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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take an exam after I graduate?

Yes, to become credentialed as a nuclear medicine technologist graduates must take and pass a national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.  To maintain this credential registrants must submit 24 hours of continuing education to the ARRT or NMTCB every 24 months.  For additional information please see or

Must I be licensed in the state of Ohio for employment?

Yes, in the state of Ohio and nearly every other state in the United States, individuals working with ionizing radiation in a healthcare setting must be licensed.  In Ohio, as in most states, once graduates pass the credentialing exam they submit that credential to the Ohio Department of Health, along with a fee, and their licenses will be issued.

Is there a waiting list for clinical placement for the nuclear medicine program?

There may be, though being an academically successful student is important for success in the nuclear program, other traits that are difficult to measure are also important.  Therefore, we welcome all students who meet the minimum selective admissions requirements and place all of those students on a waiting list.  Students may have to wait anywhere from one to four semesters for a clinical assignment to begin the program.

What do I do while I’m waiting for a clinical assignment?

  1. Complete all of the general education coursework that is in the nuclear medicine program. 
  2. Begin taking classes for a bachelor’s degree.  Having a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging will offer many professional opportunities.  Owens has agreements with Ohio University that allow students to take additional Owens coursework that will fulfill requirements toward a bachelor’s degree. Visit enrollment services to meet with representatives from OU to discuss your options. 

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