About the Program
The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program is unique in that students are trained in both medical laboratory and X-ray disciplines, so that they are able to serve in rural community hospitals or health care centres. On completion of their training, graduates are able to perform medical laboratory procedures, diagnostic radiographic procedures and electrocardiograms. Students also receive training on computers and information systems in the medical laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments.
The School of Health and Life Sciences
NAIT's School of Health and Life Sciences has a rich tradition of educating allied health care professionals. Our graduates play a vital role in communities, filling a wide range of essential clinical and support roles in facilities across Alberta and beyond. Chances are, you or someone you know will have been cared for by a NAIT graduate.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1200
Semester 2: $575
Semester 3: $200
Semester 4: $200
Semester 5: $Spring:TBA
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
60% in each of
- English 30-1 or 30-2
- Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30
- Chemistry 30
- Biology 30
- The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for shortlisted applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
- The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
Applicants offered an interview in the first round will not be offered a second interview if the first is incomplete, unsuccessful, low scoring, or if they decline the opportunity. An applicant cancelled based on the outcome of this interview, or for choosing not to complete it, should not reapply for the same intake as a second interview offer will not be extended.
5 or more credits of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ANPH100 Anatomy and Physiology. Find more acceptable courses here. Applicants must submit proof of course completion with a minimum passing grade of 60% by July 31st.
1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a minimum final grade of 60%, or completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ITMS100- Medical Terminology. Find more acceptable courses here. Applicants must submit proof of course completion with a minimum passing grade of 60% by July 31st.
Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their academic average for the required high school courses. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 80%.
Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores. Applicants who are offered conditional acceptance need to maintain the academic average presented in phase 1 in order to secure final acceptance. Please refer to Student Selection Processes for more information
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
The following activities are encouraged to ensure an adequate understanding of the expectations and tasks of the Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technology program and profession:
- Review of program website
- Open House information sessions
- Clinical site visit
- Program Preview
- Health Program Interview Workshop
Tuesday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Once accepted into the program, students must ensure their immunizations are current to the Alberta Health Services Immunization Standards. The program will contact you with specific instructions for completing the immunization requirements. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
Police Information Check
Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS)
Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification prior to commencing clinical training. BLS certification must remain current throughout clinical training therefore it is recommended that certification be obtained just prior to clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100 - Basic Life Support.
Applicants must have strong computer skills including: word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and e-mail. Course material may be delivered using an online learning platform.
Additional Requirements and Information
Any prospective students with back, arm, shoulder, wrist or neck problems or significant health challenges should consider their options carefully before applying and are advised to consult with the program.
The clinical experience for lab encompasses theory and the practical components of specimen collection and management, hematology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis and electrocardiography. X-ray clinical encompasses theory and the practical components of patient care in radiology, radiobiology, image acquisition and quality management, radiographic techniques, radiographic anatomy and image critique, radiographic pathology.
The clinical training includes a comprehensive review of the student's theoretical knowledge through quizzes, worksheets, case studies and exams.
- Length: 40 weeks - 20 weeks in lab setting, 20 weeks in X-ray setting
- Salary: none
- Dates: August to May
- Relocation: Relocation is required - clinical sites are located in rural hospitals.
NAIT reserves the right of student placement to any of the designated rural training hospitals affiliated with the program. Urban hospitals are not designated as training hospitals in this program.
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Beckman Coulter Award - CLX - Spring||250.00||1|
Available to second year students enrolled in the Combined Laboratory & X-Ray Technology program who have successfully completed the "Rural Training Hospital" phase of the program. The award is based on academic achievement and a high level of technical excellence in the medical laboratory discipline during the clinical phase. As well as, the ability to deal harmoniously with patients, a team of co-workers, and other healthcare personnel. Students must also demonstrate a genuine interest and a commitment to the field of Combined Laboratory & X-Ray.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Eileen Turgeon Bursary||2000.00||1|
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology, Cytotechnology, Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic, Magnetic Resonance, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|International Health and Life Sciences Scholarship||2500.00||1|
Available to International students enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of a credit program in the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the previous semester.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.