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Laboratory and X-Ray Technology Combined

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Advanced Credit

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  • 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

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists (CLXTs) perform diagnostic imaging and medical laboratory procedures to aid in the diagnosis and care of patients in rural communities. CLXTs work with all people in the community from pediatrics to geriatrics, for routine testing, advanced care and work in the lab and X-Ray (x-ray) departments of hospitals, care centres or clinics.

The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology diploma program will give you the opportunity to learn components of both medical laboratory and X-ray disciplines and prepare you for rural community hospitals or healthcare centres.

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You could work in radiology departments of rural hospitals, health-care clinics and private labs

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

As a Combined Lab and X-Ray student, you’ll be able to evaluate laboratory results for accuracy and validity, produce radiographic images, perform electrocardiographic procedures, and utilize information systems in the medical laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments.


The CLXT program teaches students patient care, safe work practices, and total quality management. The program runs 2 years, which includes 38 weeks at NAIT and a 40 week clinical term in a rural facility.


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.


By the end of the program, you’ll have what you need to start your career in a rural laboratory and x-ray department.


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.

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 CLXT program graduates are eligible to challenge the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists (ACCLXT) 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 (ACCLXT) to obtain a license to practice.​

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Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: clxt@nait.ca
Tel: 780.378.6142
Fax: 780.471.8386

 



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Term 1

CLXT1101Safe Practices and Patient Management
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: CLXT1121, RADI1160, RADI1130, HEMA1112.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students learn standards and applications of infection control, radiation and laboratory safety. Major patient care topics include patient transfer techniques, medical accessory equipment, medical emergencies and medications utilized in the Diagnostic Imaging department.

CLXT1121Analytical Principles and Quality Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. Co-Requisites: MELT1107.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the methodology commonly used for quantitative analysis of clinical specimens. Principles and applications of light measurement systems, electrochemical techniques, and immunoassay methods will be discussed. Laboratory sessions will provide practice with pipetting techniques and introduce the student to the maintenance and operation of clinical laboratory instrumentation. Quality management concepts will be introduced and emphasized as a means of ensuring the validity of test results.

HEMA1112Normal Hematology and Coagulation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. Co-requisites: MELT1107, CLXT1121.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the production and function of the normal blood cells (erythrocytes, leukocytes and thrombocytes). The laboratory sessions will emphasize clinical methods, techniques and provide practice with both analyzers and microscopic evaluation of specimens. Major topics will include benign blood conditions and routine tests for coagulation.

RADI1130Image Acquisition and Quality Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Radiological Technology Review program or the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. Co-requisite: CLXT1101 or MRAD1120.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students learn the principles, operation, and quality control testing of x-ray generating equipment and image acquisition modalities. Laboratory sessions will provide students experience with using radiographic imaging systems and quality control test tools.

RADI1160Radiographic Imaging of the Appendicular Skeleton
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Laboratory and X-Ray Technology Combined program. Co-requisite: RADI1130.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn radiographic positioning techniques of the appendicular skeleton in a laboratory setting. Radiographic images will be produced using anthropomorphic phantoms. Students will critique radiographic images which include identifying soft tissues, skeletal structures and recognizing pathologies associated with the long bones and joints.

Term 2

CLXT1213Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the CLX program. Prerequisite: MELT1107 & CLXT1121. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the clinical significance and methods of analysis for various chemical constituents in biological specimens. Major topics will include carbohydrate metabolism, hepatic function, renal function, fluid and electrolyte metabolism, and acid-base homeostasis. Laboratory sessions will provide practice with manual techniques and operation of automated analyzers. Theoretical concepts and laboratory techniques required for the physical, chemical and microscopic evaluation of urine are also studied.

CLXT1216Phlebotomy, Blood Product Management and Electrocardiography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the CLX program. Prerequisite: MELT1107. A completion grade of C- in MELT1107 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will perform various blood collections and electrocardiograms for diagnostic purposes. Procedures and troubleshooting techniques will be practiced to ensure a quality blood sample or tracing is obtained while adapting to special circumstances and patient conditions. Students will be able to recognize various cardiac arrhythmias and assess the electrocardiogram for technical accuracy. In addition, principles and procedures for the selection, receiving and issuing of blood products for transfusion purposes will be discussed.

