Frequently Asked Questions
Can you become a nuclear
pharmacist without going to pharmacy school?
must have a degree in pharmacy, either a B.S. or Pharm.D.
think I'm interested in nuclear pharmacy, where do I
don't know much about nuclear pharmacy and have never
visited one, that is where we suggest that you start.
Call a local nuclear pharmacy and set up a day to visit
and shadow a nuclear pharmacist.
Where are the current job
openings in nuclear pharmacy?
There is a current
available on this website. Job openings can
change on a daily basis. You will also want to
check with the large nuclear pharmacy companies job
boards for a more up-to-date listing.
can I find a preceptor?
Many pharmacists in the NEO program are already hired by a
nuclear pharmacy company. Pharmacists can receive
training to become a nuclear pharmacist independently,
but they will need previous experience in a nuclear
pharmacy or find a nuclear pharmacist that is
willing to let you shadow or become your preceptor.
You can not start the program without at least visiting
a nuclear pharmacy. You can find a list of
nuclear pharmacies in your area.
How much does it cost to
to help individual pharmacists and student pharmacists
get started in nuclear pharmacy without being too cost
prohibitive, we have a special tuition discount for
students and we allow pharmacists to start the program
with as little as $500 down.
been hired, when should I start the classes?
can start the classes at any time. However, we generally
recommend that pharmacists new to the field of nuclear
pharmacy spend 2-4 weeks working in the pharmacy prior
to starting the didactic courses.
does the problem-based-learning course start?
can start the basic didactic courses of nuclear physics,
radiation safety, radiation biology, instrumentation,
and radiochemistry at any time. These are the
required courses for Authorized User training. In
addition, NEO offers a Problem-Based-Learning (PBL)
course to cover the radiopharmacology and clinical uses
of the radioisotopes. The PBL course is offered
periodically throughout the year when we get a group of
5-8 pharmacists for the discussions. The PBL
course has a one hour per week conference call/webinar
to review the cases. The PBL course will not hold
up your application to be added to a radioactive
previously worked in
nuclear pharmacy, do I need refresher training?
If it has
been more than seven years since you have practiced
nuclear pharmacy the NRC or Agreement State agency may
require all or part of the training to be retaken.
It is advised to check with your state regulatory agency
for clarification on any refresher training that may be
Will I receive
ACPE approved continuing education?
Upon completion of the program we will request your
pharmacy license number for CPE records. You will
receive documentation of your nuclear pharmacy training
and continuing education credits. Live CE
credit is now available for your participation in the