Radiation Safety/Health Physics
Radiation Safety/Health Physics
Associate Degree
60 Credits
Central Campus (Janesville)

Flexible Learning Options

Numerous classes in this program are offered in one or more of these formats. Learn more.

What You’ll Learn

“I'm happy to tell you that having been through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation, breast cancer is officially behind me. I feel absolutely great and I am raring to go.” - Carly Fiorina 

Radiation Safety/Health Physics is an occupational field specializing in the control and proper use of radiation and radioactive materials to protect fellow workers from ionizing radiation. Radiation safety in today’s health care, energy, manufacturing, defense and research fields depends on qualified technicians to perform many technical duties. Technicians play a vital role in the health, safety and wellbeing of their coworkers, patients, the public and the environment by implementing compliance with state and federal laws regulating the use of radioactive materials.

The Radiation Safety/Health Physics Associate’s Degree program offers individuals who are employed in the industry a unique opportunity to obtain specialized training to work with radioactive materials. In addition to being a high demand field, it also pays extremely well.  The program is also an excellent springboard for a four-year degree in health physics and radiation safety.

Designed as a shared program with Lakeshore Technical College (LTC), classes may be offered in traditional classroom settings, online or using Interactive Television (ITV) to link instruction from both Blackhawk and LTC. In some cases, students may be asked to attend classes outside of their current district. Check with a program advisor for more details or view the full-time program sheet.

Special Note: This program is designed for working adults in the Nuclear/Radiation/Health Physics industry. It is an online program that allows participants to access both archived and live synchronous lectures in the 10624 courses. Most classes have prerequisites and the program is constructed without lab components; therefore, students should work with their industry supervisor to identify suitable activities at their worksite.

Estimated Program Costs & Potential Earnings

Average Wage


*based on EMSI Occupational Employment Statistics

Potential Careers

Radiation Therapist
Radiation Therapy Technician
Nuclear Monitoring Technician
Radiation Monitor
Medical Radiation Dosimetrist

Career Pathway

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning saving you time and money. Find out more about what may apply to this program.

Radiation Safety/Health Physics
Nuclear Technology

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