Prerequisite Courses

The following 801 semester credits are required for admission to the program.  All required courses must be completed from a regionally accredited post-secondary academic institution, and must fulfill all College requirements regarding acceptance of transfer credit. If in doubt of the suitability of the following prerequisite courses, please contact the CHP Office of Admissions.

NOTE:  Admissions is aware that due to COVID-19 and the impact on colleges and universities, some students are being issued pass/fail, credit/no credit prerequisite grades. We are acceptable of that grading system during the semesters/quarters impacted by COVID-19 as long as the college or university documents “pass/P or credit/CR” and the credit hours on the transcript. 

Our Advisor’s Manual, a guide to taking these prerequisites at various institutions in Arkansas, is available by clicking the button below.

Download the Advisor's Manual for Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences
Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATIONS
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication2
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra or higher level Mathematics3
SCIENCE
Biology
Two-semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory38
Biological Sciences or Microbiology with laboratory44
Chemistry
General Chemistry I with laboratory54
Physics
General Physics I with laboratory64
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES
Fine Arts
Art, Music, or Theater3
Humanities
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics6
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Electives733
TOTAL80

1Up to 3 SC of course work indicated may be taken as co-requisites during the fall semester only, and will be at the program’s discretion.  No math or science courses may be taken as co-requisites.  Those applicants who have completed 80 SC or more of the prerequisite curriculum prior to enrollment will have priority in admission decisions.

2Due to rules set forth by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), Speech Communication is a required prerequisite and cannot be substituted by an additional Fine Arts/Humanities course.

3Course work must cover all body systems and include laboratory credit.

4Biology courses taken as prerequisites to the human anatomy and physiology courses will satisfy this requirement.

5Course work must include laboratory credit.  Chemistry courses designed specifically for nursing and other allied health technology students may meet this requirement; however, overview or preparatory chemistry courses will not.

6Course work must be algebra-based, at a minimum, and include a laboratory section for credit.  Physics courses completed in an accredited radiography programs may be considered on a case by case basis as a substitute.  Must have at least 4 semester credit hour equivalent of radiography physics to be considered.

780 credit hours are required for admission to the UAMS NMIS program, 47 credit hours of which are required General Education and Math and Science courses. With assistance of the student’s academic advisor, it is recommended to ensure that the 33 elective hours are part of the students 35 Lower Division core or State required electives and meet the requirements for graduation with a specific degree at the college or university. General education elective courses can come from the following subjects: English, Social Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Business, Communication, Foreign Language, Health and Behavioral Science. Math and Science electives should include advanced course work in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics and may include introductory course work in Statistics and Computer Sciences. Only one activity course (physical education, applied music, applied art, religion, etc) will be accepted for transfer.

Fulfillment of the pre-professional curriculum does not assure admittance into the professional program (please see How to Apply).

Students enrolled in Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs must fulfill state minimum core requirements for graduation in addition to prerequisite and program requirements. In general, the 35 SC state core curriculum is listed in the CHP Catalog under the heading, “State Core Curriculum”.  Programs may have specific course requirements for these core requirements.  Please check the program curriculum for specific courses.  Some of the courses required as part of the core curriculum may also fulfill the prerequisite course requirement.