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Overview

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations 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.

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

Note: This program is under review. The selection process for the September 2021 intake will proceed as outlined below. However, the September 2022 intake may be deferred to January 2023.

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted from October 1st* to April 30th.*

*or next business day

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:

  • Math, biology, and physics requirements completed within the last five years
  • Post-secondary education
  • A strong GPA
  • Related volunteer and/or work experience
  • A demonstrated interest in the field

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

If more than five years has elapsed since you completed the math, biology, or physics requirement, upgrading is preferred.

  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. 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: Shortlisted applicants

All applications will be reviewed by the program area. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an on-campus assessment in the following areas:

  • Spatial awareness
  • Simulated clinical dexterity
  • Writing skills

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.

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

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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 Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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
  HSIP 1000 Health Sciences Interprofessional Patient Care 2.0
  MATH 2751 Statistics for Nuclear Medicine 4.0
  NMED 1100 Nuclear Medicine Patient Care 2.0
  NMED 2025 Radiopharmaceuticals 2 6.5
  NMED 2040 Applied Physiology 1 2.5
  NMED 2050 Radiobiology and Radiation Safety 3.5
  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

This program is accredited by the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate accreditation (AC) through their new EQUAL Canada program. Students of the program will have the opportunity to attain all of the required skills in the CAMRT National Competency Profile for Nuclear Medicine technologists.

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.


Debbie Shaw

Program Head, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: 604-432-8303
Email: Debbie_Shaw@bcit.ca

More about Debbie Shaw

Joe Cortese

Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: 604-451-6993
Email: Joe_Cortese@bcit.ca

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Bryce Gillman

Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: 604-456-8118
Email: bgillman@bcit.ca

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Kevin Hudkins

Clinical Coordinator, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: 604-451-6738
Email: Kevin_Hudkins@bcit.ca

More about Kevin Hudkins

Kristy Owen

Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: 604-451-7170
Email: kowen6@bcit.ca

More about Kristy Owen

Louise Rimanic

Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: 604-451-7030
Email: Louise_Rimanic@bcit.ca

More about Louise Rimanic

Thomas Wong

Instructor, Nuclear Medicine
Tel: 604-456-8138
Email: Thomas_Wong@bcit.ca

More about Thomas Wong

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