Graduates find work as nuclear medicine technologists in hospitals, community clinics, private laboratories, research and teaching institutions. In order to find employment, many graduates must relocate across Canada or to the United States.
• Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
• Students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week outside of class studying.
• Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
• Basic to intermediate computer skills are necessary for this field. An acceptable computer skill level would include the ability to use word processing, spreadsheets and communication software. Educational interaction in this program depends on these computer skills. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure adequacy of these skills prior to the program admission.
• Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide, use critical thinking practice, are eager, persevere and enjoy working in a team environment.
• Students who experience success in this program have the following characteristics:
o The ability to handle unpleasant situations
o Are capable of lifting heavy objects and patients
o The ability to stand for extended periods of time
o The ability to work in difficult physical positions
o Good hand and finger dexterity and stamina; and
o Strong vision and hearing
• Because of the nature of this work, students must be capable of lifting heavy patients, standing for long periods of time, and working in awkward physical positions
• Individuals with previous chronic or repetitive strain injuries have experienced re-injury or aggravation of these conditions in this program and/or as a technologist.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Nuclear Medicine Technology diploma.
Graduates are eligible to challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam which is a requirement for registration and employment for registered nuclear medicine technologists in Canada. Graduates are eligible to challenge the American Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exam.