Roberta Sharp, Radiological Technology

A day in the life

Roberta Sharp, Radiological Technology


This program is what everyone wants in a university education. It consistently allows students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world.

Collaborative education

There’s one thing in particular that Roberta Sharp really enjoys about teaching Radiological Technology in Dal’s School of Health Sciences: the interaction she has with her students.

“I love working with young people as they usually have a great perspective on life and on the future,” she says. “They’re optimistic and forward thinking. They’re very intelligent and ambitious, and continually impress me at how fast they learn. I never feel like I’m teaching the students—it’s more like showing them the path.”

The tight-knit, relaxed atmosphere is thanks to the small size of the school. Each year only 13 students are accepted into the Radiological Technology program. Roberta says it allows for a lot of one-on-one instruction with the students in both the classroom and clinical settings.

“They have opportunities to experience all kinds of imaging procedures, see pathologies demonstrated for the first time, work with cutting-edge technology, and be mentored by many different professionals,” she says.

A native of Sussex, N.B., Roberta is also a Dal grad with a BSc in Biology and MA in Education. She worked for two years as a radiological technologist in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia before making the switch to teaching. She joined the Victoria General Hospital School in 1994 before Dal and the QEII Health Sciences Centre took over the program and created the School of Health Sciences in 1999.

“I wanted a career that was science based and involved a recognized credential,” she says. “But I always thought I’d be a teacher, so teaching in this field was a great fit for me.”

Roberta says that Dal has been a good fit for the Radiological Technology program as well. “It draws on other faculties such as Science, Law, and Health Administration to provide expertise in the broad umbrella of health education,” she says. “And our students get the benefit of a university education and the university life experience.”

Add to that the excellent job prospects after graduation, and Roberta says the program is the perfect choice for the right person.

“This is a growing field due to the increased trend for diagnostic imaging,” she says. “It’s a great field for people who like action in their job and enjoy working with the public and with technology. Since students are introduced to the clinical environment within weeks of starting the program, they soon realize how much there is to learn and that it won’t be easy.”