Radiation Safety/Health Physics Associate Degree

Program Code: 106242

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 Radiation Safety/Health Physics 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, radiation safety and nuclear engineering. Radiation Safety 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. Radiation Safety/Health Physics 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.


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


Requirements for Program Entry

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

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
The Radiation Safety/Health Physics 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 60 credits.
10-624-105 HEALTH PHYSICS CALCULATIONS AND STATISTICS ...prepares the learner to solve linear and exponential equations, logarithms, plot graphs, determine counting statistics and instrument reliability, and work with geometry and trigonometry problems. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations)
10-624-110 RADIOACTIVITY AND REGULATIONS ..introduces the learner to atomic and nuclear structure; radioactivity and basic dosimetry; regulation standards, including 10CFR 19, 20, etc. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-105 Health Physics Calcs & Stats)
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-624-114 NUCLEAR SOURCES AND SYSTEMS ...introduces the learner to the major components of natural/man-made background sources, x-ray tubes and applications, medical-use radioactive materials, accelerators, nuclear gauging devices, non-ionization radiations, and power/research nuclear reactors and associated health physics topics. (Prerequisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations)
10-624-122 RADIATION PHYSICS ...introduces the learner to health physics-related physics, including the properties of radiation; interactions of radiation with matters; basic principles of radiation detection and measurement; and different kinds of radiation detectors; i.e., gas-filled and solid-state detectors. (Prerequisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations, 10-624-105 Health Physics Calc & Stats, and 10-804-113 College Tech Math 1A)
10-624-123 RADIATION PHYSICS-LAB ...expands the learners ability to perform calculations, select instruments, and analyze radioactive samples. This course is associated with 10-624-122, Radiation Physics. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics and Prerequisite: 10-801-195 Written Communications)
10-624-103 NUCLEAR DC AND AC APPLICATIONS... prepares nuclear, radiation safety, and health physics learners to apply direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) concepts and laws; perform calculations and measurements to identify basic electrical terms, symbols, units, etc.; apply the electrical laws (such as, Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws); to analyze DC/AC electronic circuit, power, etc.; to analyze AC waveform (including single-phase versus three-phase), batteries, chargers, etc. (Prerequisite: 10-624-105 Health Physics Calcs & Stats)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-624-118 RADIATION BIOLOGY ...prepares the learner to convert measuring units and activity to dose rates, predict the effect of radiation on living cells and human organs, evaluate radiation risk, and calculate internal doses. (Prerequisite: 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations, 10-624-105 Health Phys Calc/Stats, 10-624-114 Nuclear Systems and Sources, 10-624-122 Rad Physics, 10-624-123 Rad Phys-Lab, and 10-804-113 College Tech Math 1A)
10-624-145 APPLIED HEALTH PHYSICS ...prepares the learner to wear dosimeter, monitor personal exposure, calculate/estimate radioactive airborne activity concentration, issue respirators, determine contamination levels, don and remove protective clothing, reduce the spread of contamination, conduct an ALARA audit, reduce the total radiation exposure, maintain records and estimate skin dose, etc. (Prerequisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics)
10-624-146 APPLIED HEALTH PHYSICS-LAB ...expands the learner's ability to perform applied health physics tasks as covered in Applied Health Physics, 10-624-145. and should be completed within the same semester. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-145 Applied Health Physics)
10-482-135 ENERGY POWER & FORCE... studies laws and theories of electric power generation that govern motion and how to apply them to a range of concepts including rotational inertia, acceleration, velocity, lift, force, torque, etc. Studies the law of Conservation of Energy and basic atomic theory and how these concepts apply to electric power generation. The use and function of simple machines, and how they relate to electric power generator function, is also explored.
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-529-150 HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE WORKER... provides training to respond to a hazardous material incident both in an industrial setting and field setting. Student will receive hazardous waste site worker certificate upon successful completion of the class.
10-624-140 RADIOCHEMISTRY ...provides the student with the fundamentals of chemistry and the application of chemistry control to a nuclear facility. The course will cover basic water treatment principles, corrosion, reactor water chemistry control and chemical hazards. Prepares the learner to separate dissolved, suspended, liquid, and ionic radioactive components; perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of samples; and prevent the production of radioactive material by using proper chemical control. (Prerequisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics or 10-624-122OL Radiation Physics)
10-624-144 ENVIRONMENTAL HP AND DECOMMISSIONING …prepares the student to deal with issues associated with the environmental radiation, radiation accidents, environmental restoration, clean-up remediation, facility decommissioning, decontamination and the introduction of MARSSIM. (Prerequisites: 10-624-138 Radioactive Materials Management, 10-624-133 Radiological Emergencies, and 10-624-134 Radiation Shielding)
10-624-133 (LTC 10-624-138) RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT ...introduces the learner to the proper methods used to dispose of radioactive waste in liquid, solid, gaseous forms; determine waste classification, evaluate methods used to process low-level and high-level waste, determine the package/label requirements, proper type of transport container, shipment quantity classification, storage distance from people and film during shipments by rail/vessel/public roads, proper shipping name and UN number; completion of proper shipping papers; document materials inventory/shipments. (Prerequisite: 10-624-105 Health Physics Calc & Statistics, 10-624-110 Radioactivity and Regulations, 10-624-114 Nuclear Systems & Sources)
10-624-134 RADIATION SHIELDING ...provides the learner with the skills to calculate radiation attenuation from various geometric radioactive sources, determine the effect of neutron radiation on materials, and estimate the exposure rate from various sources with or without shielding materials. (Prerequisite: 10-624-122 Radiation Physics)
10-624-135 RADIATION SHIELD - LAB ...expands the learner's ability to perform shielding of ionizing radiation sources and to measure the penetration of alpha beta and gamma radiation. (Co-Requisite: 10-624-134 Radiation Shielding)

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.