Educational programs for nuclear pharmacies include:
Authorized User Program:
See Program Guide
The Nuclear Education Online (NEO) program is designed to provide the
education and training required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be
an Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist or an Authorized User of Radioactive
The program consists of 250 hours of didactic coursework that may be
obtained in a 10 week program, or over an extended period if needed.
In addition to coursework, students are required to complete 500 hours of
structured experiential training with a local preceptor. This program
is geared toward pharmacists interested in a career in nuclear pharmacy Since 2001, over
pharmacists, pharmacy students, and technicians have completed this program.
Please see the program
guide for more information.
Nuclear Pharmacy Technician Training
A Nuclear Pharmacy
Technician (NPT) is a pharmacy technician who has received specialized
training and education in the nuclear pharmacy practice setting. An NPT
works under the direct supervision of a licensed nuclear pharmacist and
performs many pharmacy-related functions that do not require professional
judgment. Each state Board of Pharmacy has exact definitions of a pharmacy
technician. Each state may, or may not, have definitions applicable to a
Nuclear Pharmacy Technician. For more information about this program
Transportation (DOT) Training
NEO developed a general DOT training program as outlined in CFR Title
49. The goal of this program is to provide web-based training in the
required DOT training to those working with or around radioactive materials.
The online availability of this program is essentially seamless, covers
the required material, provides record keeping, and is inexpensive.
The DOT requires that any employee involved in the preparation of
packages of hazardous (radioactive) material and/or the transport and
delivery of hazmat packages and/or responsible for the sate transport of
hazmat packages receive specific training. The training must be within the
first 90 days of employment and refreshed every three years.
Training requirements include:
- General awareness/familiarization of radioactive material
- Function-specific training (transport/delivery and handlers)
- General safety training for radioactive materials
- Security awareness training