Prof. Wentling holds an associate degree in radiologic technology from Gannon University (1991), a B.S. in nuclear medicine technology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1998), and an M.S. in adult education Buffalo State College (2005). He hopes to earn his Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University in May of 2014.
Before joining RMU as assistant professor/clinical coordinator for the university’s Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, he served as an instructor at the State University of New York and manager for Central Radiopharmaceutical Services, Inc.
He has more than 20 years of medical imaging experience in radiology and nuclear medicine.
What’s new and exciting about RMU’s Nuclear Medicine Program?
There’s a lot of exciting things happening right now. For example, recently we acquired a new gamma camera that we’re hoping to incorporate into our classes and lectures. This new technology will give the students hands-on experience with fully functioning equipment and allow them to perform testing.
What are your responsibilities within the program?
I teach radiopharmacy and radiopharmacy techniques, as well as Intro to MRI and Intro to CT. I’m also a clinical coordinator, a member of the Lambda Mu Honor Society for Nuclear Medicine, and advisor for RMU’s Nuclear Medicine Club.
What has your RMU experience been like?
I’ve been very happy since we’ve moved here from Buffalo, where we had a program that was top five in the country. I believe with what we have here that RMU has the same potential. It’s nice to see where the program is going.
How has the program changed from when you first arrived?
When I got here, it was our first graduating class. The fourth is coming up this year. Over that time the quality of students we are graduating has improved and the program has become tighter. Overall, the nuclear medicine program’s quality has really grown from what it was when I first started here.
Where do you see the Nuclear Medicine Program in 5-10 years?
I definitely think we’ll continue to expand and offer further certificates and programs. And with the regional health care climate, the faculty we have on board, and the facilities we have here, I truly believe the sky’s the limit. ~
Interview by Jemel Sessoms
Robert Morris University offers the only four-year nuclear medicine program in the Pittsburgh area. Designed to reflect the Institute of Medicine’s vision for the future of health care, the program emphasizes both digital technology and new imaging applications. The program’s goals are to educate students to become high quality nuclear medicine technologists; prepare them to achieve satisfactory results on the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Boards and the American Registry of Radiological Technologists; develop professionals who become future leaders in the ever-changing field of nuclear medicine; and fulfill the need for nuclear medicine technologists in the local and regional communities.
To learn more, contact Program Director Angela Macci Bires, Ed.D, MPM, CNMT, RT(N), 412-397-5410, firstname.lastname@example.org.