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Applied Health Physics

Continuing education course for professionals in many disciplines to learn safe handling of radioactive materials

Introduction

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.

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Course description

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.

Cost

$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.

 

Registration Information

 

  • 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.

    Non-citizens (U.S.)

    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.

    Confirmation

    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
    1. From the airport, take US 129 N (Alcoa Highway) toward Knoxville for approximately 2.3 miles.
    2. Use the right lane to merge onto I-140 W via the ramp to Oak Ridge.
    3. 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).
    4. 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.
    5. Stay in one of the left two lanes and continue another 6.3 miles to Oak Ridge.

    Directions to the training center:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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
    1.877.226.3539
    10 miles
    Comfort Inn 433 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.8200
    1.800.228.5150
    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
    1.800.329.7466
    3 miles
    Doubletree 215 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.2468
    1.800.222.TREE
    3 miles
    Hampton Inn 208 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.482.7889
    1.800.HAMPTON
    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
    1.800.238.8000
    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.

    Airline Phone Number
    Allegiant Air 702.505.8888
    American Airlines 1.800.433.7300
    Delta Airlines 702.505.8888
    Frontier Airlines 801.401.9000
    United Airlines 1.800.864.8331
    McGhee Tyson Airport 865.342.3000
    Rental Car Agency Phone Number Reservations
    Alamo 865.342.3210 1.800.327.9633
    AVIS 865.342.3220 1.800.331.1212
    Budget Car Rental 865.342.3220 1.800.527.0700
    Dollar Car Rental 865.342.3250 1.800.366.2277
    Enterprise Rent-a-Car 865.342.1650 1.800.Rent.A.Car
    Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Oak Ridge 865.483.8494 1.800.325.8007
    Hertz 865.342.3232 1.800.654.3131
    National Car Rental 865.342.3240 1.800.227.7368

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

         

      Applied Health Physics Course instructor and students

      What our students are saying

      “Overall, I thought this class was excellent. As a student new to the field, I felt it covered most of what I would be doing at work. It is a good introductory class, very thorough, and sparked my interest even more in the field of health physics.”

      “Overall a well designed course, taught by personnel that are not only knowledgeable in the topics, but have obviously refined their teaching skills. I have been in nuclear engineering and/or health physics for over 30 years and have received some very good training at times and this course was one of the best I have been involved in, I would recommend it to anyone in the field.”

      Contact us

      For more information about ORAU's Professsional Training Programs, contact:

      Registrar
      ORAU Professional Training Programs 
      P.O. Box 117, MS-11
      Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
      Phone: 865.576.3576
      Fax: 865.241.9152
      registrar@orau.org