The Nuclear Imaging Consortium for Education (NICE) was formed to provide an interactive, distance learning program to academically prepare NMAAs for professional practice. Consortium partners are the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in cooperation with the University of Missouri at Columbia, Saint Louis University and Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU). The primary objectives of the consortium are 1) to broaden the scope of education for each student and 2) promote the sharing of academic and clinical resources.
UAMS is the degree-granting institution and administers this two-state, three-institution, collaborative. The NICE consortium members, each of which currently offers a bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine technology, cooperatively participate in curriculum development, course instruction, and the supervision and assessment of students in the graduate program.
The NMAA program is the second educational track of the Master of Imaging Science (MIS) degree offered through the Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences at UAMS. The Radiologist Assistant (RA) program was the first approved track of the MIS program, which was designed to accommodate multiple educational tracks as the demand for advanced practitioners in specific imaging specialties emerge [e.g., radiology; nuclear medicine; diagnostic medical sonography; fusion imaging–such as positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)]. Students enroll in common “core” courses that address foundational educational needs for advanced practitioners across the imaging disciplines — such as patient care, pharmacology, pathophysiology, health care systems, and research. Discipline-specific clinical internship courses (e.g., nuclear medicine, radiology) include experiences that focus on specialized areas of imaging.