What to Expect
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 25 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 10 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
- 40 hours per week during clinical (hours may include early or late shifts and some weekends).
Students in NAIT's Diagnostic Imaging programs train on industry-standard equipment – in many cases using the same technology they will use in their clinicals. Simulation exercises further prepare our students for the field.
- See photos of our Diagnostics imaging programs
- Diagnostic Imaging video - Diagnostic Imaging students talk about the benefits of using NAIT's state-of-the-art equipment in the 4 diagnostic imaging programs.
Like all Alberta X-ray facilities, NAIT’s radiography (X-ray) labs are completely filmless. Medical Radiologic Technology and Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology students use digital technology to both take and view images. The program also has new digital mobile X-ray and fluoroscopy (moving X-ray) equipment. Students in these programs practice their positioning and X-ray skills using various simulators, including mannequins and phantoms (task trainers that can be X-rayed).
- Students are expected to wear navy blue scrubs while in the lab portion of the program at NAIT.
- Bracelets, facial piercing (including tongue), multiple or hoop earrings are not permitted in the clinical setting.
- A plain wedding band, a watch and/or one (1) pair of stud earrings should be the only jewelry that is worn in the clinical setting.
Simulation is a learning tool that recreates real-life experiences in a controlled, safe environment. Hands-on simulation exercises have been a key part of School of Health and Life Sciences programs for a number of years. Now, a renewed focus on simulation means current and future students will benefit from even more immersive environments in which to practise their skills.
Simulation exercises may be held in a classroom or lab, or in an actual work environment (called in situ simulation). They often include a debriefing session that allows students to ask questions and get immediate feedback on their performance.
- To foster an environment of clinical and academic excellence that prepares students to function as competent, active members of and leaders in the health care community.
- To graduate students who possess competencies and behaviours required for entry-level radiological technologists in accordance with the prevailing Competency Profiles of the ACMDTT and the CAMRT.
- To provide an educational experience that instills in the graduate a commitment for continued learning and an inquiring attitude.
- To develop the student’s communication, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
- To graduate students who demonstrate compassionate, safe, and quality health care to a diverse population.
- To provide a learning experience with which graduates will be highly satisfied.
- To graduate students with whom employers will be highly satisfied.
Is This Program For You?
Many of the radiographic examinations and procedures involve working alongside physicians, other technologists, nurses and non-medical personnel. The ability to work closely with others and a strong sense of responsibility are important requirements for an effective medical radiologic technologist.
A genuine interest in people and their well-being is essential, since the technologist is invariably involved with people in various states of illness or injury. Considerate, tolerant and courteous patient care is as important a quality as technical proficiency.
Radiological technologists need
- a sense of responsibility and a high degree of integrity
- the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in their duties
- patience and adaptability
- sensitivity to the needs of ill and injured people
- good communication skills and the ability to put people at ease
- an interest in science and technology
- a willingness to keep their skills and knowledge up to date
- good organizational skills
- good problem solving and critical thinking skills
- the ability to work well in a team environment
- the ability to reach a minimum height of 180 cm to move overhead equipment
As a student in the School of Health and Life Sciences, see how it prepares you for a successful career.
- Alumni profiles – hear what our grads have to say about their NAIT education and how it has contributed to their careers.
- Student profiles – why do students choose NAIT? What's it like to be a student in the Health and Life Sciences programs? Find out from the students themselves.
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- Video galleries – watch our students at work, see what they do and listen to why they've chosen the School of Health and Life Sciences.
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