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Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's Nuclear Medicine program, the following are required:

  1. Degree/Academic Requirements
    Applicants must currently be one of the following registered professionals. Credentials or transcripts not from an accredited U.S. academic institution will require evaluation by the KU Office of International Student Services before they will be accepted for eligibility.

    • Registered Radiology Technologist (ARRT)*
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARDMS)*
    • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (ARDMS)*
    • Certified Medical Technologist
    • Registered Nurse
    • Associates degree in a medical imaging profession with current registry or licensure
    • Bachelor’s degree in a health care or science field (e.g., nursing, biology, chemistry)
      * applicant may be a registry candidate but will be required to pass the registry before entrance into the program.
  2. Prerequisite Courses
    The following college courses must be completed to be eligible for the Nuclear Medicine program:

    College Algebra
    College English
    Computer Science
    Chemistry with Lab
    General Physics

    Medical Terminology
    Humanities Course
    Social Sciences Course
    Human Anatomy with Lab
    Human Physiology with Lab
    Oral Communications

    Note: For graduates from an accredited x-ray program, please contact the program director regarding prerequisite completion.

  3. Grade Point Average
    An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be eligible to apply. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course (above).

  4. Health and Physical Requirements
    Good physical and mental health are essential to the field of nuclear medicine. Specifically, excellent visual acuity is necessary. The Nuclear Medicine Student must also have manual dexterity, sufficient hearing and speech, and good physical coordination in positioning patients and operating nuclear medicine equipment.  Students must have full utility of both arms, hands and fingers in order to perform examinations and operate equipment. The ability to handle extremely heavy objects is required.

    Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case by case basis by the program and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at KUMC. Please review the program's technical standards for details. The Educational Programs of the University of Kansas Medical Center reserve the right to make changes without prior notice to any of the polices stated in this document.

  5. Background Check
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. Applicants will be asked to provide information and make the payment once officially accepted into the program. A drug screening may also be required. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check information.

  6. International Students
    An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

Transfer Students: Due to the nature of this intensive twelve-month training program, we do not accept advanced placement, part-time or transfer students.

See also: English Language Requirements

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Last modified: Apr 16, 2018

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

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