CLXT1230Fluoroscopic Image Acquisition, Procedures and Quality Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the CLX program. Prerequisite: RADI1130. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the principles and operation of fluoroscopic imaging systems and procedures. Students participate in associated quality control testing. Students also study the fundamental elements of a quality management program applied within Diagnostic Imaging departments.

CLXT1260Radiographic Imaging of the Skull and Vertebral Column
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the CLX program. Prerequisite: RADI1160, RADI1130. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn radiographic positioning techniques of the skull and vertebral column in a laboratory setting. Radiographic images will be produced using anthropomorphic phantoms. Students will critique radiographic images which includes identifying soft tissues, skeletal structures and recognizing pathologies associated with the skull and vertebral column.

HEMA1212Abnormal Hematology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the CLX program. Prerequisites: HEMA1112. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the pathophysiology of blood diseases involving leukocytes and erythrocytes and how those results play a role in diagnosis and treatment. Laboratory sessions will focus on cellular morphological differences and other laboratory data to differentiate blood diseases.

Term 3

CLIC1313Clinical Chemistry II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. Prerequisites: CLXT1213. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn the clinical significance and methods of analysis for biochemical tests related to proteins and enzymes, lipid metabolism, toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring, and endocrine function. Laboratory sessions will provide practice with the operation of automated analyzers.

CLXT1322Professional Practice and Clinical Simulation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the CLX program. Prerequisites: CLXT1213, CLXT1230, HEMA1212, CLXT1260, CLXT1216. Co-requisites: CLIC1313, CLXT1360. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the importance of maintaining professional conduct and adhering to ethical standards in a healthcare setting. Simulated scenarios allow students to practice the use of effective communication, critical thinking and teamwork skills. Emphasis will be placed on efficiency, accuracy and precision while performing laboratory and x-ray procedures and correlating test results.

CLXT1360Adaptive Radiography and Imaging of the Chest and Abdomen
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. Prerequisite: CLXT1260. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn radiographic positioning techniques for the chest, abdomen and digestive system. The laboratory sessions will provide practice with adaptive radiographic procedures based on various patient conditions. Students will critique radiographic images which includes identifying soft tissues, skeletal structures and recognizing pathologies.

Term 4

CLXT2490Clinical Training
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. Prerequisites: CLXT1322, CLXT1360, CLIC1313. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students participate in work-integrated learning at a rural healthcare facility under the direct and indirect supervision of a registered technologist and Combined Laboratory and X-ray (CLXT) program faculty. Students gain experience by applying theoretical and practical concepts learned in Level 1 of the program.

Term 5

CLXT2590Clinical Training II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. Prerequisite: CLXT2490.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students continue to participate in work-integrated learning at a rural healthcare facility. This experience further develops the student's critical thinking, troubleshooting and multi-tasking skills. This allows the student to reach a level of competency necessary for entry into the Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technology (CLXT) profession.

IPHE1201Interprofessional Healthcare Education
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the DMS, ACP, CLX, MRD, MLT, MRT, or RET program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students from different health care professions will learn with, from and about one another to improve patient care. Role clarity, communication, and patient-centered care will be explored, along with conflict, team work and patient safety from an interprofessional perspective. Students will use these skills to practice effectively within a diverse interprofessional team.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $925
Tuition Cap: $8,653

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,200
Level 1 Term 2: $575
Level 2 Term 1: $200
Level 2 Term 2: $200


Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: CL
International Applicants: CL

Entrance Requirements

  • 60% in each of :

    • English 30-1 or 30-2
    • Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30
    • Chemistry 30
    • Biology 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Online Interview:

    • The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
    • The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
    • Please refer to the Online Interview handout for more information.
  • 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. 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. Applicants must submit proof of course completion with a minimum passing grade of 60% by July 31st.


Competitive Entrance Requirements:

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 the Student Selection Criteria and Process for more information.

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

Immunization Requirements: 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.

Computer Literacy: 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.

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Open Studies

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International Students

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Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 4

Criteria:
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.

Katie & John Lashuk Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
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.

Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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
  • Award Amount: $250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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 $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Criteria:
Available to second 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 year marks.

Eileen Turgeon Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology, 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.

TH Bursary I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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 $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

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