What to Expect
The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program trains graduates to serve in rural community hospitals or health care centres (15-60 beds). It is a 2 year program which includes a 40 week clinical term.
- Year 1: 38 weeks at NAIT
- Year 2: 40 week practicum in a designated rural training hospital
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average:
- 27 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
- 23 hours per week studying and completing class assignments outside of scheduled class time
Medical labs are fully equipped with glassware, reagents, pipettes, balances, centrifuges, thermal equipment, microscopes, automated analyzers, a laboratory information system, computers and electrocardiographs. Learn more about our diagnostic laboratories.
X-ray lab rooms are fully equipped with X-ray units and accessories. Learn more about our diagnostic imaging labs.
Is This Program For You?
A genuine interest in people and their well-being is essential since the technologist works with people in various states of illness or injury. Considerate, tolerant and courteous patient care is as important as technical proficiency. Graduates must also be prepared to work in rural communities, outside of major urban centres.
Successful graduates possess the ability to:
- work closely with others and demonstrate of a sense of responsibility
- work well under fast paced conditions with accuracy and good organizational skills
- solve problems and use critical thinking, with an appreciation for varied and challenging tasks
Learn more about what it's like to be a student in the School of Health and Life Sciences, and 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.
- Clubs – a NAIT education extends well beyond the classroom. Find out how the Dental Assisting Club is making a real difference in our community.
- Awards and recognition – the quality of our programs and instruction shows! Our students and graduates excel at all levels.
- 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.
- Photo galleries – get a view of our classrooms, facilities, equipment and laboratories.
Skills you will acquire
Students will develop skills in:
- general medical laboratory procedures
- diagnostic radiography
- clerical and administrative practices
- quality management
- interpersonal and life skills