Kayli Mallien, a senior this year in the radiology program at Bellin College in Green Bay, came to the college in a roundabout way. A 2013 graduate of Southern Door High School in Brussels, she spent about a year and a half at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse before coming to Bellin College to be closer to her hometown of Sturgeon Bay.
“Ever since I was in middle school, I wanted to go into the healthcare field,” she said. “At first I thought about being a dentist and then for a long time a physical therapist. It wasn’t until after I left UWL that I realized I wanted to go into radiologic sciences.”
Kayli credits several factors in her decision to make the move to Bellin College. A predominant one was that there was no waiting list for admission. Other factors included graduating with a bachelor’s degree, “the amazing labs at the college allow students to practice anytime, and the outstanding job placement rate after college,” she said.
“I love the small campus we have at Bellin College. It makes the campus feel super comfortable. You get to know faculty and other students more than you would at a bigger institution,” she said.
Bellin College’s Health Sciences Resource Center, or HSRC, is a state-of-the-art simulation lab in the college’s lower level that houses everything from a birthing suite to health assessment labs. Students are allowed to utilize the labs anytime the campus is open — morning or night. The size of the campus also attracted Kayli. The campus is housed in one large building, enabling the students to be fully immersed in the experience.
“Transferring to Bellin College was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” she said.
Kayli has managed to stay involved in campus activities and clubs beyond just her coursework. She has participated in the Love Your Melon and the Ambassador Club along with being a member of Wisconsin Omega of Lambda Nu Medical Imaging Honor Society.
Kayli had a unique opportunity to share her love of the healthcare field with her sister this last summer which has led to a dream for the future.
“My sister is in her second year at another university in Wisconsin and wants to go to medical school after she graduates,” she said. “We both worked together this past summer at Door County Medical Center, so it would be pretty cool if that happens again down the road with our careers!”
Kayli will be graduating in May 2019, but so far hasn’t chosen a specific field she’d like to work in. She enjoys general X-ray but is also excited to learn more about magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) this year, so her chosen modality will have to wait.