concepts of CT imaging. Students will cover the patient care requirements and image acceptability criteria. Class discussions will bring relevance of theory to examinations currently performed in the clinical environment. The students will focus on basic CT scan protocols for the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, spine and extremities. Commonly occurring pathologies will be described and identified with supporting images and referenced to normal presentations. The required patient care for prior, during, and post examination will be emphasized. Anatomical considerations in axial, sagittal, and coronal planes on CT images will be assessed. There will be an overview of the CT scanning equipment with a main focus on accessory equipment (injector pumps, patient restraints and supports), emergency support equipment, and contrast media (selection, dosage, adverse reactions, and patient care). Prerequisites: For students enrolled in the MRAD program, required courses are BHSC 2214, MRAD 2208 and MRAD 2230. For students enrolled in the NMED program, the required courses are BHSC 2206 and PHYS 2274.
Nuclear Medicine Applications 1
This course integrates the science of nuclear medicine technology and molecular imaging with specific clinical applications to prepare students for competent performance in clinical practice. Students will gain knowledge in decision-making based on literature and current best practice guidelines for performing diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures in the following categories: skeletal, inflammation, tumour, lymph, gastrointestinal, and positron emission tomography applications in oncology. Prerequisites: NMED 2025 and NMED 2040
Applied Nuclear Medicine Labs 1
This course is the first of two laboratory courses focusing on the application of technical knowledge in nuclear medicine and nuclear medicine instrumentation. The laboratory activities in this course are specifically designed to prepare students for competent performance in clinical practice. Students will be given the opportunity to practice critical thinking and decision making skills through various practical and simulated lab activities. The lab activities in this course will primarily focus on specific topics related to radiopharmacy, instrument quality control, gamma camera acquisition, and post-acquisition image processing. Prerequisites: NMED 2025 and PHYS 2274
Clinical Experience 2
Provides a clinical practicum in the nuclear medicine department of an affiliated hospital. Provides further development of the skills necessary to function safely and competently in a nuclear medicine lab. Delivers hands-on experience in all aspects of in-vitro and in-vivo procedures. Prerequisites: NMED 2090
Physics for Nuclear Medicine 3
This course is a continuation of PHYS 2274. PHYS 3274 provides a detailed study of the physics of nuclear imaging with the scintillation gamma camera. The course begins with a review of the relevant radiation detection physics, planar imaging principles and the measures of image quality. The design and function of the gamma camera detector are presented, contrasted and related to detector performance. Gamma camera event processing, including uniformity correction, is also described. The next unit describes the measurement and testing of detector performance including intrinsic uniformity, spatial resolution and count rate performance. The final unit explains the principles and design features of collimators and their impact on system performance. Issues of camera quality control are explained and described. Many of the principles in this course will be practiced both in the NMED 3040 lab course and clinical work in the hospital. Prerequisites: PHYS 2274
|Level 4 (19 weeks)||Credits|
Pathophysiology 2 (NMED)
Continues from BHSC 3306 and the introduction of the principles of pathophysiology. Emphasizes the organ systems commonly investigated by nuclear medicine procedures. Also considers the major diseases that are encountered in contemporary nuclear medicine practice. Prerequisites: BHSC 3306
Students will explore the principles and practice of digital image formation, display, data processing, archiving, and the use of digital networks in the context of nuclear medicine applications. Emphasis is placed on decision-making to optimize image quality and evaluate the diagnostic and technical quality of images and data. Students will also gain experience appraising professional literature topics regarding image quality to assess relevance to practice.
Applied Physiology 3
The third in a series of courses integrating the science of nuclear medicine technology and molecular imaging with case studies, labs and simulations to prepare students for competent performance in clinical practice. Students will gain experience making decisions based on evidence and best practice guidelines for performing Nuclear Medicine therapeutic procedures and diagnostic procedures for cardiovascular, genitourinary, central nervous, endocrine, respiratory, sentinel node, and positron emission tomography cardiology and neurology applications. Prerequisites: NMED 3040
Clinical Experience 3
This is the third of four clinical practicum courses providing experience in the Nuclear Medicine department of an affiliated hospital. The student is provided with opportunities to further develop the skills necessary to function safely and competently in a nuclear medicine environment. The student will be scheduled in 2-week rotations in a range of nuclear medicine camera rooms under supervision, providing them with opportunities to apply their skills in patient care, study acquisitions and computer processing of acquired data. The student may also be scheduled in radiopharmacy, cardiac stress lab and PET/CT rotations in this term. In addition, students will gain experience in a dedicated CT department and may be scheduled for afternoon shifts. Prerequisites: NMED 3080
Tomography in Nuclear Medicine
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the physics and instrumentation of tomography in Nuclear Medicine. An overview of the principles of computed tomography leads to a study of image data acquisition and reconstruction. Students will examine the specific performance characteristics of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) systems, the effect of acquisition parameters on image quality, quantitative correction methods and quality assurance. Students will also examine the physical principles of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and the specific performance characteristics of PET instrumentation, data acquisition and reconstruction, quantitative correction methods and quality assurance. Finally, X-ray transmission computed tomography (CT) principles, instrumentation, acquisition, reconstruction and quality control are investigated and related to the applications of CT in nuclear medicine. Prerequisites: PHYS 3274
|Level 5 (14 weeks)||Credits|
Clinical Experience 4
This is the fourth of four clinical practicum courses providing experience in the Nuclear Medicine department of an affiliated hospital. The student is provided with opportunities to further develop the skills necessary to function safely and competently in a nuclear medicine environment. The student is expected to demonstrate increased independence to initiate and perform tasks with a decreased level of instruction and supervision. The student will be scheduled in 2-week rotations in a range of nuclear medicine camera rooms under supervision, providing them with opportunities to apply their skills in patient care, study acquisitions and computer processing of acquired data. The student may also be scheduled in radiopharmacy, cardiac stress lab and PET/CT rotations in this term. Prerequisites: NMED 4080
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Two years, full-time beginning in September each year.
All courses require a 65% 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.
The BCIT Nuclear Medicine program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association Committee on Program Accreditation.
Simon Fraser University grants up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree to graduates of this program.
Our grads work in hospital nuclear medicine departments, performing diagnostic imaging for a diverse group of patients. It's a challenging, hands-on environment. We make sure you graduate with everything needed to thrive and provide the best diagnostic procedures and patient care possible.
Grads can write the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam to earn their Registered Technologist Nuclear Medicine (RTNM) designation.
Nuclear medicine grads can find work as nuclear medicine technologists in the field of medical radiation sciences. Annual full-time salaries start at approximately $52,000. Our grads support patients from all walks of life in various stages of health, including patients who:
The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.
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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).
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