Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Michelle Hammond

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisites: RADI1185 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine (Course ID 047593: and ONPS2344 Medical Radiations Technology 2 (Course ID: 038595:

Enforced corequisite: RADI1126 Nuclear Medicine Methods 1 (Course ID 038596:

Work Integrated Learning:
Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.
• National Police check
• Working with Children Check
• Immunisation Declaration Form
• Hand Hygiene certificate
• First Aid Certificate
• CPR Certificate
• Manual Handing certificate

There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Course Description

This course will build on your existing knowledge of the concepts and principles of nuclear medicine and you will further develop your knowledge and skills in nuclear medicine procedures. In this course you will undertake practical clinical experience during a clinical placement in a designated nuclear medicine department. You will also learn the importance of communication in the medical radiations profession.

This course also focuses upon the legal and ethical guidelines of the professional practice of Medical Radiations, exploring the legal implications of practice through the embedded Hospital Law and Ethics Module.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.1 Professional and ethical conduct

1.1a. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements

1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care

Standard 1.2 Communication and collaboration

1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers

1.2b. Collaborate with other health professionals

Standard 1.3 Evidence based practice and professional learning

1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges

1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

Standard 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4a. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

1.4c. Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration

1.4d. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration

1.4e. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment

Standard 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5c. Use patient information management systems appropriately

1.5d. Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators

1.5e. Assess patient/client’s capacity to receive care

1.5f. Delivery patient/client care appropriate to your division of registration

1.5g. Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production

1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration

Standard 1.7 Practice in nuclear medicine

1.7 1a. Implement the preparation and assess purity of radiopharmaceuticals 

1.7 1b. Explain the biodistribution and applications of radiopharmaceuticals including therapies

1.7 1c. Implement routine nuclear medicine imaging

1.7 1d. Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for nuclear medicine imaging

1.7 1e. Implement the delivery of nuclear medicine radioisotope examinations and therapies

1.7 1f. Describe how to undertake in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures

1.7 2b. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills in the practice of nuclear medicine and radiopharmacy
  2.  Demonstrate patient care, professional conduct and communication skills using appropriate terminology and applied theory to meet the standard of a student Medical Radiations Practitioner
  3. Evaluate nuclear medicine images using knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology
  4. Explain the safe preparation and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals
  5. Demonstrate reflective practice by identifying and reflecting on your role in the team, strengths and development needs and key learning opportunities
  6. Explain the legal and ethical implications of Medical Radiations practice.


Overview of Learning Activities

Students can expect a mixture of lectures, online activities, tutorials and group simulation and laboratory sessions. A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT.  Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course Blackboard site.

There will also be a 5 week WIL clinical placement block.


Overview of Learning Resources

You are expected to make use of the course Blackboard site (accessed via myRMIT).  This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains.  You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts.  There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library.  The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references. 

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Placement and Professional Development Journal

Weighting 0% (Hurdle Requirement)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

You are required to demonstrate clinical skill and patient safety congruent to the level of a Year Two undergraduate medical radiations student practitioner. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the interim assessment, remedial action using an at-risk learning contract will be undertaken before being allowed to continue the placement. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the final assessment you will then be required to undertake a simulation assessment. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates an unsatisfactory/unsafe level of practice you receive a NH fail grade for this course and be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates a satisfactory level and safe practice you will be offered an additional clinical placement as determined by the clinical coordinator

Assessment Task 2: Tests - Hospital Law and Ethics

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assessment Task 3: Assignments

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3 and 5

 Assessment Task 4:  Skills Assessment

Weighting: 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 and 3