Frequently Asked Questions

Specialty Exams
ANSWERS
  1. Does specialty certification in NCT or PET expire?
    The PET exam and the NCT exam are "specialty certifications" intended to describe the successful candidate as having demonstrated expertise in the respective field. Because these specialty fields are evolving at a rapid pace, the NMTCB Board of Directors has decided that these certifications will be time limited rather than rely on continuing education as a means of trying to maintain and continually demonstrate that expertise. Upon successfully passing either of these specialty exams and proving one's expertise, the specialty certification is considered good for a period of seven years. Once the seven year certification period has passed, the individual is required to submit an application, meet the current eligibility requirements and pass the current specialty exam in order to regain the specialty credentials.
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  2. I would like to take the nuclear cardiology technology boards. Are there any study guides or materials you recommend?
    The NMTCB develops items for the NCT exam utilizing the content outline, which is posted on line at www.nmtcb.org/specialty/examContentSpec.php, and commonly available nuclear medicine and cardiology texts. Officially, the Board does not make recommendations about specific study guides or materials but rather suggests the candidate review the content outline, identify areas of potential weakness and then study that information using available texts.
    You might also check the SNM website at www.snm.org. We understand that they recently published a study guide based on their successful review courses.
    From time to time, both the SNM and ASNC (www.asnc.org) sponsor review courses as well.

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  3. What are the eligibility requirements to sit for the NCT exam?
    The eligibility requirements for the NCT Specialty Exam are:
    1. Active NMTCB, ARRT(N), or CAMRT nuclear medicine certification
    2. Clinical Experience as a certified/registered nuclear medicine technologist in Nuclear Medicine Technology for a minimum of two years full-time (4,000 hours)

    You may read more about the exam at www.nmtcb.org/specialty/cardiology.php and you may download a copy of the application at www.nmtcb.org/documents/CardioApp.pdf.

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  4. I want to study for the PET Exam, any suggestions ?
    The NMTCB develops items for the PET exam utilizing the content outline, which is posted on line at www.nmtcb.org/specialty/PETContentOutline.php, and commonly available nuclear medicine and PET texts.
    Officially, the Board does not make recommendations about specific study guides or materials but rather suggests the candidate review the content outline, identify areas of potential weakness and then study that information using available texts.
    You might also check the SNM website at www.snm.org. We understand that they recently published a study guide based on their successful review courses. From time to time, the SNM sponsors review courses as well.

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