School of Health and Life Sciences

Laboratory and X-Ray Technology Combined

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The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program is unique in that students are trained in both the medical laboratory and x-ray disciplines, practicing predominantly in rural communities. On completion of their training, graduates are able to perform general medical laboratory procedures, general diagnostic radiographic procedures, and electrocardiograms. Students also receive training on information systems and technology in the medical laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant training

Students attend classes full-time at NAIT for a total of 2 years where they will learn and practice the skills required to be a registered CLXT.

Year 1 of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program begins every September and consists of 38 weeks of lectures and hands-on labs that align with current industry standards. This includes two 15-week semesters, and one 8-week intersession located at the NAIT Main Campus.

Upon completion of year 1, the student progresses to an affiliated rural clinical site to complete 40 weeks of Work Integrated Learning (WIL). Students will train alongside technologists where they will apply the knowledge learned in year one and continue to develop their critical thinking and professionalism skills while providing high quality patient care. Scheduled shifts during clinical training will include evenings, nights and weekend days.

Individuals will work alone or alongside physicians, other technologists, nurses and non-medical personnel. The ability to work independently and/or closely with others are important requirements for an effective Combined Lab and X-Ray technologist.

Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

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Classroom and study hours

Students can expect to spend, on average:

  • 12 hours per week attending labs on campus over the course of a semester.
  • 11 hours per week attending synchronous class sessions online (2 hours per course)
  • 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).
  • As part of the NAIT CLXT Program, all students are required to complete a clinical training component at a rural hospital and may be placed at a site in Alberta, the Yukon or the interior of BC. A complete list of available clinical sites will be provided to students at the beginning of the program and students will submit their top three choices to program staff for consideration. The CLXT program will do its best to place students at their first choice; however, this may not be feasible.

Program goals

  • Provide quality client care by adhering to safety protocols, established regulations, and ethical guidelines
  • Participate as a member of an effective healthcare team using professional skills including documentation, communication and critical thinking
  • Procure specimens and electrocardiograms in accordance with established laboratory protocols
  • Analyze laboratory specimens and validate data integrity
  • Operate radiological imaging acquisition systems and modalities while adhering to the principles of diagnostic imaging protocols and quality management
  • Acquire and evaluate radiological images

Alumni Profile: Matthew Mulick

No two shifts are alike for Matthew Mulick (Combined Lab and X-Ray 2010), and that's what makes his work at the Drayton Valley Hospital constantly challenging and rewarding.

A new frontier in hands-on health-care training

CAE Healthcare and NAIT have entered a simulation research partnership to improve health-care education and patient safety, including support for the polytechnic's simulation research initiatives.

Keeping it Real

From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Upon graduation, you're likely to find work in rural hospitals but may also find employment in healthcare centres and some clinics.

Successful Combined Lab and X-Ray program graduates are eligible to challenge the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists entry-to-practice certification examination to become a certified technologist.

In order to practice as a Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist in the province of Alberta, technologists are required to be registered with the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists to obtain a license to practice. ​

Please refer to the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists website to learn more about their requirements for licensing/mandatory registration and declaration of conduct, which may include disclosure of information related to criminal convictions and professional misconduct or incompetence as well as any personal factors that could impact the ability to practice safely

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Continuing your studies

Continuing Education is mandatory for this profession. Competence is maintained by taking a minimum number of continuing education credits every year.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to continue your studies at NAIT including:

Career Oppurtunities

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Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions.

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating nait.ca and MyNAITPortal

Contact Student Service Centre

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal



The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780.471.7664 or legal@nait.ca.

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