Applied Health Physics
Continuing education course for professionals in many disciplines to learn safe handling of radioactive materials
The use of radiation in industry, medicine, and education has created a need for persons trained in the principles of radiation safety and health physics. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-week training course—Applied Health Physics. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.
It may be possible to split your attendance between two sessions (e.g., three weeks in the Spring, two weeks in the Fall). Contact the Registrar for more information.
This intensive five-week training course consists of lectures and laboratory exercises. Participants spend approximately 40% of their time performing laboratory exercises using radiation detection and measurement equipment. Laboratory exercises complement the health physics principles learned in the lectures. Beginning with fundamental principles, each topic progresses to an advanced level. Instruction is fortified with weekly examinations and problem sessions. A final examination is given at the end of the course.
This course will satisfy most of the basic science training hours required for a license in medical uses of by-product material. For more information on licensing requirements, contact your state’s radiological control program or the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Who should attend
Any person needing training in health physics and radiation protection should attend this course. Attendees should have some training in mathematics, including algebra, and have experience using a calculator with scientific functions.
$9,995 - The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.
The decision deadline for running a course is 30 days prior to the course start date. If there are not enough registrants at that time, the course will be cancelled, so please REGISTER EARLY. If you are unable to register prior to the deadline, please contact the Registrar for assistance.
You have several options on registration and payment for an ORAU PTP course:
- Register and pay online (see course listings for registration links) with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover)
- Download the registration form to fill out and submit to the Registrar. Payment arrangements will follow.
- Contact the Registrar by email or phone for complete assistance in registration and payment.
Be sure to read the following information prior to registering.
Since this training takes place in a Department of Energy facility, certain security requirements must be met. Foreign nationals must be cleared before attending, a process that may take several weeks. If you are a foreign national, contact the Registrar for additional information.
One month prior to the course starting date, if that much advance time is available, you will receive written confirmation of your registration, as well as additional information regarding time, local lodging, and local transportation. You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements.
You may cancel your registration 30 days prior to the course start date with no penalty. Individuals who cancel within 30 days of the course start date will be assessed a 10% cancellation fee based on the cost of the course. Individuals who do not notify ORAU of cancellation and do not attend the course will be assessed a 20% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be communicated directly to the ORAU Professional Training Programs Registrar and a confirmation will be provided. Cancellation fees will be invoiced to participants after the completion of the course. If a course was paid in full at the time of registration, reimbursement (minus any applicable cancellation fee) will be processed after course completion.
ORAU’s Professional Training Programs reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course due to insufficient participants, or for other reasons beyond our control. If a course is canceled, you will be notified by phone or email one month prior to the start date of the course. No cancellation fee will be assessed for courses canceled by ORAU. If ORAU cancels the course, any payments received prior to the cancellation of the course will be refunded in full.
ORAU does not recommend that participants make non-refundable travel arrangements prior to the one month cancellation window. ORAU is not liable for such costs if the course is canceled.
Time Action Cancellation Fee ≥ 30 days before start date of the course ORAU cancels course or participant cancels registration None < 30 days before start date of the course Participant cancels registration 10% of course cost Week of course Participant does not attend and/or provide notification before start date of the course 20% of course cost
- From the airport, take US 129 N (Alcoa Highway) toward Knoxville for approximately 2.3 miles.
- Use the right lane to merge onto I-140 W via the ramp to Oak Ridge.
- Continue on I-140 W for approximately 11.4 miles. You will cross interstate I-40/I-75. As you cross the interstate continue onto TN-162 N (Pellissippi Parkway).
- In 5.9 miles, TN-162 N will merge with TN-62 W. You will travel through the small Solway community that primarily consists of gas stations and small stores. Continue over the Clinch River/Solway Bridge, and past a local cemetery that will be on the right.
- Stay in one of the left two lanes and continue another 6.3 miles to Oak Ridge.
Directions to the training center:
- After you have crossed over the Clinch River/Solway Bridge and are next to the cemetery, you will see a sign that says “Bethel Valley Road ORNL Y12 Complex, CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC.” Our facility is located prior to the closure. Take the exit right onto Bethel Valley Road.
- In approximately 0.8 miles, the training center will be on the left at the intersection of Bethel Valley Road and Pumphouse Road (to the left) and Scarboro Road (to the right). Turn left onto Pumphouse Road. There will be two entrances immediately on the left into the parking lot.
