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Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training

Continuing education for radiation safety specialists in hospitals and other medical facilities


Personnel responsible for radiation safety activities in medical institutions are faced with numerous administrative and technical issues. New technologies are continuously being developed, often with unique radiation safety techniques associated with them. New research projects and clinical trials at medical institutions require the Medical Radiation Safety Officer (MRSO) to continuously evaluate new protocols, requiring a sound foundation in radiation safety. In order to meet the need within the medical community, ORAU conducts a training course—Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training.

The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course. American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) Diplomates can claim Certification Maintenance credit for this event. See ABIH Maintain Certification for more information.

Training dates

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Course description

This Virtual Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training has been designed similar to the instructor-led course. There will be sessions that are attended by MRSO and RSO participants. There will be sessions that focus specifically on MRSO requirements and responsibilities as well as laboratory demonstrations. The course will be a mixture of live webinar instruction and previously recorded webcasts. Twelve lectures will be presented live and 15 previously recorded lectures will be available to view independently. See the schedule below for more details.

Participants will have six days in-between the four days of live instruction to complete the webcasts as time allows. A question and answer session is scheduled in the middle of the course via a live webinar to allow participants to ask questions and discuss difficult concepts with the course instructors. In order to complete the course, you will be required to pass an exam. A passing score is 70 out of 100. You will have three attempts to successfully complete the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, a course certificate of completion will be provided.

This course introduces participants to current issues and technologies in the medical applications of radiation. The issues and technologies are discussed in the context of improving and developing an institution’s radiation safety program.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals who presently have or anticipate having the responsibility for RSO activities at medical institutions. Participants should be familiar with the basics of health physics and radiation safety. Individuals new to the field are advised to attend either the Introduction to Radiation Safety course or Applied Health Physics course as a prerequisite.


$1,995 - The instructional material will be provided in an electronic format via the ORAU PTP Learning Management System (LMS).

Registration Terms and Course Schedule


  • Please read the following carefully and in its entirety. You must accept these terms and conditions in order to be successfully enrolled in the online course. By accepting these terms and conditions, you are legally obligated to act in accordance with this agreement.

    Restricted Materials Use Agreement

    By registering for this course offered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), I understand that I will be provided with ORAU PTP course materials developed by ORAU. In exchange for receiving these materials, I agree and understand that the ORAU PTP course materials (both electronic and hardcopy) are provided for use by the registered participant only. Duplication and/or distribution of the course materials, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission of ORAU. The participant may retain and use the course materials for personal reference in perpetuity. Publications and other copyrighted materials provided during the course may be subject to additional restrictions as noted within these documents.

    Cancellations and Refunds

    Once access to the course material (LMS) has been granted, no refunds or cancellations will be accepted.

    Links to Third Party Websites

    PTP's Online Training may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by other organizations. Any link to third-party websites is not an endorsement of said websites and ORAU is not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites.


    Sessions that contain webinars will be recorded.

  • Monday, Nov. 29

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
    10:00 AM Radiation Interactions and Radiobiology Review
    11:00 AM Dosimetry Program Requirements
    1:30 PM Introduction to Radiation Math for RSOs
    Tuesday, Nov. 30

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Survey Instruments
    10:00 AM Responsibilities of the RSO
    11:00 AM Security of Radioactive Material
    1:30 PM Inventory Control and Records
    2:30 PM Overview of Radioactive Materials Licensing Requirements
    Dec. 1-3

    Recorded Webcast

    Radiation Safety Culture in Healthcare
    Current Nuclear Medicine Practice: Potential for Contamination and Exposure
    Instrumentation Quality Control
    Lab Demo: Survey Instruments and Dose Calibrator
    Dealing with the Radioactive Patient
    Patient Protection During Fluroscopic Procedures
    Clinical Medical Accelerators
    Radiation Safety in Nuclear Medicine
    Monday, Dec. 6

     Live Webinar

    10:00 AM Webcast Q&A Session
    Dec. 6-8

    Recorded Webcast

    Overview of Brachytheraphy Physics
    RSO's Response to Deliberate Misuse of Radioactive Materials
    Ethics of Radiation Protection in Human Subject Research and Practice
    Radioisotopes and Radiation Safety in Biomedical Research
    Demo/Lab: Sealed Source Leak Testing (ST-200)/Shipping & Receiving RAM Packages
    Medical Radiation Regulations/Part 35
    Compliance with Other Regulatory Agencies
    Thursday, Dec. 9

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Internal Dosimetry for the RSO
    11:00 AM Treatment for Internal Contamination
    1:30 PM Challenges for the Health Physicist during Medical Management of Accidents
    Friday, Dec. 10

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Internal Dosimetry for the RSO
    10:00 AM Treatment for Internal Contamination
    11:00 AM Exam
    12:00 PM Critiques and Adjourn
Medical Radiation Safety Training Officer Course instructor and students

What our students are saying

“All of the hands on interaction, and ability to ask questions directly, was incredible. The 'minds' teaching the material were by far the most valuable.”

“Thank you for your time and effort! What you do, through us, affects public health. The citizens of my state thank you.”

“I gained abundance of useful knowledge that will be extremely helpful to me while serving as a RSO. The instructors were also very knowledgeable!”

Contact us

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

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