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Nuclear Power Technology

Designed for current and future nuclear power employees, students gain fundamental skills and knowledge needed for many positions in the nuclear industry. Developed in collaboration with EPCE nuclear industry partners, the BSC's Nuclear Power Technology program is approved by the Nuclear Energy Institute.



Power up your nuclear career

The Nuclear Power Technology program at the Bismarck State College (BSC) National Energy Center for Excellence (NECE) prepares current and future nuclear power employees, including those currently employed in non-technical positions.  Students gain fundamental skills and knowledge required for non-licensed operator, maintenance and chemistry along with a degree specialized for non-licensed operator and health physics positions in nuclear generation systems.
This program is also a great opportunity for present nuclear station employees in non-technical areas, and all employees who are seeking a degree and/or additional training.  Prospective students currently employed in the nuclear industry may choose to enroll in an Instrumentation & Control track within the degree program. 

Coursework in the program includes access to a full-fidelity nuclear simulator developed specifically for BSC.  This program was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation as a result of industry demand.

Several scholarships are available for individuals new to the nuclear industry.  Awards may cover the entire cost of the program.  Learn more here.

Industry-recognized education

The program was developed in collaboration with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) and is approved by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).  The purpose of NEI is to foster and encourage the continued safe utilization and development of nuclear energy to meet the nation's energy, environmental and economic goals and to support the nuclear energy industry by providing encouragement to educational institutions to promote education in nuclear energy disciplines.

Students completing specific requirements of the agreement will receive a National Academy for Nuclear Training Certificate. The certificate states that the student has successfully completed nuclear fundamental training objectives and allows certified students to bypass fundamental training once employed in a nuclear facility. Visit the NEI Uniform Curriculum Program link for more information.

An agreement between Exelon and Bismarck State College will allow Nuclear Power Technology students an opportunity to substitute their education for training.

Educational options to fit your needs

There are many options within the Nuclear Power Technology program at BSC.
  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nuclear Power Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nuclear Power Technology and an NUCP certificate
  • Program Certificate in Nuclear Power Technology
  • Nuclear Power Technology Courses (college courses for professional development)
Students pursuing an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree will choose one of two tracks towards degree completion: Non-Licensed Operator or Instrumentation & Control.  The Instrumentation & Control track may only be pursued by students currently employed in the nuclear power industry.  An individual who has previously completed the NUPT degree through Bismarck State College may complete the I&C track for training purposes, but will not be awarded an additional degree.

Courses for this program begin every 8 weeks on a rotating schedule.  This program has minimum entrance requirements. Details can be found here.

Prospective students should be prepared for the physical demands of the work of entry-level technician positions when considering this program.

Typical industry entry-level position requirements include passing a physical exam, which may include: lifting 50+ pounds, climbing ladders, working in confined spaces, heights, etc. When applying for jobs applicants may also be required to pass a drug screen and an eye exam, including the ability to distinguish between colors accurately.

NUPT Program Flyer

Additional Program Costs

Please see the Tuition & Fees page for information on credit hour tuition and mandatory fees.

NUPT textbook costs for students enrolled in the I&C Track of the program are estimated at $190 for the third semester and $235 for the fourth semester.

For more information contact:
701-224-5651 • 800-852-5685