About Us

Bob LochRobert Loch

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Chair and Associate Professor of the School of Allied Health

Courses Regularly Taught  

  • NMT 401 Nuclear Medicine Foundation
  • NMT 410 Nuclear Medicine Physics
  • NMT 415 Nuclear Medicine Imaging I
  • NMT 420 Clinical I
  • NMT 441 Nuclear Medicine Principles
  • NMT 445 Nuclear Medicine Imaging II                
  • NMT 450 Clinical II
  • NMT 470 Advanced Clinical


  • BS-Nuclear Medicine Technology, St. Cloud State University (2001) 
  • MBA, Drake University (2008)
  • PhD-Education, Iowa State University (2013)


  • Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist 

Advice to Students

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-  I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference.”  -Robert Frost      

Clinical History

  • Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist in two teaching hospitals for 5 years.

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
  • Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Technologists 
  • Missouri Valley Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
  • Mid-Iowa Subchapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging

Community Service Involvement

  • Various church activities 
  • Habitat for Humanity

Personal History

I first happened upon Nuclear Medicine Technology when I was looking for a focus to the Chemistry degree I was originally pursuing.  The college I attended listed the program in the college catalog.  As I read the description I thought it was the perfect mix of chemistry, technology and patient care.

Throughout the program my passion for the field grew dramatically. The day I knew I was in the right field came as a mixed blessing. My car had broken down and I had to wake up at 4 AM to walk six miles to clinical and was excited about it. I knew then that I had found the right profession. That excitement gave me the energy to continue my 6 mile pedestrian commute to and from clinical for three months. That same excitement is still there and drives my passion to teach about a profession that I love so much.

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Robert J. Loch, PhD, MBA, CNMT

Program Chair, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Associate Professor
(515) 247-6679

Office Location

Building 1, Rm. 204

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239