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.
- February 27 - March 31, 2023 (full on-site course) Register now
- July 31 – September 1, 2023 (full on-site course) Register now
- AHP Blended Series
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 and instructional materials in electronic form (PDF). Attendees should bring a laptop or tablet that is wifi enabled in order to download the instructional materials on the first day of the course. A printed copy of the instructional materials may be purchased for an additional fee ($50) if preferred. The print option can be selected during registration. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.
PTP has upgraded our instructional materials to an electronic format. Attendees should bring a laptop or tablet that is wifi enabled in order to download the instructional materials on the first day of the course. The lecture handouts that have traditionally been available in course notebooks will now be provided electronically. Textbooks and other resources may still be available in hardcopy for certain courses. If your preference is to work from printed materials please choose that option during registration and the notebook(s) will be provided for use on the first day of the course for an additional fee ($50). Lab handouts will still be provided for courses that include a laboratory component. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar.
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)
- 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. As you cross interstate I-40/I-75, I-140 ends and becomes TN-162. Continue on TN-162 (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 cemetery is on your right, you will see a sign that says “Bethel Valley Road ORNL Y12 Complex, CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC.” Exit to the 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 9:00 AM Introduction to Radioactivity and Radiation 2:30 PM Laboratory and Radiation Safety 3:30 PM Problem Session 1: Calculator Problems Tuesday 8:00 AM Gamma Rays, Conversion Electrons, X-Rays, and Auger Electrons 10:00 AM Decay Rates 12:30 PM Interactions of Charged Particle with Matter 2:00 PM Counting Statistics 3:15 PM Demo: Cloud Chamber 3:30 PM Lab: Counting Statistics Wednesday 8:00 AM Interactions of Photons with Matter 9:00 AM Gas-Filled Radiation Detectors 10:30 AM Geiger-Mueller Detectors 1:00 PM Lab: GM Counting I Thursday 8:00 AM Ionization Chambers 9:15 AM Proportional Counters 10:45 AM Solid Scintillator Detectors 1:00 PM Review Problem Session 2 2:00 PM Lab: GM Counting II Friday 8:00 AM Dosimetric Quantities and Units 9:30 AM Measurement Geometry: Point, Line, Plane 1:00 PM Lab: Proportional Counting 3:30 PM Exam I
Monday 8:00 AM Survey Instruments 10:30 AM Calibration of Survey Meters 1:00 PM Lab: Survey Instruments I 2:45 PM Lab: Survey Instruments II Tuesday 8:00 AM Exam Review 9:00 AM Radiation Surveys 10:30 AM External Dosimetry Part 1 1:00 PM Lab: Alpha and Beta Instrument Calibration 2:45 PM Lab: Gamma Instrument Calibration Wednesday 8:00 AM Critical Levels, Detection Limits, and MDAs 9:30 AM Gamma Spectroscopy Overview 10:30 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: Electronic Calibration 1:00 PM Lab: Floor Monitoring 2:30 PM Lab: High Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy 2:30 PM Review Problem Session 3 3:30 PM Lab: Walkover Survey Friday 8:00 AM Lab: High Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectrometry 10:00 AM Demo: Well Detector Spectral Features 10:30 AM Radiation Instrument Quality Control 1:00 PM Lab: Instrument Quality Assurance 3:30 PM Exam II
Monday 8:00 AM Sealed Sources 9:30 AM X-Ray Production 11:00 AM Accelerators 1:00 PM Shielding Radiation 3:00 PM Lab: Practical Shielding Demonstration 3:45 PM Lab: Leak Testing, Package Receipt Tuesday 8:00 AM Exam Review 9:00 AM Natural Background and Man-made Radioactivity 10:30 AM Industrial Uses of Radiation 1:00 PM Lab: Alpha Spectroscopy 2:45 PM Lab: Half-Life of Long-Lived Radionuclide Wednesday 8:00 AM Transportation of Radioactive Materials 10:00 AM Liquid Scintillation Counting 11:30 AM Lab: Radon Charcoal Canisters and Electrets - start 1:00 PM Lab: Techniques and Sample Preparation 3:00 PM Lab: Radiation Shielding Thursday 8:00 AM X-Ray Fluorescence 8:45 AM Lab: X-Ray Fluorescence 9:30 AM Radiation Safety Regulations and Standards 10:30 AM Review Problem Session 4 12:30 PM Lab: Contamination Surveys 2:30 PM Lab: Hand-Held Identifiers Friday 8:00 AM Biological Effects of Radiation 9:45 AM Radiation Dose and Risk 1:00 PM Preparing for Radiation Emergencies/Radiation Accidents 2:30 PM Tour: REAC/TS
No Exam this Week
Monday 8:00 AM Thermoluminescent, Film, and OSL Dosimetry 10:00 AM External Dosimetry Part 2 1:00 PM Lab: TLD Systems 2:30 PM Lab: Dosimetry Report Interpretation Tuesday 8:00 AM Air Sampling Introduction 9:30 AM Air Sampling Equations 11:00 AM Problem Session 5: Air Sampling 1:00 PM Lab: Air Sampling 3:00 PM Radionuclide Equilibrium Wednesday 8:00 AM Fume Hood and Design Testing 9:30 AM Stack Sampling 12:30 PM Atmospheric Dispersion 2:30 PM Lab: Ventilation System Testing Thursday 8:00 AM Introduction to Nuclear Power and Reactor Health Physics 10:00 AM Radon and its Decay Products 12:30 PM Respiratory Protection 2:30 PM Lab: Radon Charcoal Canisters and Electrets - finish Friday 8:00 AM Introduction to Internal Dosimetry 11:00 AM Bioassay Data Interpretation 1:00 PM Problem Session 6: Internal Dosimetry 2:30 PM Exam III
Monday 8:00 AM Neutron Sources 9:30 AM Interactions of Neutrons with Matter 10:30 AM Neutron Detectors 1:00 PM Lab: He-3 Detectors 2:45 PM Lab: Air Sampling (Radon Daughters) Tuesday 8:00 AM Neutron Activation 9:00 AM Lab: Neutron Survey Meter Calibration 9:45 AM Lab: Bonner Spheres 10:30 AM Lab: Neutron Activation Analysis 1:00 PM Lab: Neutron Fluence Rate Measurements 2:30 PM Review of Course Exams/Lab Exercises Wednesday 8:00 AM Radioactive Waste Management 9:30 AM Radionuclide Pathways 10:30 AM Medical Uses of Radiation 1:00 PM Decommissioning 2:00 PM Lab: Comprehensive Lab Practical Thursday 8:00 AM Environmental Monitoring Programs 10:00 AM Environmental Sample Collection 1:00 PM Sample Process 2:30 PM Course Review Friday 8:00 AM Comprehensive Final Exam 10:00 AM Course Critique 10:30 AM Commencement