James graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) in 2008. It is his second UCOL qualification: before starting the Degree programme he completed a Certificate in Health Science Technology, as a building block and “to assist with the physics aspect of the Degree programme and for refreshment in anatomy.”
He describes the MIT programme as “very challenging and intensive, but also very rewarding when put into practice in the clinical setting. The lecturers were all supportive, friendly and approachable. Best of all, they all had a great sense of humour and a strong passion for radiography. Some aspects are very challenging, but the lecturers were patient and found ways to make these concepts more understandable.” For James, highlights of his study included: “Meeting new people, having a fun class and lecturers, gaining a lot of clinical experience over the three years and knowing I can get a job not only in New Zealand but all over the world.”
James now works at Palmerston North Hospital in Radiology as a Diagnostic Radiographer and is planning work experience overseas in the near future. He also intends to do postgraduate study in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Within three years of leaving high school, Dalzell Hamilton has gained a degree and begun a dream career in radiology.
Born and bred in Palmerston North the 21 year old was delighted that UCOL offered the qualification she wanted. “I was able to study close to home to gain a qualification that was not only recognised nationally but internationally,” she says.
Dalzell’s placements during her first two years were at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. “In my final year I was fortunate to have my placement moved to Palmerston North.”
She now has a full-time job at Palmerston North Hospital in the radiology department and hopes to train further in CT and ultrasound. Ultimately she would like to take management courses and one day, manage a department.
“I enjoy the challenges that radiology offers,” says Dalzell. “With the constant developing technology you always have to improve your knowledge. I also like the strong team environment.”