Nuclear Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are now listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Committee for Joint College Training Committee in Nuclear Medicine.

Trainees are expected to satisfactorily complete the 2020 training program requirements where possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

See also COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes.

Program overview

ProgCov-Nuclear-Medicine-handbook-2017-18In the Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine, you will explore in-depth of specialty training in using radiopharmaceuticals (radioisotopes) in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds your skills through work-based assessments and learning tools

Program updates

See announced interim changes to program requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All our Advanced Training programs are evaluated biennially by overseeing committees to ensure they are in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. Please ensure you are following the correct guidelines during your training. You can find the latest changes in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

RACP trainees

Prospective trainees must:

  • have completed the RACP Basic Training (including written and clinical exams),
  • hold a current medical registration and
  • have appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training Position.

RANZCR trainees

Prospective trainees must:

  • have completed the RANZCR Clinical Radiology Part 2 Examinations
  • hold a current medical registration
  • have appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position
  • have a minimum of four years of accredited radiology training
  • have completed all system focused training and work-based assessment requirements including research

New and current trainees need to apply for Advanced Training each year.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) trainees

Nuclear medicine specialists who have Fellowship of RACP or RANZCR and completed training prior to 2005 may enter Positron Emission Tomography (PET) training at any time. Please refer to PET training requirements for further information. All the other training requirements outlined do not apply to PET only trainees. On completion of PET training requirements, specialists receive a letter confirming completion of PET training.


  • RACP Trainees: The Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine requires three years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.
  • RANZCR Trainees: The Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine requires two years of FTE training. 


  • Successful RACP trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP).
  • RANZCR trainees will receive a letter confirming completion of the Nuclear Medicine Program (trainees from RANZCR do not qualify for FRACP)

Admission to Fellowship is dependent on the completion of all requirements of training. Once the overseeing committee has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship.

New Fellows will receive formal notification from the College that they have been admitted to Fellowship and receive a letter confirming the completion of their training. All Fellows in Australia, New Zealand and overseas in active practice must meet the requirements of a Continuing Professional Development program.

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