The NMTCB has developed a post-primary certification exam for computed tomography (CT). The NMTCB (CT) credential is designed to establish the competency of a nuclear medicine technologist to perform CT procedures. This examination is planned for delivery in 2014.
Rationale for a Post-Primary CT Credential
The NMTCB has confirmed that there is a demand within the nuclear medicine field for a post-primary CT credential. In a recent survey of nuclear medicine technologists, 32% of the respondents stated that there is at least one PET/CT or SPECT/CT device at the institution. Of that 32%, 45% stated that a nuclear medicine technologist is responsible for operating the CT portion of the device there. Responding to this expressed need, the NMTCB will incorporate this credential under the scope of its credentialing services. The NMTCB's mission of validating the professional preparation of nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) through certification puts the NMTCB in a unique position to offer this examination leading to the post-primary CT credential for NMTs.
The NMTCB (CT) credential will attest to the qualifications of the NMT in that the individual has met the educational and clinical requirements specified by the credential in the healthcare field. This NMTCB (CT) credential will provide employers with the option to hire one credentialed employee to perform both components of a PET/CT or SPECT/CT unit when used in the dual combination mode or CT mode.
The eligibility requirements are as follows:
- An active NMTCB, RT(N)(ARRT) , or CAMRT nuclear medicine technology certification.
- A minimum of 500 total hours in PET/CT, SPECT/CT and/or CT.
- The expectation of these diagnostic clinical hours is to include:
- Medications and Contrast Agents
- System Operations and Instrumentation
- Data Acquisition and Post Processing
- CT Image Quality and Quality Assurance
- Patient Handling and Radiation Safety
- Procedures and Anatomy
- Clinical hours must be obtained within 3 years of application for the CT exam.
- Clinical hours may be acquired in the role of a student in an accredited nuclear medicine program.
- Clinical hours may be performed on a stand-alone CT scanner, or on a CT scanner fused with a PET or SPECT.
- Clinical hours may be obtained prior to being certified as a nuclear medicine technologist.
- Contrast administration
- Cross-sectional anatomy
- X-ray physics
- CT radiation safety
- Applicants who graduated from a nuclear medicine program before 2011 are required to have the didactic hours verified via proper documentation. Those who graduated from a JRCNMT accredited nuclear medicine program after June 2011 are considered to have met this didactic requirement. Graduates who apply for the NMTCB(CT) examination within three (3) years of completing a programmatically accredited nuclear medicine program are considered to have met this didactic requirement.
For more information, please contact NMTCB at firstname.lastname@example.org. November 18, 2013