Rocky Mountain Institute of Health Physics
Online Radiation Protection Technology Program
The Rocky Mountain Institute of Health Physics was proudly developed by technicians for technicians! We recognize the significance of nuclear energy and sustain the importance of a positive safety culture in the nuclear industry. This program is offered completely online and is comprised of an intricate curriculum developed to empower our students with the knowledge necessary to succeed in the industry of Radiation Protection. The nuclear industry operates within the authority of the Department of Energy (DOE) for labs and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) For Nuclear Power Facilities. Therefore, this program has been specifically tailored to provide our students with an abundance of knowledge and training based on a combination of both NRC and DOE training principals and procedures. Please view more about this program in the “Admissions” section.
What is a Radiation Protection Technician
Radiation Protection Technicians are the nuclear industry’s skilled personnel that provide support, and implement radiological controls necessary for the safe operation of nuclear facilities, and to ensure the safety of the workers, the public, and the environment. Radiation Protection Technician duties include monitoring nuclear operations to maintain radiation dose As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) to the public, the employees, and the environment. Radiation Protection Technicians are also tasked with providing environmental radiological monitoring through water, soil and air sampling. Other Radiation Protection Technician duties include, reactor chemistry sampling, operating radiological detection and monitoring equipment, implementing radiological work procedures, conducting radiological surveys, and directing nuclear activities for radiological safety.
Graduates from the Rocky Mountain Institute of Health Physics’ Radiological Protection Technology program receive the necessary career training to be employed as entry-level Radiological Control, Radiological Protection, Radiation Safety, or Health Physics Technicians. Here at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Health Physics we proudly offer this nationally recognized Radiation Protection Technology program to provide entry-level technicians with the knowledge necessary to provide exceptional support in the nuclear industry.
Employment opportunities as a Radiation Protection Technician
This Technical Certificate program teaches skills required for employment in the nuclear industry. Rocky Mountain Institute of Health Physics trained technicians will receive the training necessary to practice Radiation Safety in any nuclear facility with confidence. Radiation Protection is a high demand career in the United States and our trained Radiation Protection Technicians will graduate with the skills necessary to gain employment at any of the commercial nuclear power plants in the United States under the direction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Other nuclear facility employment opportunities include work for Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, dosimetry laboratories, medical facilities, particle accelerators, nuclear waste facilities, and independent and university research facilities that work with radioactive material.
There are currently 104 nuclear power reactors licensed to operate in the United States providing 20 percent of the country’s electricity. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission anticipates constructing 37 new commercial nuclear power reactors over the next several years. The increasing license applications for nuclear reactor facilities represents the largest growth planning in nuclear energy seen in decades. The global energy crisis has placed new urgency for nuclear power generation to meet future energy needs and to modernize our nation’s existing power plants. The United States will forever maintain a dependency on nuclear power generation as nuclear grade Uranium fuel is a sustainable energy resource.