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Radiation Technology (Health Physics) Overview

A Baccalaureate of Science (B.S.) degree in Applied Science at Alcorn State University (ASU), with specialization in Health Physics (HP), requires about 123 credit hours as are tabulated below. This curriculum is compatible with a regular college course load. It can be completed in three or four years by a college-bound traditional student in health physics. This curriculum satisfies all the requirements for ABET accreditation for the B.S. degree in the applied science program.

The technical electives can be in health physics, nuclear science and engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, zoology, mathematics, environmental science, computer science, or any similar topics. This curriculum is for a traditional student entering the university from high school. For transfer and non-traditional students who wish to graduate from Alcorn State University, the residency requirement is at least thirty credit hours. Therefore, the university allows students to transfer all except thirty credit hours from a SACS accredited institution or its equivalent if they are comparable to the ABET requirements in the course description categories. This concentration can be finished in three years or less if one includes summer sessions or the transfer credit hours.

In the case of transfer students and/or life learning situations, every case is evaluated individually and the proper credit can be awarded according to university admission and graduation requirements. This curriculum is designed to satisfy the requirement set by ABET for a B.S. degree in Applied Science which is also acceptable by AAHP (the American Association of Health Physicists). A student who has completed the above curriculum is qualified to start at a nuclear power plant at the level of Radiation Protection Specialist and soon be eligible for HP certification. The courses will be offered according to the previously agreed *document summarized in a rubric titled, “Strategic Vision For A 2+2+2+2 Competency-Based Workforce Development & Health Physics Initiative”.

*Agreement between ASU and GGNP.

Certificate Prep in Radiation Technology (RT)

For employees who are college graduates and are seeking supplemental information in health physics and radiation protection, a six-to-eight week course work is available to prepare them to better understand the health physics issues. The courses are:

1. Review of mathematics for health physics applications/counting statistics - 3
2. Review of physics for health physics applications - 3
3. Review of chemistry for health physics applications - 3
4. Review of biology/anatomy for health physics applications - 3
5. Introduction to health physics and radiation safety - 3
6. Radiation detection and monitoring - 3
7. Internal and external dosimetry - 3
8. Computer application in health physics - 3
Total Credit-hours equivalent - 24

The certificate prep program is usually for those employees who have a college level degree or its equivalent, and specialize in other areas of the multi-disciplinary field, but need to have a deeper understanding of health physics to better perform their responsibilities within the enterprise. The above curriculum will enable them to fulfill that commitment. Depending upon the preparedness, some of the courses can be omitted or supplemented to better suit individual requirements.

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