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Friday, February 4, 2011

College Major of the Week: Nuclear Medicine

This week: Nuclear Medicine at SCSU in St Cloud, MN
- Length of the program: 4 years (bachelor's degree)
- Typical Career Name: Nuclear Medical Technologist, Radiologic Technologist, Radiation Therapist
- What do I do with this? Nuclear medical technology programs teach people how to use radioactive atoms to diagnose and treat health problems. Students learn health physics. They learn how to operate equipment and maintain radiation safety.
- Things to know: Working with radioactive atoms means exposure to radiation. Part of this program involves learning the proper safety procedures to protect yourself. Following these procedures gives you an excellent chance of avoiding danger. And as an extra precaution, you wear a badge that keeps track of how much radiation you've been exposed to.

For your clinical education assignments, you're responsible for your own transportation as well as your uniform, shoes, and name badge.

Graduating from a nuclear medical technology program qualifies you to sit for the certification exams given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

Currently, 21 states in the country require you to be licensed to practice nuclear medical technology.
- Approximate starting wage: $81,000 per year with a high growth (meaning a good job outlook)!

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