Nuclear Pharmacy Technician Training
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.
- 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
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.
a working knowledge of the radiopharmaceutical terms, abbreviations, and symbols
commonly used in prescribing, compounding and dispensing radiopharmaceuticals.
an ability to perform the mathematical calculations required for the usual
dosage determinations and solution preparations in the compounding and
dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals.
the ability to perform the essential functions relating to drug purchasing and
a working knowledge of drug dosages by imaging procedure, routes of
administration, dosage forms, and be able to distinguish therapeutic from
diagnostic radiopharmaceutical utilization.
working knowledge of the procedures and operations relating to the
reconstitution, packaging and labeling of radiopharmaceuticals.
a working knowledge of the procedures and techniques relating to aseptic
compounding and parenteral admixture operations.
the ability to perform the usual technician functions associated with a specific
the ability to perform the manipulative and record keeping functions associated
with the compounding and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals.
the manipulative and record keeping functions associated with quality control
testing of radiopharmaceuticals.
- State Board of Pharmacy Regulations and
- Practical Mathematics in Nuclear
- Excellent review of math used
Patricia Wells, MAE, CNMT and Martha Pickett, MHSA, CNMT
of Nuclear Medicine (www.snm.org)
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
1582120315 Hard cover, 2004, 650 pp, Price $129.95, APhA Member Price
- Nuclear Pharmacy Policy & Procedure
Manual (site specific)
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.
- 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.
- Each module consists of several parts.
- American Pharmacists Association
goals, competencies and training guidelines, these provide focus on the
tasks to be completed.
- Content, provides supplemental
information towards meeting the module goal.
- Exercises and worksheets, these
provide reinforcement of the competencies and provide proof of
competency to the preceptor.
- Competency assessment, a document
completed by both the candidate and the preceptor to assure that
outlined competencies have been met.
- Knowledge assessment, an online
self assessment for review of understanding of the module competencies.
- 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.
- Organization and Pharmacy Law
- Terms and Abbreviations
- Inventory Management
- Radiopharmaceutical Dosages
- Radiopharmaceutical Preparation
- Aseptic Technique
- Record keeping Part I
- Record Keeping Part II
- Quality Control
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.
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
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