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Clinical practicums

Learning by doing

One of the benefits of studying in the School of Health Sciences is the opportunity to do hands-on clinical work.

After years 1, 2, and 3, every student spends 8 weeks during May and June working full time in a health-care centre. Some choose to stay in Halifax to complete the practicums, while others travel to locations elsewhere in the Maritimes and, in some cases, across the country.

Early exit option

Year 4 is different for each discipline. Diagnostic Cytology, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, and Respiratory Therapy each offer diplomas after three years, meaning the students can become accredited in their fields and start full-time work. But if they wish to complete fourth year and receive a degree, they are able to do it online while working.

Final-year clinical work

In Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiological Technology, fourth-year students spend the majority of their time working in a health-care centre rather than in the classroom. While they still have required courses to complete, they are generally done online.

This focus on clinical education means our students are prepared with hands-on experience to successfully enter careers in their respective health-care fields.