Partners with Massachusetts school on the initiative
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Crouse Health is partnering with a Massachusetts college to provide local health professionals a chance to become a certified nuclear-medicine technologist.
Crouse is working on the initiative with the School of Nuclear Medicine at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MSCPHS) in Boston.
The 12 to 14-month program is designed for students located in the upstate New York region who hold an associate degree in medical imaging or a bachelor’s degree “in any field,” Crouse Health said in a release.
The program builds on previous college studies, preparing participants to become a board-certified nuclear-medicine technologist licensed in New York State for the practice of nuclear-medicine technology. It also teaches participants how to “safely and compassionately” administer radioactive drugs, or radiopharmaceuticals, to patients.
Those taking part will complete course work online through MSCPHS, with Crouse Hospital providing clinical training. Crouse is one of three hospitals in New York state to participate in the program, the organization said.
Students will learn how to obtain rapid-succession images of where radiopharmaceuticals concentrate in the body, giving the medical team insight that’s essential to diagnosing patients. Students will also discover the functions of the many organs and tissues found in the human anatomy and learn how to treat several medical conditions using targeted radiation, per the release.
“We’re excited to partner with MSCPHS on this innovative educational and clinical opportunity,” Brad Hellwig, director of medical imaging at Crouse Health, said.
Students will follow a synchronous distance/online class schedule, offering the flexibility of online education coupled with the community-building experience associated with classroom learning, according to Crouse Health.
“Program participants will work alongside industry experts and gain firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to be a nuclear-medicine technologist,” Hellwig added.