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Nuclear Pharmacy Technician Training

Program Description

The goal of this program is to provide the nuclear pharmacy technician with the knowledge to demonstrate drug information, follow correct procedures pertaining to the accurate calculation and measurement of prescription radiopharmaceuticals and to assist the nuclear pharmacist in administrative and customer service issues on a daily basis within the governing laws and regulations of the specific practice site. For the Nuclear Pharmacy Technician, this program offers an opportunity to demonstrate their command of knowledge that is central to their work in supporting a nuclear pharmacist.

Prerequisite: 

  • Employment in a nuclear pharmacy
  • A minimum of 90-days experience as a nuclear pharmacy technician.
  • Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist preceptor
  • A score of 70 percent or more on Math Review Assessment

Program Objectives

1.      Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the specific nuclear pharmacy site with emphasis on the technician duties and responsibilities, including standards of ethics governing pharmacy practice.

2.      Demonstrate a working knowledge of the radiopharmaceutical terms, abbreviations, and symbols commonly used in prescribing, compounding and dispensing radiopharmaceuticals.

3.      Demonstrate an ability to perform the mathematical calculations required for the usual dosage determinations and solution preparations in the compounding and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals.

4.      Demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions relating to drug purchasing and inventory control.

5.      Demonstrate a working knowledge of drug dosages by imaging procedure, routes of administration, dosage forms, and be able to distinguish therapeutic from diagnostic radiopharmaceutical utilization.

6.      Demonstrate working knowledge of the procedures and operations relating to the reconstitution, packaging and labeling of radiopharmaceuticals.

7.      Demonstrate a working knowledge of the procedures and techniques relating to aseptic compounding and parenteral admixture operations.

8.      Demonstrate the ability to perform the usual technician functions associated with a specific radiopharmacy.

9.      Demonstrate the ability to perform the manipulative and record keeping functions associated with the compounding and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals.

10. Demonstrate the manipulative and record keeping functions associated with quality control testing of radiopharmaceuticals.

Suggested References

  • State Board of Pharmacy Regulations and Statues
  • Practical Mathematics in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Excellent review of math used in radiopharmacy
By Patricia Wells, MAE, CNMT and Martha Pickett, MHSA, CNMT
Society of Nuclear Medicine (www.snm.org) ISBN: 0932004679
Softcover, 1999, 373 pp, Price: $63, SNM Member Price: $45
  • Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Pharmacy and Nuclear Medicine, 2nd Edition
Excellent source for comprehensive radiopharmacy information
By Richard J Kowalsky, PharmD, BCNP, FAPhA and Steven W Falen, MD, PhD
American Pharmacists Association, (www.aphanet.org (under Store)
ISBN: 1582120315 Hard cover, 2004, 650 pp, Price $129.95, APhA Member Price $109.95)
  • Nuclear Pharmacy Policy & Procedure Manual (site specific)

Program Organization

This self-study program represents a minimum of ten weeks of supervised, experiential training with an Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist preceptor.  Those candidates with nuclear pharmacy experience should complete the program in not less than twenty weeks.  No specific schedule or curriculum is required for program completion. 

The requirements are outlined below.

  1. The candidate and preceptor should meet at least weekly to assess accomplishments, identify additional areas of study and determine the goals and objectives for the following week.
  2. Each module consists of several parts.
    1. American Pharmacists Association goals, competencies and training guidelines, these provide focus on the tasks to be completed.
    2. Content, provides supplemental information towards meeting the module goal.
    3. Exercises and worksheets, these provide reinforcement of the competencies and provide proof of competency to the preceptor.
    4. Competency assessment, a document completed by both the candidate and the preceptor to assure that outlined competencies have been met.
    5. Knowledge assessment, an online self assessment for review of understanding of the module competencies.
  3. A comprehensive, online assessment (final exam) must be successfully completed as documentation of subject mastery.  Successful assessment will result in a certificate of competency as a Nuclear Pharmacy Technician.

 Course Outline

  1. Organization and Pharmacy Law
  2. Terms and Abbreviations
  3. Calculations
  4. Inventory Management
  5. Radiopharmaceutical Dosages
  6. Radiopharmaceutical Preparation
  7. Aseptic Technique
  8. Record keeping Part I
  9. Record Keeping Part II
  10. Quality Control

Course Assessment

Module Self-Assessments:  These quizzes are intended to provide the candidate with feedback on mastery of the competencies outline in the APhA guidelines.  They can be used to identify areas that require additional study or to determine subject mastery.  Each self-assessment is computer graded.  If some questions are missed, review the materials and retake the self-assessment until all material is understood.

Each module contains a self assessment that may be taken an unlimited number of times.  A final score of 70 percent or more is required for each module before attempting the final assessment.

Final Assessment:  The final assessment is available to those candidates who have completed all modular self assessments with a score of 70 percent or more.  The final assessment is available as a single attempt within a prescribed time frame.  The final assessment may be taken only once.  A score of 70 percent is required to be successful in program completion.  Scores of less than 70 percent will require remediation.

Program Costs:  Tuition for the NPT training program is $1800, which includes online instruction, aseptic technique DVD and manual, and competency assessments.  Students that are unable to complete the education program may request a full or partial refund.

Program Enrollment:  Please fax or email the completed the enrollment form.

ACPE Accreditation:  This program provides pharmacy participants 35 contact hours. These continuing education (CE) credits are provided for those participants enrolled as of April 26, 2006. To receive credit, the student must complete all program evaluation forms and pass the course final with a 70% or better.  Statements of credit will be issued by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), College of Pharmacy (COP) CE office within 10 business days of receipt of necessary materials from NEO. NEO has 30 business days to provide the necessary materials to the UAMS COP CE office. All grievances must be submitted in writing within 60 business days from the date of the program.

Questions or Concerns:

Questions and/or concerns about this program should be directed to Nicki Hilliard at NLHilliard@uams.edu or 501-686-6398