Does my bachelorís degree need to be in nuclear medicine technology?
No, the bachelorís degree can be in any field of study at a regionally
accredited college or university. You must still have completed an
accredited program in nuclear medicine technology, and you must submit a
transcript from the nuclear medicine school you attended, even if it was
a certificate program.
What scores must I receive on the GRE to be considered?
The NMAA program is designed for experienced technologists who are
highly motivated and exceptionally qualified. Applicants with modest
GRE scores should not be discouraged and may demonstrate their academic
ability by submitting transcripts that reflect outstanding grades from
previous, relevant, course work. Conversely, applicants with average
grades on their transcripts may demonstrate their academic abilities by
achieving high GRE scores. Each applicantís documentation is reviewed
as a whole; therefore, no single factor will determine the strength of
the application, providing at least the minimum requirements are all
Is there a deadline on submitting paperwork?
The NMAA program may be started in any semester. Applications
postmarked by June 1st will be considered for
admission for the following fall semester, which begins in August.
Applications postmarked after June 1st, but no later than
November 1st, will be considered for admission in the
spring semester, which begins in January. Applications postmarked after
November 1st, but no later than March 1st,
will be considered for admission in the summer semester, which begins in
May. Only applicants with completed application files will be
considered for admission, so all remaining required documentation should
be submitted as soon as possible after the application is submitted.
This includes the reference forms, clinical preceptor form(s), official
GRE scores, transcripts for all post-secondary institutions, proof of
current certification or registry, verification of ACLS certification,
and completion of the professional rťsumť and letter of interest.
Please refer to the admissions procedure document for more details.
Are all the courses online?
All courses are available in distance learning formats. Clinical
internship course work is completed primarily in the clinical setting,
but some is completed through distance education. An individualized
degree plan is developed for each NMAA student, depending on the number
of semesters anticipated for completion of the program.
Will I be eligible for in-state (i.e., resident) tuition since
this program is online?
Tuition is based on your state of residency. Students in Arkansas and
Missouri are eligible for in-state tuition at graduate student rates.
Contact the UAMS Student Financial Aid Office at 501-686-5451 for
information on obtaining financial assistance. Contact the NMAA program
for current tuition rates. Students may also find they are eligible for
tuition assistance at their place of employment or that their physician
preceptorís practice is willing to help with tuition expenses.
How often will I need to be on campus for the NMAA program?
Student visits to the UAMS campus are scheduled periodically throughout
the program. Typically, two visits are mandatory. The first will be
during the completion of a clinical skills assignment with a simulated
patient. This will take place approximately midway through the Patient
Assessment course. The second visit will occur when students present
their research projects, usually in the spring semester just prior to
graduation. Additional visits to campus may be scheduled if requested
by the NMAA student or if deemed necessary by the program director.
Do I need any special equipment for the program?
Unlimited availability of a computer with Internet access will make it
much easier to complete the NMAA program. Computer software used in the
program includes, but is not limited to, Microsoft Office and Adobe
Acrobat. Specific models of peripherals such as a Web camera or headset
microphone may be required for some courses.
Can you assign me to a physician preceptor?
Most physicians agreeing to serve as clinical preceptors have previously
established professional relationships with the persons they mentor.
The future student has demonstrated his/her commitment and ability and
earned the physicianís confidence over time. It may be possible to
arrange specific rotations with other physicians to meet program goals;
however, recruitment of the physician preceptor(s) is ultimately the
studentís responsibility. Applicants are encouraged to have more than
one preceptor, if possible.
What are the physician preceptorís responsibilities?
The physician preceptors guide the NMAA studentsí clinical experiences.
They help the NMAA students arrange the sequencing of their clinical
rotations, supervise the NMAA clinical activities, and evaluate the NMAA
studentsí performance. Specific information to share with interested
physicians describing the role of the preceptors and explaining their
responsibilities is available on the NMAA application process Web page.
Additional information regarding preceptor responsibilities may be
May I enroll in NMAA courses before being accepted into the program?
Applicants may be considered for enrollment in non-clinical courses as
non-degree, non-certificate seeking students for up to one course per
semester. Enrolling as a non-degree, non-certificate student does not
guarantee admission to the NMAA program nor does it enhance the
likelihood of acceptance; however, the course credit earned may satisfy
specific program requirements if the student is ultimately acceptance
into the NMAA program. Applicants interested in this option must have a
signed preceptor agreement. Permission to enroll as a non-degree,
non-certificate seeking student will be granted on a space available
How are clinical rotations scheduled?
The NMAA student and his/her physician preceptor create the clinical
internship schedule. Each clinical internship course requires
documenting a minimum number of contact hours that equate approximately
to at least three full days per week. NMAA students may choose to
increase their clinical time as needed to master clinical objectives.
Some employers permit NMAA students to complete clinical requirements
during work hours.
Will I need liability insurance protection?
All enrolled students must be covered by the UAMS-prescribed liability
insurance policy for the clinical activities directly associated with
their program of study. An annual fee is paid by the student for this
protection as part of the registration process. Proof of coverage may
be obtained from the program director upon request.