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Nuclear Technology - Associate Degree

The increasing use of radiation and radioactive materials in today's world has created a demand for nuclear technicians. This demand is expected to remain high for years to come. The Nuclear Technology program offers students a unique opportunity to obtain the specialized training in demand by businesses and organizations licensed to utilize radioactive materials. It is also an excellent springboard for a four-year degree in the high-demand fields of health physics and radiation safety. Nuclear technicians have a variety of career opportunities at businesses such as nuclear power facilities, radioactive waste handling facilities, radiopharmaceutical companies, universities and national laboratories, medical facilities, U. S. Department of Energy sites, hospitals, or emergency management organizations. Nuclear Technology is a shared program between Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) and NWTC. Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting using interactive television methods to link the two technical colleges. For flexibility, some classes may be taken in an online format through LTC.

Program Code: 106241
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Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $10,300, Books: $0, Supplies: $0

Total Approximate Costs

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

This program is eligible for financial aid through the partner college.

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Offered At:


  • Day
  • Full-time
  • Online: You will attend LTC classes online or through live, interactive TV classes broadcast from LTC to NWTC. Plus, you’ll participate in real world, hands-on training.
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application at Lakeshore Technical College. Go to or call (888) 468-6582

What are my courses?

  • Contact Lakeshore Technical College for all Benchmarks.
  • Students who plan to also achieve a Bachelor's degree are encouraged to take 10-804-198 Calculus, which is transferable.
  • The following courses are delivered to NWTC from LTC via ITV/VC: 10-624-105 Health Physics Calculations, 10-624-110 Radioactivity & Regulations, 10-624-114 Nuclear Systems and Sources, 10-624-122 Radiation Physics, 10-624-132 Radiological Emergencies, 10-624-133 Radioactive Material Mgmt, 10-624-134 Radiation Shielding, 10-624-149 Reactor Plant Components, 10-624-140 Radiochemistry, 10-624-103 Nuclear DC & AC Applications, 10-624-118 Radiation Biology, 10-624-148 Reactor Theory and Operations and 10-482-135 Energy Power & Force
  • The following courses are offered only at LTC: 10-624-145 Applied Health Physics, and 10-624-146 Applied Physics Lab (one day a week on the same day).
  • The following are held at LTC on day per week and coincide with each other: 10-624-145 Applied Health Physics and


The Nuclear Technology Associate Degree is a two-year, six semester collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students will attend classes on the Green Bay campus and will take part in ITV classes sent from LTC to NWTC. Upon graduation a student will have completed 62 credits.

Total Credits 58

Program Outcomes

  • Work safely within industrial and radiological hazard areas.
  • Understand and communicate nuclear technology-related concepts effectively in both oral and written formats.
  • Diagnose equipment requiring electrical or mechanical repair and carry out preventive maintenance procedures.
  • Perform radiological surveys for radiation and radioactive contamination.
  • Follow procedures for operating and maintaining systems and equipment at nuclear facilities.
  • Participate in applying nuclear technologies to a variety of industrial, medical, and research processes.
  • Apply your knowledge in a variety of related occupational jobs, such as in reactor plant operations, maintenance, quality assurance, etc.

What careers are in my future?

Employment Potential

Nuclear Power Facilities

  • Radioactive Waste Handling Facilities
  • Radiopharmaceutical Companies
  • Universities and National Laboratories
  • Medical Facilities
  • U.S. Department of Energy Sites
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency Management

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • This program meets all the instructional standards and criteria of the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP).
  • Gaining employment in nuclear and health physics likely includes a very comprehensive background check of one's lifespan. This includes not only criminal activities, but likely also credit history, civil actions, and a psychological profile.

Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.