Lynn Wallace

Lynn Wallace, a junior majoring in nuclear medicine, came to IUPUI in pursuit of becoming a radiation therapist. After completing the prerequisites and applying to the radiation therapy program, she was not admitted. Here’s how Lynn entered her degree-granting school.

When students choose to enter into a competitive major, parallel planning becomes a topic of conversation from the beginning of their advising sessions. After receiving her non-admittance notice, Lynn met with her advisor. She had watched several friends quit school altogether for not being admitted to their program and wasn’t interested in joining them. “They call it competitive for a reason,” Lynn joked.

At the time, Lynn was a first year seminar mentor and the professor of the class she mentored for had gone to school for nuclear medicine. After talking with the professor, she found that radiation therapy and nuclear medicine were closely related programs. The overlap exists in the job duties and responsibilities. Both have radiation safety and patient care along with computer processing and software understanding. Although the prerequisites for each program are not identical, they are very similarly, which is why many students choose to apply to both at the same time. 

A photo of Lynn Wallace.

It doesn’t hurt to keep your options open. I’m glad I did.

Lynn Wallace

Lynn met with her advisor and came up with a plan; she would reapply to radiation therapy but also apply to nuclear medicine. If neither of those worked out, Health Information Management was her backup. For a lot of students, it’s hard to be this flexible when it comes to choosing a major and receiving admittance to a program can be disheartening. But Lynn explained part of the enjoyment she finds in her program comes from stumbling upon it. She acknowledged that had she been fixated on only radiation therapy, she never would have known about nuclear medicine. “It doesn’t hurt to keep your options open. I’m glad I did.”

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