- To enter the facility, walk around to the front of the building. The training center entrance faces Bethel Valley Road closest to the intersection.
Google Earth coordinates of training facility: 35.983667 -84.222
Hotel Address Phone Distance Candlewood Suites* 10206 Parkside Drive, Knoxville 865.777.0400
10 miles Comfort Inn 433 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.8200
2.5 miles Courtyard by Marriott 216 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.0600 9 miles Days Inn 206 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.5615
3 miles Doubletree 215 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.2468
3 miles Hampton Inn 208 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.482.7889
3 miles Holiday Inn Express* 114 Tulsa Road, Oak Ridge 1.888.465.4329 3.5 miles Homewood Suites by Hilton 10935 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.777.0375 10 miles Quality Inn 216 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.6809 3 miles Residence Inn by Marriott* 215 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.5339 9 miles SpringHill Suites by Marriott 10955 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.966.8888 10 miles Staybridge Suites (Extended Stay)* 420 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.298.0050
2.5 miles TownePlace Suites by Marriott* 205 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.693.5216 9 miles Westgate Apartments 101-O Gates Drive 865.481.0603 8 miles
*Ask for the ORAU special rate.
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Tentative Course Schedule
Monday 8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 9:30 AM Introduction to Radioactivity 2:30 PM Lab and Radiation Safety 3:30 PM Problem Session 1 Tuesday 8:00 AM Decay Rates 9:30 AM Interactions of Charged Particle with Matter 11:00 AM Gamma Rays, Conversion Electrons, X-Rays, and Auger Electrons 2:00 PM Counting Statistics 3:15 PM Demonstration: Cloud Chamber
Lab: Counting Statistics
Wednesday 8:00 AM Interactions of Photons with Matter 9:00 AM Gas Detectors 10:30 AM Geiger Mueller Detectors 1:00 PM Lab: G-M Counting I Thursday 8:00 AM Proportional Counters 9:00 AM Dosimetric Quantities and Units: Exposure 10:00 AM Dosimetric Quantities and Units: Absorbed Dose and Kerma Equivalent 11:00 AM Dosimetric Quantities and Units: Effective Dose Equivalent 1:00 PM Problem Session 2 2:00 PM Lab: A) Proportional Counting
Lab: B) G-M Counting II
Friday 8:00 AM Ionization Chambers 9:00 AM Solid Scintillator Detectors 10:30 AM Survey Meters Introduction 11:00 AM Point, Line, Plane and Volume Sources 1:00 PM Lab: A) G-M Counting II
Lab: B) Proportional Counting
3:30 PM Exam I
Monday 8:00 AM Survey Meters for Surface Contamination 9:00 AM Survey Meters for Measuring Exposure Rates 10:30 PM Calibration of Survey Meters I 1:00 PM Lab: A) Alpha and Beta Instrument Calibration
Lab: B) Gamma Instrument Calibration
2:45 PM Lab: A) Gamma Instrument Calibration
Lab: B) Alpha and Beta Instrument Calibration
Tuesday 8:00 AM Exam Review 9:00 AM Calibration of Survey Meters (Part II) 10:30 AM Natural Background and Man-made Radioactivity 1:00 PM Lab: A) Survey Instruments I
Lab: A) Survey Instruments II
2:45 PM Lab: B) Survey Instruments II
Lab: B) Survey Instruments I
Wednesday 8:00 AM Radionuclide Equilibrium 9:30 AM Gamma Spectroscopy Overview 11:00 AM Gamma Spectrum Features 1:00 PM Lab: Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy I 2:45 PM Lab: Low Energy Spectral Features Thursday 8:00 AM Semiconductor Detectors 10:30 AM Lab: High Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy 1:00 PM Critical Levels, Detection Limits, Minimum Detectble Activities 2:30 PM Problem Session 3 3:30 PM Lab: Walkover Survey Friday 8:00 AM Lab: High Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectrometry 10:00 AM Lab: High Energy Spectral Features 11:30 AM Demo: Well Detector Spectral Features 1:30 PM Computerized Gamma Spectroscopy 3:30 PM Exam II
