Positron Emission Tomography Certificate

The Positron Emission Tomography Certificate (PET) within the School of Medical Imaging Sciences is a distance education program with a clinical internship component consisting of 1,000 hours. The Positron Emission Tomography Certificate (PET) prepares students to practice competently and effectively as medical imaging professionals in diverse healthcare environments. The academic and clinical foundation in the curriculum develops graduates with professional flexibility and adaptability to assume prominent roles and responsibilities after graduation in both career and scholarly pursuits.

The fulfillment of our mission and goals through an integrated curriculum ensures students attain the following learning outcomes:

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  • Obtain a level of clinical competence appropriate for an entry-level medical imaging professional.
  • Possess critical thinking skills to adapt to changing clinical environments and patient needs.
  • Exhibit professionalism through consistent ethical behavior.
  • Demonstrate communication skills for effective communication with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.

Upon completion of the core and required specialization courses, the following credential will be awarded: Positron Emission Tomography Certificate

Credits: 18
Duration: 1 Year (2 semesters)
JPU offers three (3) semesters per calendar year. Students enrolling in two (2) consecutive semesters can complete the program in approximately 8 months.


PET400Orientation to Positron Emission Tomography1 Credit
PET406PET Applications3 Credits
PET408Physics and Instrumentation3 Credits
PET420Radiopharmacology3 Credits
PET424Quality Control and Protection3 Credits
PET421Clinical Practice*5 Credits

*The Clinical Practice is competency-based and requires a minimum of 1,000 hours in order to be eligible for the PET examination (effective January 1, 2023). At a minimum, competencies include the following. No more than one competency may be documented per day per category.

Plan of Study

Semester 1
Orientation to PET1 Credit
PET Applications3 Credits
Radiopharmacology3 Credits
7 Credits
Semester 2
Physics and Instrumentation3 Credits
Quality Control and Protection3 Credits
Clinical Practice5 Credits
11 Credits

Positron Emission Tomography Certificate (PET) Program Application Requirements:

Program Admission Requirements


The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) contains the most updated information on licensure, as well as each individual state. JPU reviews the information annually.