Specialty training pathways for technologists


The Department of Radiology offers specialty training programs for technologists who wish to obtain additional skills. We currently offer the MRI Educational Program and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program.

The MRI Educational Program is for registered radiologic technologists, registered nuclear medicine technologists and registered radiation therapy technologists seeking to specialize in magnetic resonance imaging.

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program is for anyone holding a bachelor's degree, associate's degree or registered radiologic technologists seeking to specialize in nuclear medicine imaging.


MRI

MRI Educational Program

MRI Educational Program

The MRI Educational Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is designed to fill the continuing education needs of registered imaging technologists and to provide a career ladder for those who wish to obtain additional skills in the specialized and growing area of magnetic resonance imaging. This program is for registered radiologic technologists, registered nuclear medicine technologists and registered radiation therapy technologists seeking to specialize in magnetic resonance imaging.

Graduates of this program will meet all requirements for board certification in magnetic resonance imaging by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The 12-month program consists of clinical, research and classroom education. It is conducted by the Division of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The program will accept seven students per year.

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Curriculum

The program will follow the curriculum guidelines set down by the Section for Magnetic Resonance Imaging within the ISMRM (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine). Both the classroom and clinical portions of the MRI Educational Program are conducted in the Division of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center specialists conduct education for this program. Classroom and clinical education portions of the program are conducted simultaneously throughout the program. Didactic education is approximately 350 hours and clinical education is approximately 1,000 hours. 

How to Apply

Each new class begins on the last Monday of June and ends on the first Friday of the following June. Applications are accepted from July 1 until April 1. The applicant's college transcript must be submitted with the application. Letters of recommendation from two individuals familiar with the applicant's professional and/or academic ability must also be submitted with the application. Download the application.

Beginning January 1, the Educational Advisory Committee reviews applications and schedules interviews. Notification of acceptance into the program is received no later than June 1. Acceptance is based on the student's educational achievement, medical related experience and knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging. Prior observation in a magnetic resonance department is highly recommended.

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MRI Educational Program Directors

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Ashok Saraswat

Ashok Saraswat, MS, B. Ed., R.T. (R) (MR)

MRI Educational Program Director

Before becoming the director of the MRI educational program, Ashok served as associate director of radiology and cardiology at OSU Hospital East. He has worked in the MRI field at the OSU Medical Center since 1986. 

Ashok.Saraswat@osumc.edu

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Joseph S. Yu, MD

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Education

MRI Educational Program Medical Director
Section Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology
Associate Professor of Radiology

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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program

Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides an in-depth education leading to the career goal of certified nuclear medicine technologist. The 12-month program, consisting of both clinical and classroom education, is conducted by the Division of Nuclear Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Students are provided with ample opportunities for experiencing all facets of the field of nuclear medicine technology such as SPECT/CT, PET/CT, radioactive therapies and research.

The Ohio State University Medical Center's Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Class capacity is a maximum of 10 students per year. Graduates meet all requirements for board certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and/or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).

Curriculum

Both the classroom and clinical portions of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program are conducted in the Division of Nuclear Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Rotation areas include the new Nuclear Cardiology Lab in the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, PET/CT lab in Doan Hall, the main nuclear medicine area in Doan Hall and at University Hospital East's nuclear medicine area.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center personnel conduct all education. The classroom and clinical education portions of the program are carried out simultaneously throughout the program. Didactic education is approximately 400 hours and clinical education is approximately 1,750 hours. This is a full-time program lasting approximately eight and a half hours per day. Class time and clinical rotations are held during daytime hours Monday through Friday. There are no weekend, evening, or online classes.

How to Apply

Each new class begins on the last Monday of June and completes on the third Friday of the following June. Applications are accepted from July 1 until April 1. The applicant's college transcript must be submitted along with the application. Letters of recommendation from two individuals familiar with the applicant's professional and/or academic ability must also be submitted with the application. A $25 dollar application fee and current photograph is required when submitting the application. The education committee recommends to submit a resume and observation documentation along with application.

Beginning January 1, applications will be reviewed by the Educational Advisory Committee and an interview will be arranged for a time in the month of April. Notification of acceptance into the educational program will be made no later than June 1. Acceptance is based on the student's educational achievement, medical related experience and knowledge of nuclear medicine. Prior observation in a nuclear medicine department is highly recommended.

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Send applications to:

Stacey Copley, MS, CNMT, RT(N)
Program Director

Stacey.Copley@osumc.edu


203 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 293-3131
Fax: (614) 293- 7806

Requirements

In addition to a college degree, each applicant must submit on an official college transcript with the following pre-requisite classes:

  • Human Anatomy (level I required, level II preferred)
  • Human Physiology (level I required, level II preferred)
    • Note - If this is a combined course, then Level one and two are required
    • The Anatomy Lab is required if not included in the lecture course
  • General Chemistry (level I required, level II preferred)
    • General Chemistry Lab - if not included with the lecture course
  • General Physics (level I required, level II preferred)
  • Math (college algebra or a higher level math course)
  • Computer science (programming course not required)
  • English Composition
  • Oral Communications
  • Medical Terminology
  • A humanities course
  • A social science (this includes psychology)

Clinical observation in a nuclear medicine department is not required but highly recommended. Please contact Stacey Copley for more information on the program, application process and/or observation details.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Educational Program Directors

Our leaders

Stacey Copley

Stacey Copley, MS, CNMT, RT(N)

Nuclear Medicine Educational Program Director

Stacey.Copley@osumc.edu
Phone: 614-293-3131 
Fax: 614-293-7806

Rm. 203 East Doan Hall
410 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Mona Natwa

Mona Natwa, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nuclear Medicine

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Alicia McGough

Alicia McGough, MS, CNMT

Clinical Supervisor, Nuclear Medicine Educational Program

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