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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.
You could work in radiology departments of rural hospitals, health-care clinics and private labs
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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.
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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 Education is mandatory for this profession. Competence is maintained by taking a minimum number of continuing education credits every year.
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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
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.
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.
From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.
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