Open ended laboratory or open lab as it is known to the Radiological Technology students is an invaluable tool that the Radiological Technology and Medical Imaging Department provides to help the students become better radiographers. One way to ensure students use this resource is to make it a weekly requirement for some classes, other classes have no weekly requirements or may have a set total hour requirement per semester. We hope to study how utilizing this department resource impacts the students final grades over a multi-year study. Does making it mandatory help the students succeed in improving their skills and knowledge base or does it harm students if they are unable to complete requirements. In surveying the Radiological students, we will investigate whether other factors impact how both first and second year students use this resource, such as personal commitments outside school, academic requirements that make it difficult to use this resource and whether or not the times designated as open lab are sufficient for all the students in the department. Over the course of the school year, we will see how first year and second year students utilize open lab and how does it impact their grades and does it improve performance, communication skills and build skill confidence.