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Radiopharmaceutical Sciences (Radiopharmacy) Program Overview

The PEPPOR Graduate Program is not admitting new students at this time.

The Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program leads to a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The program provides students comprehensive training and the opportunity to acquire the scientific knowledge, technical skills and professional judgment required to promote patient care through assurance of the safe and efficacious use of radiopharmaceuticals and ancillary medications for diagnosis and therapy.

We develop professionals who can solve problems, think logically and work independently or collaboratively to conduct research that will add to the knowledge base in nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceutical science.

Nuclear pharmacy is practiced all around the world. Not only are U.S. pharmacists traveling to other countries to meet their health care needs, but pharmacists from these countries are also seeking to become competently trained in nuclear pharmacy in order to bring these skills back home. To maintain its reputation as a premier nuclear pharmacy education program, the UNM College of Pharmacy seeks to address the idiosyncrasies and needs of nuclear pharmacy on an international scale.

Nuclear pharmacy requires a firm grounding in multiple basic sciences. One must be able to extemporaneously compound and test a wide range of radioactive medications, develop and enforce adequate radiation protection measures for oneself and coworkers, meet regulatory demands, troubleshoot a variety of imaging pitfalls and artifacts and provide patient care in a setting that is foreign to most pharmacists.

The Radiopharmacy Education Program provides comprehensive training and the opportunity to acquire the scientific knowledge, technical skills and professional judgment required to promote patient care through assuring the safe and efficacious use of radiopharmaceuticals and ancillary medications for diagnosis and therapy.

Program Goals

A focused curriculum is offered at the MS and certificate levels to develop specialists who can serve as caregivers in the radiology setting and provide consultation to all health care professionals.

The MS program is available to pharmacists, as well as individuals with a background in the life sciences. Because these two types of students may have different career goals, both a clinical track and a basic science track curriculum are offered. The clinical track focuses on the care of patients who receive diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals, and on practice-related issues and research. The basic science track emphasizes imaging technology theory, radiation protection, use of radiometric methodologies, development of radioactive drugs and basic science research.

To promote the expansion of knowledge and technology, to foster creative thinking, and to advance the practice of nuclear pharmacy, a diverse research program thesis (Plan I) or non-thesis (Plan II) and an opportunity for experience in Radiopharmacy practice are components of the program. The coursework available to students in this program encompasses the knowledge areas prescribed by the Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Guidelines endorsed by the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. The student’s program is developed and supervised by a Committee on Studies. The concentration has two full-time and two part-time faculty members, plus a number of volunteer faculty members.

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Contact Information

For additional information please contact:
>Megan Speck, Coordinator
Student and Graduate Services
UNM College of Pharmacy
2502 Marble NE
Albuquerque NM 87131-106>
Phone: (505) 272-4992
Fax: (505) 272-8324