The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board has Developed a Post-Primary Computed Tomography (CT) Credential
The NMTCB has developed a new post-primary certification exam for computed tomography (CT). The NMTCB (CT) credential will be considered an extension of the entry-level nuclear medicine exam and 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 CNMT, RT(N)(ARRT) , or CAMRT nuclear medicine technology certification.
- A minimum of 500 total hours in PET/CT, SPECT/CT and/or CT.
- 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 one type of scanner, or a combination of multiple scanners
- 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 before 2011 are required to have the didactic hours verified via proper documentation. Those who graduated from a programmatically accredited nuclear medicine program after 2011 are deemed to have met this didactic requirement.
For more information, please contact NMTCB at email@example.com. November 18, 2013
The NMTCB now accepts the successful completion of the ARDMS RVT Specialty Examination as being the equivalent to 24 hours of continuing education toward compliance with the CE Policy. October 24, 2011
NMAA Specialty Exam information and application are now available. January 6, 2011
NCT and PET Specialty Exam applications are now online. See our applications page for more details. October 12, 2010
The NMCTB will recognize AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) as being the equivalent to 6 hours of continuing education. Holding both ACLS and PALS certification will be recognized as being the equivalent to 9 hours of continuing education. See CE Policy for full details.(October 12, 2010)
NMTCB to Require Programmatic Accreditation by 2016
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) has approved new eligibility requirements to take effect in 2016. Under these new requirements, the NMTCB will only accept applications for the entry level examination from graduates of programmatically accredited nuclear medicine technology educational programs beginning January 1, 2016.
Accreditation is a voluntary process which may be undertaken by schools to demonstrate compliance with specific standards designed to indicate a level of education quality.
The NMTCB currently accepts applications from graduates of regionally accredited schools as well as programmatically accredited education programs. Regional accreditation is a voluntary process through which a school, usually a college or university, undergoes a lengthy and detailed review of their programs, campuses, and educational delivery methods by one of six regional accrediting agencies. While holding regional accreditation demonstrates compliance with very high educational standards, this type of accreditation does not utilize nuclear medicine professionals to assess the quality and clinical standards specific to the nuclear medicine education program.
Programs that obtain voluntary programmatic accreditation must demonstrate adherence to quality educational standards specific to nuclear medicine. Their graduates must demonstrate that they have met minimal clinical competency standards. In addition, each program and clinical site is visited and assessed by nuclear medicine and education professionals on a regular basis. Many of the current nuclear medicine technology education programs that are affiliated with regionally accredited colleges or universities also obtain programmatic accreditation in order to demonstrate their dedication to the highest standards of the nuclear medicine profession.
It is the position of the NMTCB that requiring programmatic accreditation will help to assure other nuclear medicine professionals, employers, licensing agencies and the public that a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist has clearly demonstrated the knowledge and clinical competence to perform safe, effective nuclear medicine procedures with the highest level of quality clinical standards as defined by the profession of Nuclear Medicine Technology. updated May 18, 2010
SNMTS/NMTCB VOICE Credit Sharing Is Now Available
VOICE credit sharing is now available to all NMTCB certificants. This new service will ensure timely and accurate continuing education (CE) reporting to the NMTCB and will save time and storage space when collecting CE data to forward during a CE audit.
What you need to know for accurate VOICE reporting:
- Your VOICE transcript is only as accurate as the information provided. You should visit the SNM web site to verify the accuracy of your VOICE transcripts and report any missing information to the SNM Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- VOICE transcripts are not updated instantaneously. It may take up to 60 days for credits to appear on the VOICE transcript. In the event of an audit, you will be responsible for reporting all credits newer than 60 days old, as well as any credits not recorded with VOICE.
- If you are selected for an audit, we will first check for a VOICE transcript. If you have signed up for credit sharing and your transcript demonstrates that you have met the CE requirement, you will receive a letter from us stating that you were audited and met the requirement. If you haven't signed up or if your transcript does not show enough hours within the CE cycle, you will be sent a letter asking for additional credit information.
NMTCB's mandatory Continuing Education policy took effect January 1, 2006
NMTCB's mandatory Disciplinary policy took effect January 1, 2005
The Alternate Eligibility Pathway to qualify to sit for the entry level exam will be phased out by 2015.