The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved Chattanooga State Community College's request to begin a two-year associate of applied science program.
The new program in nuclear medicine technology teaches students to administer radiopharmaceuticals in order to diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases.
It also prepares students to enter the workforce, according to a news release.
The program's students can qualify to sit for the two licensing board exams in nuclear medicine: the Nuclear Medicine Certification Board exam and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists nuclear exam.
Upon graduation, the students also qualify to apply to the computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and sonography programs offered at Chattanooga State to further their educations.
The program is established as a distance learning program, allowing students to remain in their home areas to complete the program.
Students spend a majority of their time at an approved clinical affiliate, with classes limited to one or two days per week. The program is a full-time commitment, requiring 40 hours per week of a combination of clinical and didactic instruction.
The program will accept its first cohort of students in summer 2018; applications will be due April 1.
For more information, contact Leesa Ross at Leesa.Ross@chattanoogastate.edu.