ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Nuclear Education Online (NEO), an educational consortium between the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is offering a new course, Training for Shippers and Transporters of Radiopharmaceuticals, to assist the nuclear medicine community in meeting the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for employee training.

DOT training is required for all workers that prepare or transport radioactive shipments, with refresher training required every three years.

The online training is tailored to meet the requirements of several staff and professional positions within nuclear pharmacies and nuclear imaging facilities.

The focus of the content is on the safety, security and regulatory compliance requirements for the shipping of radiopharmaceuticals.

"Many nuclear medicine departments don’t realize that when they return containers to the nuclear pharmacy they become the shipper and must comply with DOT-mandated requirements for personnel training and documentation," said Dao Le, Pharm.D, of UAMS. "The NEO online program is an easy way for both nuclear pharmacies and imaging facilities to provide quality training with documentation for the regulatory compliance."

Established to provide nuclear education and training to healthcare professionals, NEO has trained over 600 authorized users of radioactivity since offering its first online courses in 2001. For more information, visitwww.nuclearonline.org.