Bachelor’s Degree

Nuclear medicine is an important field for diagnosing and treating cancer, among other medical issues. Technicians use radioactive tracers to conduct imaging tests like CT and PET scans.

Upon graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an Emphasis in Nuclear Medicine. You will then be eligible to sit for your board exams through NMTCB and ARRT.

NMTCB Credentialing Information

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

Before You Apply

To apply for the program, you must complete the general education requirements, major prerequisites and be college sophomores in good standing prior to starting the Nuclear Medicine Program. Certain requirements may be waived for those applicants with a previous bachelor or associate of arts degree.

Review the School of Health Professions Student Services Advising Worksheets or make an appointment with the SHP Student Services for additional information on general education and program prerequisites.

Admission Criteria

  • Admission to MU. For information on how to apply to the University of Missouri click here.
  • Completion of general course prerequisites
  • Completion of program prerequisites
  • Completed Application Packet submitted to admissions committee
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Evidence of interest and knowledge of the field
  • Volunteer or observation experiences
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview

Accepted Student Requirements

All accepted students must:

  • provide a current immunization record and update as required;
  • complete a nationwide criminal background check as well as a caregiver screening through Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services using their social security number;
  • submit to a 14 Panel Drug Test;
  • have current certification in BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers through any AHA (American Heart Association) certified course, this certification must be maintained throughout the entire professional phase of the program;
    • The Nuclear Medicine program will certify accepted students during the student’s professional phase.
  • purchase lab coats, scrubs and other materials for their classroom and clinical training;
  • have reliable transportation;
  • maintain the required minimum 2.5 GPA per semester as well as cumulative;
  • successfully completely all pre-requisite courses; and
  • follow all rules and regulations in the Nuclear Medicine Policy Manual.

How to Apply

Follow the instructions below to download and complete your application, along with other required forms. For questions regarding your prerequisites, contact the program director or the School of Health Professions Student Services advisor.

Required Application Materials

Download and save the documents to your local/cloud drive. Open PDF documents in Adobe Reader (not a browser). To do this: download the form to a local drive, open Adobe Reader, click open and find the form (if your default to open a PDF is not Adobe Reader).

Warningsome people are reporting errors getting the information below. Please email Adria Koehn at KoehnA@health.missouri.edu to get an email with the application documents. We apologize for the inconvenience!

  1. Download Application Information and follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Use/reference the Nuclear Medicine Application Checklistto tracking your packet materials.
  3. Complete the undergraduate application packet.  This should be returned via email as well as a signed hard copy.
    1. in PDF form
    2. in Word form
  4. Complete the Clinical Immunizations Form and return with supporting documentation (scanned copies are acceptable at this point). The Clinical Immunizations Form should be returned via email as well as a signed hard copy. Supporting materials can be returned either way.
    Note: this is not a checklist (this is informational only) – do not try to complete all the items on this list before turning in your application and/or making an appointment with Student Health. You will have plenty of time to complete these after.

    1. in PDF form
    2. in Word form
  5. Read and sign the Eligibility for ARRT Certification.
  6. Read and sign the Essential Requirements Form.
  7. Complete 8 hours of observation. Take the Observation Form with you and make sure the supervising technologist signs the form upon completion. You can scan the form and attach with your application materials or deliver to the committee.
    If you completed NucMed 1000, attach a scanned copy of your completed observations through this course to fulfill the requirement.
  8. Submit the $40.00 Nuclear Medicine Program application fee. Check or Money Order should be made out to University of Missouri. Do not send cash via mail. We are unable to accept Mizzou Student Charge. Credit or debit cards are acceptable (email umhsshpcds@health.missouri.edu for additional information).
  9. Distribute two Recommendation Forms to be returned directly to the Admissions Committee by February 1st. This should not be delivered by the applicant. You should have a recommendation form from 2 different categories.
    1. in PDF form(and)
    2. in Word form

All application materials are due no later than Feb. 1 (if Feb. 1 falls on a weekend, please return by no later than 3 p.m. the Friday prior). Hand delivered items should be turned in by no later than 3 p.m. on the due date. Mailed items should be postmarked by Feb. 1.

