ASAST in Radiation Protection

The Associate in Science in Applied Science and Technology (ASAST) degree in Radiation Protection is designed for health physics technicians and other radiation workers in the nuclear industry, hospitals and manufacturing. The program enables mid-career adults meet their educational and professional needs through credit transfer and course completion, positing graduates to transition to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree program.  The degree is a 60-credit program.

ASAST in Radiation Protection Credit Distribution

Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 30
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College Algebra (MAT-121) or above
  • Higher Level Mathematics above College Algebra
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 11
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Physics I
  • Physics II or Chemistry I
C. General Education Electives 4
II. Area of Study: Radiation Protection 24
A. Nuclear Physics 3
B. Radiation Biology or Chemistry 3
C. Health Physics
  • Radiation Safety
  • Health Physics
  • Radiation Protection
D. Radiation Measurement
  • Radiation Detection and Measurement
  • Nuclear Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Radiation Dosimetry
E. Radiation Protection Electives
  • Health Physics Techniques
  • Radiation Effects
  • Radiation Shielding
  • Radioactive Waste Control
  • ALARA Principles
  • Nuclear Radiation Fundamentals
  • Thermodynamics or Heat Transfer
  • Radiation Biophysics
  • Radiation and Reactor Systems
F. Associate Capstone (APS-295) 3
III. Free Electives 6
Total 60


  • Required Courses: Nuclear Physics, Radiation Biology or Chemistry, Health Physics, Radiation Measurements
  • Corollary Requirements: College Algebra, Computer Programming, Chemistry I and II or Physics I and II
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Option: Students who have completed NRRPT certification will have completed the option. Students who completed Navy Nuclear Power School will have completed most of the option

Leverage Your Training

Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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