Nuclear Technology

Online Associate Degree from an Accredited Leader in Distance Learning


Excelsior College's Associate in Science in Nuclear Technology offers a direct route into the nuclear technology industry. It's also a great first step toward a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering technology.

A national leader in adult education and workforce development, Excelsior offers convenient online nuclear technology classes that meet all the requirements of the National Academy for Nuclear Training. By completing our nuclear technology associate degree, you may be eligible to become certified for employment as a non-licensed nuclear operator.

Excelsior's nuclear technology associate degree program fits easily into your life because:

  • Our online classes are available 24/7—you can take them at your convenience, whenever your schedule allows.
  • You'll get maximum transfer credit for your previous college work, leaving you with fewer courses to complete the program.
  • It's an affordable degree with low tuition, minimal student fees, and flexible payment options. (Visit our Fees and Tuition page to see how much you can save.)

Online Nuclear Technology Classes Designed for Working Adults

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation programs and specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

Our nuclear technology associate degree program meets the highest standards of academic quality. You'll get a respected degree while working with first-rate faculty who have many years of classroom and industry experience.

The AS in Nuclear Technology degree provides you with a solid foundation in subjects such as

  • Electrical theory
  • Nuclear physics
  • Plant systems and reactor cores
  • Reactor safety design
  • Health physics and radiation protection

You'll graduate with a diploma and a Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program certificate, which gives you an advantage in the job market. You'll also be ready to move directly into Excelsior's Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology program.

And you can network while you learn: Excelsior College hosts the first online-only student chapter of the American Nuclear Society.

61 credits total: 30 in the arts and sciences; 30 in the Nuclear Technology Component; and the 1 credit information literacy requirement. See the credit requirements in chart form.

Upon successful completion of the Excelsior College Associate in Science in Nuclear Technology program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of nature with the ability to understand, measure, and provide quantitative expressions of the phenomena of nature.
  2. Apply the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry, and higher mathematics to problem solving in nuclear areas.
  3. Practice good oral and written communications.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of our cultural heritage, interpersonal relationships, the interrelationship between technology and society, and those values essential for intelligent and discerning judgments.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer applications for technical problem solving appropriate to the nuclear engineering technology discipline.
  6. Exhibit technical skills and techniques in electrical theory, health physics, radiation protection, shielding, reactor core fundamentals, reactor systems, applied thermodynamics, nuclear instrumentation and control systems, and reactor safety.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of nuclear processes and operation, the relationship between design and operation, and the role of the human and environmental interface in the operation and maintenance of nuclear systems.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of nuclear plant operation, which includes the areas of radiation protection procedures, current applicable rules and regulations, maintenance and control of nuclear systems, quality assurance, and environmental integrity.




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