Emily Friars talks about third year (Radiological Technology)

A day in the life

Emily Friars talks about third year (Radiological Technology)


You can learn X-ray as a diploma program at other places, but getting a degree here at Dal gives you more opportunity to do different things in the future.

Hands-on learning

The third time’s the charm for Emily Friars of Cole Harbour, N.S. After a year of taking general science courses and another year enrolled in Health Promotion, Emily finally found her perfect fit in the School of Health Sciences with Radiological Technology.

“I’ve always been stronger in science than arts, so I decided to stick with what I like and what I was good at,” she says. “And I knew I wanted to come to Dal, because it has such a good reputation for science. But I realized I wanted to focus in on something really specific. Radiological Technology was the most suitable for me.”

Emily says the program's hands-on work makes a huge difference. During annual 8-week summer clinical practicums, and for a large part of third and fourth years, students spend much of their time in the hospital setting.

“You can take the information that you learned in class and actually apply it to real life,” she says. “It’s pretty intimidating the first time you go into the hospital, but it doesn’t take long to find your way around and you get to know all the people working there.”

Right now Emily plans to become a radiological technologist after she graduates—she likes the fact the profession has so many different facets and choices for specialization. And the program at Dal helps students zero in on specific areas of interest.

“In fourth year you get to choose which aspect of radiological technology you like the best and do a semester focused on that,” she says. “There are a bunch of options, like CT [computed tomography], health informatics, mammography, angiography, even quality control.”

Emily loves the small class sizes and the sense of a close-knit community they foster among her fellow classmates—especially in a city like Halifax.

“We don’t just see each other at school, we spend a lot of time together outside as well and some of us will end up working together after we graduate,” she says. “Halifax is such a great little city for that. It has a lot of what you’d want from a bigger city, it has a great nightlife, and it’s very student friendly.”