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:
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Our grads are an integral part of patient care. See Graduating and Jobs to learn what a future in nuclear medicine looks like.
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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:
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.
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.
Izaaz Badshah has been a faculty member with the Nuclear Medicine Program since 2018. He graduated from the BCIT Nuclear Medicine Program in 2014. In addition to his Diploma in Nuclear Medicine, he has a Bachelor’s of Science in Cell Biology and Genetics, as well as current certification with the CAMRT. Prior to joining BCIT, Izaaz worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at St. Paul’s Hospital as well as a PET/CT Technologist at the BC Cancer Agency. Izaaz’s most important goal as an instructor is to instill a lifelong enthusiasm, for the pursuit of knowledge, in his students. When he has spare time, Izaaz enjoys playing hockey, board games, and hiking.
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.Education
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.Other
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.
Kevin has been the Clinical Coordinator for students in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program since 1993. Prior to joining BCIT, he was an instructor in the SAIT Nuclear Medicine program for several years, and was acting Program Head for the year before accepting the position at BCIT. He worked as a technologist at a Nuclear Medicine clinic in Calgary after graduating from SAIT in 1986 until his employment at SAIT.Professional Contributions
Kevin authored and presented a paper on "Biodistribution of Various 99mTc - Labelled Radiocolloids in Laboratory Animals" to the Society of Nuclear Medicine Prairie Provinces Chapter Annual Meeting in Banff, Alberta. He served on the CAMRT Certification Exam committee for 14 years, participated in conference planning committees, and has organized workshops for teaching technologists for many years.Other
Kevin’s aim as Clinical Coordinator is to help students achieve their goal of clinical competence by providing insight and feedback that develops consistent performance and critical thinking, as well as ensuring understanding of clinical concepts and procedures through testing sessions for clinical studies. He enjoys the one-on-one connection that develops with students by observing and interacting with them in the clinical environment as they progress in experience and knowledge within the field. Away from BCIT, Kevin is a photography enthusiast, enjoys kayaking, motorcycle rides, travel, and time with family, friends, and his dog.
Heather has been a faculty member with the Nuclear Medicine department since 2017. She also continues to work at St. Paul’s Hospital as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Bone Densitometrist where she has worked since 2006.Education
Heather graduated from BCIT with a Diploma of Nuclear Medicine and became CAMRT certified in 2006. In addition to her diploma, Heather has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology Honours Program from UBC (2003), a certificate in Computed Tomography from BCIT (2011), and she is certified in bone densitometry with the ISCD (2008).Research and Publications
Journal of Neuroscience 2006: “Deletion of the Nuclear Receptor Nr2e1 impairs Synaptic Plasticity and Dendritic Structure in the Mouse Dentate Gyrus”.
Heather’s most important goal as an instructor is to share her passion for Nuclear Medicine with future technologists so that they can continue to have one of the most satisfying professions around. She often jokes that Nuclear Medicine is ‘The best job you’ve never heard of!’ and that starts with the eager graduates entering the workforce with the skills and experience that BCIT provides. When Heather is not working, she can usually be found outside hiking, camping, or exploring nature with her family.
Empowered by more than 14 years in the field of Nuclear Medicine, Kristy Owen had the privileged 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 Assistant-Instructor and more recently in an Instructor role. 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.
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.Publications
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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