CNMT (NMTCB) - Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist

  • $175
  • Pre-application fee $75
  • Renews annually
  • Complete 24 hours of Continuing Education bianually

COURSE FORMAT

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About

Nuclear medicine technologists are healthcare professionals who prepare and administer radioactive drugs for imaging or treatment. They assist doctors and surgeons who diagnose and treat patients or work with researchers to investigate radioactive drugs. 

The Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CMNT) certification is a generalized credential for nuclear medicine technologists. The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) awards the CNMT certification by exam. This credential is recognized by state licensing boards and respected by healthcare employers.

Course Format

Test Format

Candidates must test through IQT, Inc. The NMTCB certification examination is a three-and-a-half-hour, timed, computerized test consisting of 200 multiple-choice items. Candidates may not skip a test question and are not permitted to return any item. CNMT candidates can view sample questions on the NMTCB website.

The content of this comprehensive exam is designed to test on tasks that are expected in the first year of practice as a nuclear technologists. There are five questions categories that include:

  • Radiation Physics & Detection (7% of the exam)

  • Radiation Safety & Regulations (13% of the exam)

  • Pharmaceutical and Radiopharmaceutical Agents (25%)

  • Instrumentation Operation & Quality Control (15%)

  • Clinical Procedures (40%)

Test Fees

The NMTCB Examination is offered year-round. The test fee is $175.00. If you miss your exam, you may be charged an additional fee for rescheduling. 

Pre-application review process fee is $75.

Results

In approximately three weeks, candidates who pass the exam will receive a certificate and identification card via mail.

Certification

Nuclear medicine professionals must demonstrate clinical competency in radiation safety, instrumentation, and radio-pharmacy to pass this exam. The NMTCB’s nuclear medicine exam aims to show that a candidate can safely perform the duties and responsibilities required of an entry-level nuclear medicine technologist. 

A candidate must meet the following standards to sit for the CMNT exam:

  • complete an NMTCB recognized nuclear medicine technology program

  • an associate's, bachelor's, or master’s degree in nuclear medicine technology

Nuclear Medicine Technologists must apply for certification within three years of graduation. 

Candidates can apply online or mail completed applications with the examination fee to NMTCB. Approved applicants will receive an acknowledgment email containing a link to IQT Testing services for exam scheduling.

Renewal

NMTCB requires registration annually. CNMTs must pay an annual registration fee and complete 24 continuing education (CE) hours every two years to maintain certification. 

Renewal Fee: $40

Next Steps

NMTCB offers additional professional certifications for technologists wishing to advance in the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging profession.

Other Resources

The NMTCB offers resources for exam candidates, including:

Related Certifications

The NMTCB also offers the following certifications:

  • Computed Tomography (CT)

  • Nuclear Cardiology Technologist Certification (NCT)

  • Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate (NMAA)

  • Positron Emission Technology (PET)

  • Radiation Safety (RS)

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Frequently asked questions

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine deals specifically with radioactive drugs for the purpose of diagnosing and treating patients. Nuclear medicine can also help with healthcare research as well. Individuals who hope to become a certified nuclear medicine technologist should have a general
understanding of radioactive substances, how they work in the body, and what to be aware of when administering these medications. 

What do Nuclear Medicine Technologists do?

Nuclear medicine technologists function as a vital part of the healthcare team as they assist with important diagnostic procedures. Nuclear medicine technologists work with radioactive drugs and scanning machines to look at all areas of the body and help doctors to diagnose
diseases. Nuclear medicine technologists may scan the heart, lungs, kidneys, and even the brain of patients to help inform the other members of the healthcare team and guide the plan of treatment. 

What is a CNMT certification?

The Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist or CNMT certification is awarded through NMTCB and certifies individuals who demonstrate proof of entry-level knowledge and skills To work as a nuclear medicine technologist. Certification is an effective way to boost the resume, open employment opportunities, and ensure universal knowledge and safety across the field of work.

Can I earn a CNMT online?

No you can't earn a CNMT online.

What organization offers the CNMT?

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) offers the CNMT.

What other certifications does the NMTCB offer besides the CNMT?

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) also offers the following:

  • Computed Tomography (CT)

  • Positron Emission Technology (PET)