Cardiology Exam Information
The NMTCB NCT Examination is a time-limited exam. A successful candidate's certification will last
seven (7) years from the exam date, and will expire thereafter. In order to recertify after
seven years, one must meet current eligibility requirements and pass the NCT Exam again.
- Certification must be renewed annually but the NCT Certificant does not have to consistently maintain NMTCB (CNMT) certification and/or ARRT(N) and/or CAMRT nuclear medicine credentials.
- NCT Certification is valid for up to 7 years as is consistent for all NMTCB Specialty Exams. After 7 years, recertification will be required. This means the certificant must pass a recertification examination in order to maintain the credentials.
- Biennial Continuing Education Requirements:
- The NCT Certificant is not required to obtain addditional CE in order to maintain this specialty credential.
Introduction to the NCT Exam
The nuclear cardiology technologist is a nuclear medicine technologist who has a high level of knowledge in nuclear cardiology and is dedicated to producing high quality, diagnostically accurate results in a manner that is safe and effective for the patient. In addition to meeting all the eligibility requirements for an entry level nuclear medicine technologist and passing the certification exam, the nuclear cardiology technologist has additional clinical experience and knowledge specific to the use of instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals and adjunct medications in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
The NCT Exam is administered by the NMTCB as a specialty examination designed to allow the nuclear cardiology technologist the opportunity to demonstrate his or her expertise in the field of nuclear cardiology technology and properly use the credentials "NCT".
- The NMTCB recognizes the passing of the NCT Exam as being the equivalent of 24 hours of CE toward meeting the NMTCB CE requirements.
- 24 SNMMI VOICE credits are awarded for passing the NCT Exam. If you are not a member of the SNMMI, contact them at 703-708-9000 or www.snmmi.org to join.
- The ARRT recognizes the passing of the NCT Exam as being the equivalent of 24 hours of Category A continuing education
A candidate for examination must show documented evidence of the following:
- Active NMTCB, ARRT(N), or CAMRT nuclear medicine certification
- A minimum of two years full-time (4,000 hours) clinical experience as a
certified/registered nuclear medicine technologist; OR
a minimum 700 hours of documented clinical experience as a certified/registered nuclear medicine technologist performing all aspects of nuclear cardiology imaging including radiopharmaceutical handling, injection if permitted by state and/or institutional regulations) and imaging. Supervision must be performed by a board certified nuclear cardiologist, nuclear medicine physician or radiologist OR direct supervision must be performed by a certified NMTCB, ARRT(N) or CAMRT nuclear medicine technologist. (Please note that the two year (4,000 hours) option is scheduled to be phased out March 15, 2013)
- Previous NCT certificant holders are eligible to take the NCT examination.
The following is a list of the content for the NMTCB's Nuclear Cardiology Specialty Exam.
- Nuclear Medicine Imaging Procedures (~50%)
- myocardial perfusion (~38%)
- equilibrium radionuclide angiogram, first pass studies (~8%)
- Cardiac PET (~4%)
- Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology (~10%)
- Radiopharmaceuticals and Interventional Drugs (~15%)
- Non-pharmacologic (Exercise) Stress Testing (~15%)
- Patient Care (~10%)
Click here to see the more detailed exam content specifications.
We need your assistance. The NMTCB is in need of Nuclear Cardiology Technologists (NCT's) to write exam items for the Cardiology Specialty examination. If you are interested, please visit our Item Writer's Invitation page or contact us at email@example.com. We really appreciate your support!The following is a listing of the number of Active NCT Certificants by State, Province and Territory: