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Overview

Note: The September 2017 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

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.

About the program

  • 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 Program Entry 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.

Program Entry

Application processing

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

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

This program is competitive and only applicants who have met the academic entrance requirements will be considered. Preference for shortlisting will be given to applicants with post-secondary education, strong GPA, related volunteer and/or work experience, and demonstrated interest in the field.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

With the exception of English and chemistry, these entrance requirements must have been completed during the past five years from the start of the program. If more than five calendar years has elapsed, upgrading in the required subjects may be necessary.

  1. Students can only write the math, biology, and physics challenge exams once.
  2. A student who registers and writes these exams a second time will be given the mark from their first attempt.
  3. The post-secondary 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.
  4. Physics 12 (73%) or 3.0 credits of post-secondary physics at 100 level or higher (73%) from a recognized institution will be accepted to meet recency only if the applicant does not have Physics 11 (73%) from within the past five years.
  5. To meet the minimum requirements, applicants must submit final or midterm grades in support of their application. Midterm reports must demonstrate a minimum completion of 50% of the gradable course work.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

All complete applications will be reviewed by the program. Preference for shortlisting will be given to applicants with post-secondary education, strong GPA, related volunteer and/or work experience, and demonstrated interest in the field.

  1. Applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success in the program are selected to complete the multiple-mini interview process (MMI).
  2. The MMI process has been designed to assess the suitability for the healthcare profession.
  3. Conditional acceptance into the program is based on the MMI assessment.
  4. The MMI interview process is conducted in-person at BCIT.
  5. Interview dates are usually held in April and May.
  6. To prepare for their interview, applicants are advised to conduct their own research on the profession.
  7. The Medical Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy programs share the same MMI process:
    1. Applicants are only eligible for one MMI.
    2. The results of the MMI will be transferred between programs if the application is transferred.

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, 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.

Recommended for success

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.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2017 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

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

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

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

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for 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
  CHEM 1318 General and Organic Chemistry for Nuclear Medicine 3.0
  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 1126 Medical Microbiology and Immunology (NMED) 2.5
  BHSC 1439 Human Behavior (NMED) 2.5
  BHSC 2206 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (NMED) 5.5
  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
  MRAD 4500 Clinical Applications in Computed Tomography 3.0
  NMED 3025 Nuclear Medicine Applications 1 5.5
  NMED 3026 Applied Nuclear Medicine Labs 1 5.5
  NMED 3080 Clinical Experience 2 8.5
  PHYS 3274 Physics for Nuclear Medicine 3 3.5
 
Level 4 (19 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 4406 Pathophysiology 2 (NMED) 2.5
  NMED 3010 Image Display 2.0
  NMED 4025 Nuclear Medicine Applications 2 5.5
  NMED 4026 Applied Nuclear Medicine Labs 2 6.0
  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: 166.0

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 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.

Accreditation

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

Continue your education

BCIT offers a Bachelor of Health Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging that continues from the two-year Nuclear Medicine diploma.

Graduating & Jobs

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.

Career opportunities

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

Keep learning

Enhance your education through post-diploma part-time studies in Health Leadership, Radiation Safety, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Graduate employment outcomes

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.

To view these results, you may 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

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.

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