Can you become a nuclear pharmacist without going to pharmacy school?
No, you must have a degree in pharmacy, either a B.S. or Pharm.D.
I think I’m interested in nuclear pharmacy, where do I start?
If you don’t know much about nuclear pharmacy and have never visited one, that is where we suggest that you start. Call a local nuclear pharmacy and set up a day to visit and shadow a nuclear pharmacist. Read about Nuclear Pharmacy on the APhA website.
Where can I find a preceptor?
Many pharmacists in the NEO program are already hired by a nuclear pharmacy company. Pharmacists can receive training to become a nuclear pharmacist independently, but they will need previous experience in a nuclear pharmacy or find a nuclear pharmacist that is willing to let you shadow or become your preceptor. You can not start the program without at least visiting a nuclear pharmacy.
How much does it cost to get started?
In order to help individual pharmacists and student pharmacists get started in nuclear pharmacy without being too cost prohibitive, we have a special tuition discount for students and we allow pharmacists to start the program with as little as $500 down.
I’ve been hired, when should I start the classes?
Pharmacist can start the classes at any time. However, we generally recommend that pharmacists new to the field of nuclear pharmacy spend 2-4 weeks working in the pharmacy prior to starting the didactic courses.
I’ve previously worked in nuclear pharmacy, do I need refresher training?
If it has been more than seven years since you have practiced nuclear pharmacy the NRC or Agreement State agency may require all or part of the training to be retaken. It is advised to check with your state regulatory agency for clarification on any refresher training that may be required.