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.
Program delivery mode: blended
- This program will be delivered for the coming semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
- Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
About the program
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.
- A continuous 24-month, full-time, diploma program
- On-campus lectures and labs provide the fundamentals of nuclear medicine and patient care
- Clinical experiences at nuclear medicine facilities in BC
To learn more about BCIT’s Nuclear Medicine Diploma program, visit Program Details.
Who it’s for
This program is for individuals who:
- Have a high school diploma or higher level of education
- Have demonstrated a strong aptitude for sciences
- Want to work directly with patients as part of a collaborative healthcare team
- Thrive in an innovative, technical, and caring environment
- Are interested in developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Have manual dexterity to work with sensitive material and equipment
Does this sound like you? See Entrance Requirements to find out if this program is a good fit for you.
What grads can do
Our grads are an integral part of patient care. See Graduating and Jobs to learn what a future in nuclear medicine looks like.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
Our graduates work
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 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:
- Are hospitalized or bedridden
- Range in ages from infant to seniors
- Are in various stages of disease diagnosis and treatment
The Nuclear Medicine faculty are known for their skills, expertise, and dedication to student learning. Our instructors are all CAMRT certified technologists and many remain active in the profession.
Joe Cortese, BSc, CRPA (R)
Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Joe has been a faculty member with the nuclear medicine program since 2008. Prior to joining BCIT, he worked at the British Columbia Cancer Agency as a Medical Physics Assistant where he was integral part of a team implementation and designing
the Quality Control Program for Linear Accelerators, CT simulators, a Cobalt Teletherapy Unit, and X-Ray Simulator.
Joe received his BSc in Physics from the University of British Columbia in 1999. Joe is a Registered Radiation Safety Professional and received his CRPA(R) designation from the Canadian Radiation Protection Association in 2010.
Joe is a highly sought after radiation safety instructor in Canada. His training courses consistently receive high ratings and excellent reviews. Joe has been designated an Industry Services trainer for Radiation Safety Officer Courses and Transportation
of Dangerous Goods-Radioactive Materials. He has provided instruction of radiation safety to nuclear medicine departments, cancer care centers, fire fighters, laboratories, radiation therapy and occupational health and safety sectors.
Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Bryce Gillman has been a faculty member with the Nuclear Medicine Program at BCIT since 2015. Prior to joining the BCIT team, he worked as a registered technologist in nuclear medicine at a number of different hospitals in the greater Vancouver area. When he is not teaching, Bryce still picks up shifts regularly in a casual position at BC Cancer Agency in the PET/CT department, as well as in the CT department at Burnaby Hospital and Nuclear Medicine department at Royal Columbian Hospital.
In addition to receiving his diploma in nuclear medicine from BCIT, Bryce has completed advanced diplomas in CT and PET/CT through the CAMRT. He also has a BSc. in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. He plans to complete his Master’s Degree in Radiation Health Physics in the near future.
Bryce is also a Registered Radiation Safety Professional (RRSP) – successfully completing his CRPA(R) designation from the Canadian Radiation Protection Association in 2017. In this role, Bryce has worked with a variety of medical and industrial clients across Canada in both radiation and laser safety. He has performed risk assessments for high powered lasers, conducted audits and developed customized laser and radiation safety manuals. He has had a great deal of experience in the management and safe handling practices of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation in these roles.
As an instructor, Bryce loves to share his knowledge and passion for nuclear medicine. He was a presenter at the EANM Annual Congress in Barcelona earlier this year and has previously been a speaker at last year’s CANM/CAMRT Joint Annual Conference presenting on CT dose reduction strategies. He believes in the value of continued professional development and life-long learning. Where possible, Bryce tries to nurture curiosity from students and encourages them to be engaged in their own learning process.
When he has spare time, Bryce enjoys hiking, skiing and cycling – taking advantage of the great landscape of British Columbia.
Kristy Owen, RTNM
Program Head, Nuclear Medicine
Empowered by more than 14 years in the field of Nuclear Medicine, Kristy Owen had the privilege to study at UBC and later on at BCIT. Her clinical experience acquired at various hospitals within British Columbia allowed her to develop her solid Nuclear Medicine Technologist and leadership skills at renowned institutions such as St. Paul’s Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital. It is most definitely her training at BCIT that played a big role in defining her career path as an Instructor. Her love for teaching transpired throughout her professional journey acting as a member of SNMMI or CAMRT annual conference organizing committee & co-chair. She is always proud to support and promote the BCIT Nuclear Medicine Program attending scientific meetings around the world. Kristy is a recipient of several distinctions and awards including the Bowers Medical Suppliers Scholarship, BCIT Health Sciences Dr. Joseph Cohen Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, UBC Entrance Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance and the Ministry of Education Provincial Scholarship.
Louise Rimanic, RTNM
Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Louise Rimanic has been a faculty member with the nuclear medicine program since 1998. Louise graduated with distinction from the BCIT Nuclear Medicine Technology Program in 1981. Prior to joining BCIT, Louise worked as a Chief Technologist and Student
Supervisor at B.C.Children’s Hospital for 17 years. Louise tries to teach by example and hopes to inspire students to become active members of their profession and adopt a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. For her contributions to the profession,
Louise has been awarded the WQ Stirling Award, the Marshall Mallett Lamp of Knowledge and the CAMRT President’s Medal. In her spare time, Louise enjoys cycling, gardening, travelling, and supporting soccer.
Thomas Wong, BSc, RTNM
Program Head, Nuclear Medicine
Thomas has been a faculty member with the nuclear medicine program since 2013. Prior to joining BCIT, he worked as a full-time nuclear medicine technologist at Burnaby Hospital, where he briefly served as the clinical student supervisor.
Thomas graduated from the BCIT Nuclear Medicine Program in 2007. In addition to his diploma in nuclear medicine, he has a BSc in Cell & Molecular Biology from Simon Fraser University (2004), full-practice CAMRT membership and certification in
nuclear medicine (since 2007), and is currently working towards his provincial instructor diploma in adult education from Vancouver Community College.
Thomas was the recipient of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Proficiency in Radiopharmacy in 2007. His professional contributions include guest speaker presentations at the 2011 BCAMRT Annual General Conference (Dual Isotope Parathyroid Imaging)
and the 2018 CANM/CAMRT Joint Annual Conference (Cardiac Image Enhancement).
Thomas’ most important goal as an instructor is to help students achieve clinical competence through the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills. He loves to use active and experiential learning in his classroom to give students
opportunity to apply their knowledge. During his spare time, Thomas enjoys cooking new recipes, playing badminton and ball hockey, and spending time with his family and friends.
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