Radiation Health Technician
The Naval Undersea Medical Institute is the only training site authorized to provide the initial training in Radiation Health. The Radiation Health Technician (RHT) Course enables Hospital Corpsman to successfully operate Navy Radiation Health Programs ashore and afloat. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to handle day to day administrative operations in support of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion (NNPP), Nuclear Weapons, Medical/Dental, and Industrial Radiological Controls Programs. In certain locations around the globe, RHTs may work without direct supervision of a Radiation Health Officer.
Learning Objectives of the course encompass:
- Radiological Fundamentals
- Radiological Control (Radcon) Measures
- Training within the Radcon Programs
- Medical Surveillance for Radiation Workers
- Program Administration
- Casualty Response/Decontamination
Radiation Health Officers Technicians serve throughout the world in a wide variety of assignments including operational support on nuclear powered aircraft carriers (CVN), shipyards, submarine support units, Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF), medical research activities, training centers, and more.
Radiation Health and safety experts are responsible for all aspects of the occupational radiation protection programs at NNPP, industrial, and medical treatment facilities, ensuring compliance with Navy, Department of Defense, and Federal radiation exposure regulations:
- Exposure monitoring program
- Medical surveillance
- Training of personnel
- Documentation, Submission, and Retention of Reports
- Emergency Medical Response
RHTs occupy positions in scientific research and academia, e.g. at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, RHT's support radiological physics and operational health physics research.
The duties of an RHT are challenging and rewarding. After successfully becoming a Hospital Corpsman, motivated individuals that seek a high level of responsibility, a job that has a measurable impact in Navy from day one, and opportunities to expand education and scientific knowledge are encourage to pursue to apply.