Course Program

The course is divided into two components: distance and onsite.

Distance education requirements include the following topics:

  • Radiation Physics and Instrumentation
  • Radiation Biology
  • Radiation Protection
  • Mathematics pertaining to the use and measurement of radioactivity
  • Chemistry of radioactive material for medical use

The seven course days on-site will be structured as follows:

  • Day 1 - 4: Instrumentation and Radiation Safety
  • Day 4 - 7: Radiopharmaceutical Preparation and Quality Control

Thirty hours of the on-site training is ACPE accredited for live continuing education.

Overall Goal

The overall goal is to prepare pharmacists to effectively and safely work in a nuclear pharmacy. This program satisfies a segment of their required training to be on a nuclear pharmacy radioactive materials license as an authorized nuclear pharmacist.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the pharmacist should be able to:

  • Prepare radiopharmaceutical kits and doses using aseptic technique while incorporating radiation safety practices
  • Ship and receive radioactive packages in compliance with regulations
  • Perform checks of proper operation of instrumentation used in a nuclear pharmacy
  • Prevent or minimize contamination and use proper decontamination procedures as needed

Target Audience

Pharmacists who are interested in working in a nuclear pharmacy and desire to meet the didactic educational requirements to be listed on a nuclear pharmacy radioactive materials license

Course Faculty

  • Vivian Loveless, PharmD, BCNP, FAPhA University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, College of Pharmacy, Associate Professor
  • Thad Wilson, PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, Radiology, Associate Professor
  • Bryan Lemieux, MS, CHP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Instructor

Guest Faculty

  • Kathy T. Hunt, MS, CNMT, Program Chair, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Baptist College of Health Sciences, Memphis, TN

Recommended Textbooks to the Course

  • Kowalsky RJ, Falen SW (Eds). Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Pharmacy and Nuclear Medicine, 3rd Edition, American Pharmacists Association, Washington, D.C. 2011, ISBN 978-1-58212-118-5
  • Cherry SR, Sorenson JA, Phelps ME. Physics in Nuclear Medicine, 4th Edition, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA 2012, ISBN 978-1-4160-5198-5

Contact Us

Vivian Loveless, PharmD, BCNP
Course Director
Associate Professor,
Pharmaceutical Sciences
881 Madison Ave., Room 443
Memphis, TNĀ  38163

Phone: (901) 448-6931
Email: vloveless@uthsc.edu