Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology (Part-time studies)

School of Health Sciences Diploma

Program Overview

If you’re interested in a career in health care – one that lets you work in rural communities and offers excellent earning potential – Saskatchewan Polytechnic’S Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program will interest you.

Combined laboratory and X-ray technologists (CLXTs) are unique. You’re trained in medical laboratory, X-ray procedures and electrocardiography, so you need to be comfortable working with medical imaging and laboratory equipment. But you also need to be comfortable working with people because positioning and touching patients, as well as talking with them, is an important part of your job.

The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills you need to perform laboratory tests, general radiography and electrocardiograms. Your studies will focus on:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis
  • electrocardiography
  • image acquisition
  • laboratory procedures and quality management
  • lab result correlation
  • patient care
  • radiographic procedures

Being a CLXT demands high standards and good empathy, so Saskatchewan Polytechnic also helps build professional skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and communication. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to work as a CLXT and apply for membership in the Saskatchewan Association of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technicians (SACLXT).

Extensive Hands-On Learning

Saskatchewan Polytechnic uses hands-on learning to help you build your knowledge and skills. An in-depth clinical simulation prepares you for three real-world practicums. The first gives you experience in operating radiographic equipment to obtain diagnostic images, the second in performing electrocardiographs and the third in conducting routine laboratory procedures. By the time you graduate, you’ll have 29 weeks of supervised clinical experience.

Note that your clinical experiences can take place anywhere in the province.

Diploma to Degree

Use your Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology diploma to ladder into a degree program at the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada or Athabasca University (Alberta).  A degree is usually required if you are interested in moving into management or teaching positions.

Learning Environment

Each year, 20 students are accepted to this program. Students will experience a mix of traditional lectures, web-assisted learning, practical labs and clinical practicums that will increase in length as the program progresses.

For this program, there is a heavy workload with 15 - 20 hours/week of homework. School hours begin at 8:00 a.m. until .4:00 p.m, Monday - Friday except during clinical practicums where hours will coincide with health care hours. Clinical practicum hours can start as early as 7:00 a.m.

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Courses currently offered through part-time studies

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (APHY-191CE)
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY-282CE)
Professional Practices 1 (ETHC-185CE)
Immunology (IMMU-183CE)
Infection Control and Safety (INFC-180CE)
Medical Terminology (MTER-180CE)

Year 2 - Semester 1

Best Practices in Point of Care Testing (QC-193CE)