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Post Graduate Nuclear Pharmacy Certificate Program

Student pharmacist in a nuclear pharmacy setting.

Nuclear pharmacy is a specialized practice that involves the preparation of radioactive materials for the diagnosis and treatment of various disease states to promote health while ensuring the safe and effective use of radioactive drugs.

UTHSC College of Pharmacy offers the Nuclear Pharmacy Training Program to postgraduate pharmacists who want to practice in a nuclear pharmacy. It consists of online and onsite components. Once the online component is completed, participants will be eligible for the five-day onsite instruction. After successful completion of this training, participants receive a certificate of completion.


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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Successful completion of this application-based program will provide a statement for thirty (30.0) live contact hours credit (3.0 CEUs) and will be mailed within 3 weeks following the program. Successful completion includes attending and satisfactorily completing the self-assessment for each of the ten laboratory exercises, and completion of the program evaluation form. CE credit will also be submitted to the NABP CE Monitor.


Course Program

The course is divided into two components:

Online (~170 hours) is module-based. Each module includes recorded lectures, graded exercises, and a test.

Onsite (five-course days/~45 hours) offers hands-on training with elution, kit preparation, quality control, and WBC labeling. A Medical Physicist provides guided instruction on instrumentation. Thirty hours of the onsite training is ACPE-accredited for live CE.

  • Days 1 and 5: Instrumentation and Radiation Safety
  • Day 2 - 4: Radiopharmaceutical Preparation and Quality Control (this activity is eligible for CE credit)

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists who are interested in working in a nuclear pharmacy
  • Nuclear pharmacy technicians who are expanding their duties

Course Faculty

  • Susan H. Morgan, PharmD, MBA, BCNP, Assistant Dean of Nuclear Pharmacy and Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, UTHSC College of Pharmacy
  • Thad Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, UTHSC College of Medicine

Recommended Textbooks for the Course

  • Kowalsky RJ, Weatherman, Kara D. (Eds). Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Pharmacy and Nuclear Medicine, 4th Edition, American Pharmacists Association, Washington, D.C. 2020, ISBN 1-58212-283-0
  • Cherry SR, Sorenson JA, Phelps ME. Physics in Nuclear Medicine, 4th Edition, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA 2012, ISBN 978-1-4160-5198-5

Location and Dates

Pharmacy students in a nuclear pharmacy lab setting.

Course activities will be held in the Nuclear Pharmacy Training Lab in the UTHSC College of Pharmacy Building (881 Madison Avenue) in Memphis. Parking on campus is limited, but complimentary parking information will be provided when you register.

2024 Nuclear Pharmacy Training Program Dates

  • July 29-August 2
  • Oct 21-25
  • December 2-6

Registration and Costs


Total cost: $7,000*

* $3,500 is paid prior to starting the online program. The remaining $3,500 must be paid before attending onsite.

Register for Nuclear Pharmacy Training

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for the online course segment. The enrolled participant can reschedule the on-site program for a later date (if space is available) or receive a refund for the on-site portion, minus a $200 administrative fee.  Notification of rescheduling must be received by email within 48 hours of the starting date of the on-site program.

Registration fee includes access to all course sessions, printed course material, lunch, and coffee breaks.

Grievance Policy

A participant, provider, faculty member, or other individual wanting to file a grievance with respect to any aspect of an activity provided or co-provided by the UTHSC COP may contact the Director of Continuing Professional Development in writing at The grievance will be reviewed, and a response will be returned within 45 days of receiving the written statement. If not satisfied, an appeal to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy can be made for a second level of review.

Jun 10, 2024