A radioactive way to save and improve lives.
UON is Australia's leading nuclear medicine trainer. Our graduates are sought after worldwide. In this rewarding and challenging career, you will diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases such as cancer using radioactive substances - giving patients the best chance of living a full and healthy life.
What is nuclear medicine? Nuclear medicine technologists conduct nuclear medicine scans of a person's body using radioactive material called radioisotopes. Radioisotopes are typically ingested or injected, travelling through the affected area to create images of the inside of your body. These images can diagnose life-threatening diseases such as cancer and help monitor a patient's health.
Why study with us?
- Our graduates get jobs: 91% of our nuclear medicine students from 2016 secured employment within four months of graduating.
- World leader in medical radiation science: You are taught by the best and brightest minds in their fields and get to celebrate, and possibly participate, in groundbreaking research discoveries that define your practice.
- Hands-on experience: Complete 40 weeks of clinical placements in public and private centres, preparing you for a successful career in nuclear medicine.
- World-class facilities: Hone your skills in our $1.5 million on-campus radiopharmacy laboratory - the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
- Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
What will you study?
This degree equips you with specialised scientific knowledge and gives you practical medical radiation experience using world-class facilities and technology. You will:
- Build essential clinical reasoning and patient management skills using our state-of-the-art radiopharmacy labs located on campus.
- Develop communication and interpersonal skills to provide a high level of care to patients.
- Gain professional nuclear medicine skills, learning how to use imaging technology and radioisotope to diagnose illnesses and determine the best course of treatment for patients.
- Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the field of nuclear medicine.
Areas of study include:
- molecular imaging
- nuclear medicine instrumentation and radiopharmacy
- nuclear medicine theory
- patient care
All UON medical radiation science students graduate with Honours, giving you a distinct advantage when seeking employment. As part of the honours component you can choose from two study pathways.
Our nuclear medicine graduates are very employable and highly regarded. Many of our graduates have advanced rapidly in their careers and are now in management roles in Australia and overseas.
UON nuclear medicine graduates are qualified to register and work as nuclear medical technologists, working closely with patients and other health professionals to diagnose life-threatening diseases such as cancer and help monitor a patient's health. You may find yourself working in clinical positions in private and public hospitals, in upper management roles such as director of services, or in higher education and research roles.
Take a look below for some common roles for medical radiation science graduates.
- echocardiography technologist
- medical technician
- nuclear medicine technologist
- research scientist
- technical sales representative
- technical writer
- university lecturer/academic