What Michener students love most about their programs

Here’s a glimpse of a few Michener students talking about what they love most about our programs. Find out why patient interaction is one of Natasha’s favourite things about nuclear medicine, how being on the front-lines of cancer treatment motivates Kwee and how knowing her classmates inside and out is a unique advantage for Nicole. Find these students and more in the 2016 Michener Viewbook, now available online.


“I really enjoy the lab components of this program. Being able to carry over what we learn in theory to the lab really helps us see first-hand the outcomes of the tests that we perform, how they would be reported to health care professionals and how it would relate to the patient’s condition. For me, it has been one of the best decisions that I could have made. The instructors are patient, hardworking and dedicated to ensuring that students are equipped with the skill set they require to succeed in this field, and this expands beyond just the MLS program.”

Anum Momin

Medical Laboratory Science
Class of 2016

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“The Michener/Laurentian program provided me with a chance to leave home to experience university education and lifestyle. Besides the small class sizes and becoming well acquainted with my professors, the clinical experience is invaluable as you are able to see what your future will be like, while learning things outside a typical textbook!”

Katelyn Bignell

Radiation Therapy, Laurentian University Joint Program
Class of 2015


“I learned about the profession by reaching out to respiratory therapists in the community as well as patients who have been influenced by respiratory health. This information, coupled with my mother’s underlying respiratory health condition gave me the motivation I needed to take the next steps. My goal and sole focus was to become a registered respiratory therapist. Michener understands that students learn in many different ways. They complement lectures with simulation-enhanced education in the lab where hands-on practice takes place. The faculty creates a safe environment where you can feel comfortable making mistakes, trying out different techniques, and asking questions while in small groups.”

Lori Corturillo
Respiratory Therapy – Class of 2016

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“Nuclear medicine is brilliant, and I find the science behind it really amazing. I also like how nuclear medicine technologists interact with patients a lot. We are working with ionizing radiation that is tailored for each patient, so we use the amount that maximizes the quality of the images, and minimizes patient exposure. In essence, I found a field that combines my love of science with my love of working with people! Even better, the program is three years long. I love school, but I know that I want to get into the workplace as soon as possible – the fact that I will soon be graduating is amazing!”

Natasha Mulligan
Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging – Class of 2017

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“Having two fully functional linear accelerators that we students can use to gain actual hands-on experience almost daily is a privilege you can’t put a price on. And this is just for the in-school portion of the program. We also have clinical rotations that put us on the front lines of cancer treatment, seeing patients and helping the therapists in hospitals with their day-to-day treatments. Clinical simulations, patient actors for patient care simulation and knowledgeable faculty all make this an extremely worthwhile educational program.”

Kwee Petchsri
Radiation Therapy – Class of 2016

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“Radiological technology interested me the most for a number of reasons. In many ways, it is a daily study of human anatomy. After taking each X-ray, you have to assess the image on the screen to make sure you captured the correct anatomy in an accurate manner. There are a great number of abnormalities that can occur, and a number of those can be seen on X-ray images. Technologists are responsible for making sure those abnormalities can be seen and diagnosed by radiologists. There are also a variety of opportunities in different fields of specialization. Computed tomography, interventional radiography and mammography are just a few.”

Camille Vaughan
Radiological Technology – Class of 2016

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“The CVP program is very well designed to cater to the various learning styles of the students. We have the opportunity to try online seminars, in-class lectures, lab practical learning and simulations. We are lucky to have very experienced faculty members who maintain a strong network of clinical partnerships by recruiting practicing perfusionists to come lecture in their specialty fields and to teach and facilitate the lab practice time. Michener is a great place for anyone who wants a fantastic supportive adult learning environment.”

Brigitte Chappellaz
Cardiovascular Perfusion – Class of 2016

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“People rely on their feet to be mobile and active every day, often overlooking the immense pressure and strain that is placed upon them. What interested me about chiropody was its ability to improve one’s quality of life. The idea of having a patient come to you with immobilizing pain and discomfort and leaving with relatively no pain at all is something unique to the practice of chiropody. I strongly appreciate how the program integrates advanced academic learning with hands-on experience in both labs and clinic, which was something that I missed in my undergraduate degree.”

Kurtis Borland
Chiropody – Class of 2017

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“One of the things I enjoy most about the program is simulation-based learning. You get to look at real patient samples under the microscope right from day one. Everything you learn is very relevant and the experience you gain through simulation and the clinical placement makes you feel well prepared for entry into the profession. Diagnostic cytology is a self-directed program with all of your theory done online. This means that you are able to create your own study schedule and learn at your own pace. You then come in to Michener to apply what you have learned in labs.”

Aubrey Gribbon
Diagnostic Cytology – Class of 2015

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“My program is taught entirely by faculty members who have all worked at many different hospitals in either the molecular or cytogenetic labs. Not only does this make them knowledgeable about what they are teaching, but it also means that their connections at the various labs across Canada influence our curriculum, making it as relevant as possible. Our faculty members are constantly changing and improving our courses to ensure that we are being trained in the most up to date theories and techniques.”

Amanda Betts
Genetics Technology – Class of 2016

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“One of the unique aspects of our program’s curriculum is the practical scanning component. During labs, we develop our techniques and apply our theoretical knowledge of ultrasound, in scanning our classmates. I recall our professors telling our class on the first day of school, that we would know each other inside and out, literally – and we do. It’s a unique advantage to a small class size, because we’ve gotten to know each other inclusive to our gallbladders, livers, spleens and kidneys. A small class size also allows you to form relationships with professors, be known as an individual instead of a number, and obtain more catered assistance in developing skills and knowledge for our upcoming clinical rotations.”

Nicole Zajdel
Ultrasound – Class of 2016

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Find out what makes the academic and student life experience at Michener unique. The Viewbook is your resource for information on full-time programs, curriculum highlights, student life and admissions.

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