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Applied Nuclear Science and Radiation Safety

Algonquin College
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

About this program

Applied Nuclear Science and Radiation Safety

The two-year Applied Nuclear Science and Radiation Safety Ontario College Diploma program is the only program of its kind in Canada. In this program, you learn to monitor radiation levels and implement preventive measures critical to ensuring the safety of employees and members of the public, and providing for protection of the environment.

Learn to effectively complete important tasks focusing on radiation safety, such as detecting and measuring radiation levels, mitigating contamination hazards and providing guidance and information to personnel to control contamination and minimize radiation exposure.

Gain theoretical and practical understanding of nuclear operations fundamentals, radiation detection and measurement, instrumentation and techniques, waste management, contamination and decontamination procedures, and incident assessments. Your courses focus on regulatory frameworks and compliance with internationally accepted radiation protection principles.

Learn from nuclear industry professionals who have years of experience. This program benefits from a partnership between Algonquin College and Bruce Power, Ontario`s largest private electricity generating company.

Benefit from the opportunity to complete industry-recognized certifications in this program.

Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op version of the program are subject to availability. Students who elect to apply to the non co-op version of the program may not have the opportunity to transfer to the co-op version at a later date.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Perform well both individually and in a team environment.
  • Possess strong critical-thinking and analytical skills.
  • Use systematic approaches to problem-solve and to follow procedures.
  • Have an appreciation for precise and accurate work.
  • Possess excellent communication skills and interpersonal abilities.
  • Possess strong mathematical skills.
  • Value the importance of and take responsibility for safety in the workplace.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a 60% or higher.
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C equivalent) with a minimum grade of 65%.
  • Physics, Grade 12 (SPH4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher OR Chemistry, Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading: 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Microcomputer Applications for Radiation Safety
  • Human Performance
  • Cooperative Education Readiness
  • Mathematics for Radiation Safety
  • Radiation Protection
  • Instrumentation I
  • Sciences for Understanding Radiation Theory
  • Preparation for Work

Level: 02

  • Communications I
  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • Radiological Regulations and Requirements
  • Instrumentation II
  • Contamination Control
  • Site Systems and Work Planning
  • Electrical Science and Systems

Level: 03

  • Technical Communication
  • Introduction to Health Physics
  • Radiological Sampling Methodology
  • Radiological Incident Assessment
  • Science for the Nuclear Industry

Level: 04

  • Reactor Chemistry
  • Radiological Waste: Disposal, Storage and Decommissioning
  • Nuclear Systems and Components
  • Radiological Assessment and Scenarios
  • Industry Safety Certificates

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Operate radiation detection and monitoring equipment, to accurately detect and measure radiation fields and contamination.
  • Interpret and follow radiation safety plans and procedures consistent with current research, regulations and industry standards.
  • Anticipate and assess radiological and operational hazards in order to recommend appropriate mitigation strategies and contingency plans for radiological protection and occupational safety.
  • Respond to changing radiological conditions in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • Communicate radiation hazards and safety requirements to all levels of personnel.
  • Assess the health risks attributed to internal and external radiological exposures.
  • Resolve radiation protection issues through the application of scientific principles, to maintain or restore optimal safety for workers, the public and the environment.
  • Promote Canadian Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) systems information, to support safe operations of the reactor and reactor systems.
  • Calibrate radiological and industrial detection and safety systems to required specifications.
  • Select and apply operational and radiological risk mitigation and contingency strategies to radiological work planning.
  • Apply the principle of As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) to established national and international radiation protection standards.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Graduates may find employment as contamination monitors, radiation protection technicians, radiation surveyors, health physics technicians, radiation safety officers,and NORMs technicians.

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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