Health Physics

Protecting Workers and the Environment

NOTE:  This program will not be accepting new students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Health Physics is devoted to managing the beneficial use of ionizing radiation while protecting workers and the public from potential hazards.  This program will equip a person to enter a job in Health Physics or Radiation Control at the technician level.

Qualified Radiation Safety Technicians are needed in many work places that use radiation.  This includes health care, nuclear energy, uranium processing and enrichment, university research facilities, government facilities, and other industries.  These technicians play a vital role in the health and safety of the workforce, patients, the public, and the environment and in compliance with both state and federal regulations on the use of radioactive materials and radiation emitting devices.

The Health Physics program has been structured to allow completion in an accelerated format.  The courses are all available as online courses.  Any of the courses that have a laboratory component will require limited on-campus visits that can be arranged at the convenience of the class.  For students that live out of the immediate area, arrangements can be made for the laboratory exercises to be completed at the student’s work place or at a location that is willing to allow use of their instrumentation. 

A student may obtain the certificate and enter the work force as a Health Physics Technician and complete the requirements for the Associate of Science Degree in Health Physics while working.  Prior college level courses may also count for needed credit hours.  These will be evaluated when entering the program.

The certificate program is designed to assist the student in preparing for passing required testing to work at Department of Energy facilities.  Similar testing is done at other nuclear facilities.  Normally, the passing score on such tests is 80%.  This would allow working as a Junior Health Physics Technician at most facilities.

The Associate of Science Degree in Health Physics will help prepare a student to successfully pass an exam given by the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT).  This recognition is achieved after working as a technician and completion of the test given by NRRPT. The NRRPT recognition would qualify a worker for the Senior Health Physics Technician level at most facilities.

Credential Opportunities



Length of Program

A student seeking an Associate in Applied Science degree completes the program in four semesters by completing a total of 60-63 credit hours.  Those seeking a certificate can complete their plan of study in two or three semesters by completing a total of 17 credit hours.  Courses are currently offered online during two 16-week semesters (August-December and January- May) each academic year.  Consideration is being given to offering selected courses that can successfully be completed within the 8-week summer session.

Admission Requirements 

There are no special admission requirements for this program.  Please consult WKCTC's general admission requirements

    Industry Related Associations:

    Health Physics Society The National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologies

    Contact Information

    Stephanie Milliken


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