The Diagnostic Medical Imaging - Nuclear Medicine (DMIN) program delivers over 500 hours of classroom and lab learning activities and over 1,100 hours of clinical education during a 15-month sequence.
Students will spend three days per week at the clinical affiliate and two days per week at the college.
In addition to enrolling at College of DuPage, a student must also complete a separate admissions process for this program. For details about this process, see the Nuclear Medicine Admissions Packet.
Nuclear medicine is a scientific and clinical discipline involving the diagnostic and therapeutic use of radionuclides. Simply put, Nuclear Medicine Technologists help treat disease and image the body. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic imaging technologies because it determines the presence of disease on the basis of biological changes rather than changes in organ structure.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists have a wide range of responsibilities, including patient care, abstracting data from patient records, calculating doses for In Vivo and In Vitro studies, preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals, operating scanning equipment, performing computer acquisition and analysis of patient studies, and assisting the physician when using radiopharmaceuticals.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists should be sensitive to patients' physical and psychological
needs. They must be able to pay attention to detail, follow instructions and work
as part of a team. In addition, operating complicated equipment requires mechanical
ability and manual dexterity. These professionals must also be willing and able to
spend much of the day on their feet.
There are several questions that might help determine whether a career in nuclear medicine is right for you:
- Do I have a passion for helping others?
- Do I enjoy working with computer technology?
- Am I able to communicate well with others?
- Were math, biology and chemistry interesting classes for me in high school?