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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
Combined laboratory and X-ray technologists can work in either rural or urban communities, but you’ll find your skills most ”in demand” in rural areas. In rural hospitals and health centres, you’ll use the full range of your skills and play an integral role on health care teams.
International applicants are not currently considered for admission.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist||Medical Laboratory Technologists (3211)||$60,000 - $83,200|
When taking x-rays, as a CLXT professional and student you are required to:
When doing laboratory testing, as a CLXT professional and student you are required to:
When performing ECGs, as a CLXT professional and student you are required to:
Interests describe what people enjoy doing often in the course of a day. Individuals in this program often enjoy:
Values describe what the potential students have a high regard for, what gives meaning to their work and their lives, and what things they will work hard for:
Aptitudes or strengths are natural abilities, talents and general suitability for learning in a particular field. An example is a musical aptitude/talent where people have a natural ability; therefore, it is easier for them to develop skills in this area. Another example is mechanical ability. People with this natural talent are able to learn mechanical skills more easily than others who lack the suitability.
A skill is learned and developed. It is the learned capacity to do something that has been practiced and worked on until it can be done easily. It is expected that individuals entering the program will have developed a reasonable level of skill in the following areas in order to successfully complete the program:
The purpose of this section is to give you an understanding of this career field and to help you make more informed career decisions
There are 9 skill categories with examples of how workers use them on the job. The categories are: Reading, Using Documents, Writing, Math, Oral Communication, Thinking Skills, Working with Others, Computer Use and Continuous Learning. This section is based on the more detailed Essential Skills developed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Using documents refers to tasks that involve a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, icons and other visual characteristics appear. It may involve reading, writing and/or creating.
Problem solving (1 of 5 thinking skills)
Decision making (2 of 5 thinking skills)
This refers to making a choice among options. Decision making occurs during problem solving but not all decision making is part of problem solving. Therefore, it is presented as a separate thinking skill. For example, buyers for retail outlets regularly make decisions about which suppliers to buy from and they select among the options for particular types of merchandise. This is not problem solving.
Job task planning and organizing (3 of 5 thinking skills)
Significant use of memory (4 of 5 thinking skills)
Finding information (5 of 5 thinking skills)
May work mainly alone or as part of a team (depending on the department size and shift)
Year 1 - 40 weeks (effective July 2014); Year 2 - 40 weeks (effective July 2015)
NOTE: Effective for the 2016 intake, the First Qualified/First Admitted admission method applies to this program.
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics and physics requirements also accepted:
Clinical Practical Experiences
Clinical practicum experiences are assigned by the Medical Diagnostics Committee on Practicum Placements (COPP). There are limited clinical placements at each location. Enrolment in the program will require acceptance of the clinical placement as assigned and this placement will be outside of Saskatoon.
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $10,100
Year 2 - $9,200
Additional programs costs that students are responsible for include:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.