Nuclear Medicine Applications Committee
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences Department
School of Health Professions
University of Missouri
605 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-4230

Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (email for appointment)

It is highly advisable to schedule an appointment with the program director and/or  advisor in SHP Student Services to check your acceptance eligibility prior to submitting an application.

Transfer Students

Transfer students need to apply to the University of Missouri and be accepted by the University in order to be eligible for entrance into the Radiography Program. It is highly recommended that you contact the Radiography Program Director and/or the School of Health Professions Student Services advisor early in this process.

Information for International Students

We expect international students to know English well enough to:

  • Comprehend oral lectures
  • Participate in discussions
  • Read textbooks with full comprehension
  • Write effectively in English

The Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is required of every applicant whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score cannot be more than two years old. Our minimum TOEFL score requirement is 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internet-based test); however, many other departments may have higher requirements.

Guaranteed Admission: SHarP Scholar Application

The Nuclear Medicine Program offers a guaranteed admission option for high school seniors and first semester MU freshmen. Students selected as SHarP Scholars, who remain in good standing, are guaranteed a position in the Nuclear Medicine Program upon successful completion of the requirements for admission to the program.

Potential SHarP Scholar students must:

  • Rank in the top 10% of their high school class of the time of application
  • Attain a minimum composite score of 30 on their ACT or 1330 on their SAT
  • Make an appointment to meet with the program director to discuss your application
  • Complete and return SHarP Scholar application materials by the due date
    • Submit the provided Recommendation Forms as instructed
    • Complete minimum required observation hours as instructed by the program
    • Complete an interview if necessary

**Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee acceptance as a SHarP Scholar

To apply, click each form to download the Word or PDF format (PDF documents should be opened using Adobe Reader and not PDF viewers):

  • Submit the SHarP Scholar Application by carefully reading and following the included instructions
    • download the application in the Word or PDF format
  • Submit a Recommendation form to your Guidance Counselor or Principal
    • download the Recommendation form in a Word or PDF format
  • Submit a Recommendation form to a Teacher or Professor who is familiar with your academic performance
    • download the Recommendation form in a Word or PDF format
  • Complete and log 8 hours of observation in a Nuclear Medicine department on the Observation Form

Costs and Financial Information

Costs to attend the University of Missouri may be found on the Cashier’s website:

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Refunds

Refunds are handled through the Office of Cashiers and may be accessed through the University of Missouri home page at the following URLs:

Estimated Additional Costs

In addition to the University tuition and fees, room and board, and personal expenses, program students will have additional costs associated with the program, clinical affiliations and being a professional. Costs are subject to change. Students should budget for at least the following ancillary costs:

  • Transportation to clinical sites in and around Columbia
  • Estimated costs associated with background checks: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services $12, nationwide background check $28.95/year
  • Costs associated with drug testing (Panel 14 Drug Screen) $42.50/year
  • Immunizations: MU students must comply with the mandatory MU immunization policy (http://studenthealth.missouri.edu/forms&policies/immunization.html)
  • Procedures and services not provided by the Student Health Fee.(http://studenthealth.missouri.edu/needtoknow/healthfee.html).
  • E*Value clinical management system $179/year (during clinical phase)
  • As a student you are not covered by Workman’s Compensation; therefore, all students are urged to have some type of medical hospitalization insurance.
  • Scrubs (black) approximately $95-120 for 3 sets
  • Work shoes $70-100
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers training: $60 (2 year certification)
  • Pharmacy Technician Test Kits $65
  • Pharmacy Technician Application $78.05 + annual renewal fee
  • Dosimeter charges
  • Registry exam(s)
  • Books
  • Board exams
  • PPE

Length of Study

Pre-professional Phase

2 years to complete general education requirements of MU and program prerequisites

Professional Phase

24 months (2 years) to complete the professional phase

Program Entrance Date

Fall Semester (typically Junior year)

Application Deadline

February 1 of each year