Hometown and band: Cote First Nation, SK
Program: Medical Radiologic Technology diploma
Nicole was at a point in life where she wanted more out of a career. The First Nations student started looking into her options and came across the Medical Radiologic Technology program at Sask Polytech. It’s a nationally accredited two-year diploma program that provides hands-on training in the use of radiographic equipment such as X-rays and CT scans.
Sask Polytech’s Medical Radiologic Technology program emphasizes practical learning. Most classes include a lab component, so students learn to apply the skills they learn in class. Students also get one week of clinical experience in their first year and three separate clinical practicums in their second year.
“I like the hands-on training aspect,” Nicole says. “Hands-on experience makes learning easier and more engaging. I also like the idea of being able to start a career in two years.”
Medical Radiologic Technology is a high demand program. That means Nicole had to pass several steps to get in. She met admission requirements, completed a career investigation and aced the in-person interview.
In her first year, Nicole struggled to balance her personal life with the academic workload. She took advantage of various student supports, but says one stands out: “The Indigenous Students’ Centre offered me a place where I always feel welcome and at home.”
Nicole’s advice for getting through a tough but rewarding program is simple. “Don’t give up. The struggles will all be worth it in the end. It’s worth the fight.”