Monday 8:00 AM Radiation Protection Regulations and Standards 9:30 AM Industrial Uses OF Radiation 10:30 AM Shielding Radiation 1:00 PM Transportation Regulations 3:00 PM Lab: Radiation Shielding Tuesday 8:00 AM Sealed Source Design, Testing and Leak Testing 9:00 AM Exam Review 10:30 AM X-ray Fluorescence 11:00 AM Lab: X-ray Fluorescence 1:00 PM Lab: A) Alpha Spectroscopy
Lab: B) Protective Clothing/Hand-held Gamma Spec Detectors
2:45 PM Lab: A) Protective Clothing/Hand-held Gamma Spec. Detectors
Lab: B) Alpha Spectroscopy
Wednesday 8:00 AM X-Ray Production 9:30 AM Lab: A) Techniques and Sample Preparation
Lab: B) Half-Life of Long-lived Nuclide
12:30 AM Lab: A) Half-Life of Long-lived Nuclide
Lab: B) Techniques and Sample Preparation
2:30 PM Problem Session 4 3:30 PM Lab: RESRAD and MicroShield Demo Thursday 8:00 AM Accelerators 9:30 AM Radiation Surveys 10:30 AM Liquid Scintillation Counting 1:00 PM Lab: A) Contamination Survey
Lab: B) Leak Testing
2:30 PM Lab: A) Leak Testing
Lab: B) Contamination Survey
4:00 PM Lab: Liquid Scintillation Counting Friday 8:00 AM Effects of Radiation at the Cellular Level 9:30 AM Acute (Early) Effects of Radiation 11:00 AM Delayed (Late) Effects of Radiation 1:00 PM Lab Prep: Radon Canisters and Electrets 1:30 PM Preparing for Radiation Emergencies/Radiation Accidents 2:30 PM Tour: REAC/TS
No Exam this Week
Monday 8:00 AM Radon and its Decay Products 10:00 AM Thermoluminescent, Film, and OSL Dosimetry 1:00 PM Radon II 2:30 PM Lab: A) TLD Systems
Lab: B) Electronic Calibration
3:45 PM Lab: B) Floor Monitoring Tuesday 8:00 AM AirSampling Introduction 9:30 AM Air Sampling Equations 11:00 AM Problem Session 5 1:00 PM Air Sampler Calibration 2:30 PM Lab: A) Electronic Calibration
Lab: B) TLD and OSL Dosimetry
3:00 PM Lab: A) Film Dosimetry Wednesday 8:00 AM Stack Sampling 9:30 AM Atmospheric Dispersion 1:00 PM Fume Hood and Design Testing 2:30 PM Lab: A) Ventilation System Testing
Lab: B) Air Sampler Calibration
Thursday 8:00 AM Introduction to Nuclear Power and Reactor Health Physics 10:00 AM External Dosimetry 12:30 PM Lab: A) Air Sampler Calibration
Lab: B) Ventilation System Testing
2:30 PM Lab: Radon Charcoal Canisters and Electrets Friday 8:00 AM Internal Dosimetry 11:00 AM Bioassay 2:00 PM Problem Session 6 2:00 PM Respiratory Protection 3:30 PM Exam III
Monday 8:00 AM Neutron Sources 9:00 AM Neutron Interactions 10:30 AM Neutron Detection 1:00 PM Lab: A) BF3 Detectors
Lab: B) Air Sampling (Radon Daughters)
2:45 PM Lab: A) Air Sampling (Radon Daughters)
Lab: B) BF3 Detectors
Tuesday 8:00 AM Neutron Activation and Activation Analysis 9:00 AM Lab: A) Neutron Activation Analysis
Lab: B) Neutron Survey Meter Calibration
10:45 AM Lab: A) Neutron Survey Meter Calibration
Lab: B) Neutron Activation Analysis
1:00 PM Lab: Neutron Fluence Rate Measurements 2:30 PM Review of Course Quizzes and Lab Exercises (Optional) Wednesday 8:00 AM Radioactive Waste Management 9:30 AM Medical Uses of Radiation 11:00 AM Sample Process 1:00 PM Radiological Survey Types in Support of Decommissioning 2:00 PM Lab: Comprehensive Lab Practical Thursday 8:00 AM Radionuclide Pathways 9:00 AM Radioactive Waste 10:30 AM Medical Uses of Radiation 1:00 PM Radioactivity in Consumer Products Friday 8:00 AM Comprehensive Final Exam 10:00 AM Course Critique 10:30 AM Commencement