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College Diploma in Applied Nuclear Science and Radiation Safety (Co-op and Non Co-op Version)




What will I learn?

Learn how to survey, monitor and control radiation exposure for a career in the nuclear industry.

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.

Graduates may find employment in:

  • nuclear power plants
  • nuclear-based research and development facilities
  • decontamination/waste storage facilities
  • uranium mines/mills
  • radiation protection contract companies
  • isotope production/refinement facilities
  • hospitals that use radioisotopes
  • universities with radiological labs
  • the oil and gas industry concerned with naturally-occurring radioactive materials (NORMS) management

Graduates may work in roles such as:

  • contamination monitor
  • radiation protection technician
  • radiation surveyor
  • health physics technician
  • NORMs technician


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.

Which department am I in?

Pembroke Campus

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Co-op version fees: Semester 1: CAN $8,187.60; Semester 2,3,4: CAN $7,729.60; Estimated Program Total fees: CAN $31,376.40; Non co-op version fees: Semester 1: CAN $7,787.60; Semester 2,3,4: CAN $7,729.60; Estimated Program Total fees: CAN $30,976.40
Start date

Expected September 2023


Pembroke Campus

1 College Way,


Ontario (ON),

K8A 0C8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

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 CAN $50 will be charged.

English language requirement: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading: 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.

Deadline: Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term received by February 1 will be given equal consideration.


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