Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology

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.

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.

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program is a two and a half year advanced 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).

Saskatchewan Polytechnic uses hands-on learning to help you build your knowledge and skills. You will participate in clinical practicum experiences in hospitals, clinics and laboratories around the province, including placements in different settings to gain specific skills and technical competence. 
Advanced Diploma graduates are eligible to take the Bachelor of Applied Management degree right here at Saskatchewan Polytechnic with only two years of additional study. Remote classes and part-time options are available.  

Use your Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology advanced diploma to ladder into a degree program at Athabasca University (Alberta).  A degree is usually required if you are interested in moving into management or teaching positions.
Each year, 30 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.
  • There is a heavy workload with 20 - 30 hours/week of homework. Classes are Monday - Friday with variable hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Clinical practicum hours will coincide with health care hours and may include early morning start times (5 or 6 a.m.), evening, night, and weekend shifts.
Lectures and practical labs:
  • Saskatoon
Clinical practicum experiences:
  • Clinical practicum placement may occur at any approved site in Saskatchewan.
  • Note: all students require a rotation at a secondary site to meet program requirements
  • 24 weeks at a location outside of Saskatoon or Regina
    • 8 weeks in second year and 16 weeks in third year at approved sites within Saskatchewan.
    • Alternate sites will be required to meet program requirements.
  • Clinical practicum experiences are assigned by the Medical Diagnostics Committee on Practicum Placements (COPP). Students will have an opportunity to rank their preferred clinical sites. However, due to limited clinical placements in each location there is no guarantee that students will receive a clinical site assignment from their list of preferred sites. Students must be prepared to attend their assigned placement at any clinical site in the province.
Travel to clinical practice education:
  • Students are responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodations and parking costs during their studies and clinical experience.
  • Clinical experiences may require travel and/or accommodations at more than one clinical location to meet all program requirements.
  • Not all clinical facilities are easily accessible by public transportation; students assigned to these sites must have access to personal transportation.
Internet requirements
  • Students will continue with their didactic studies through online learning while on their clinical experience, and stable Internet access is required.
  • Enrolment in the program will require acceptance of a clinical placement anywhere within Saskatchewan. Clinical placements are determined during the program closer to the dates for practicum experiences.

Refer to our frequently asked questions to learn more about the program and career as a combined laboratory and x-ray technologist.

Career and salary information

Your career

Combined laboratory and X-ray technologists are professionals designed to fill the needs in rural hospitals and smaller communities (typically less than 10,000 people). Smaller rural communities will allow graduates to use all of their training and skills. Some CLXT graduates do find work in private urban clinics but will often use less of their overall training. In rural hospitals and health centres, you’ll use the full range of your skills and play an integral role on health care teams.

Potential careers

Sample job title NOC classification
Combined laboratory & X-ray technologist (CLXT) Medical laboratory technologists (32120)*

* Unlike most jobs in this category, CLXT duties include general hematology and biochemistry, general x-ray and ECG.


Admission requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*, Physical Science 20*, Chemistry 30 and Biology 30
  • English Language Requirement (see Program-Specific ELP Requirements section)

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics and physics requirements also accepted:

  • Minimum of 70% in Math B30
  • Minimum of 70% in Physics 20


  • Physics 30 will not be substituted for Physical Science 20 or Physics 20.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search upon admission into the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide current immunization records and meet Saskatchewan Polytechnic immunization requirements prior to entry into clinical practicum.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing prior to the start of clinical practicums as directed by the program. N95 respirator mask testing is valid for two (2) years from the date of completion. Retesting may be required during your studies. The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility. Register for WHMIS.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) certification or Safe Moving and Repositioning Techniques (SMART®) certification upon admission to the program. TLR® or SMART® certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of completion. Recertification may be required during your studies. The cost of TLR® or SMART® certification is your responsibility. Register for TLR.

Admission method


The competitive admissions process is used for programs where the number of qualified applicants regularly exceeds the number of spaces available. In competitive programs, higher admission requirements and/or additional selection criteria may be required. The application period for this program is October 1 to February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), March 1.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Selection criteria

The competitive score will be used to determine successful applications, based on highest admission


  • High School Graduates: The competitive score is calculated from final marks in high school courses required for admission to the program. The high school competitive score will be compared to the weighted average of a
    minimum of 15 passed post-secondary credit units to a maximum of 30 of the most recent credit units from recognized post-secondary institutions - and the highest score will be considered for the applicant's final competitive score. Such applicants must be in good academic standing with the institution.
    Applicants are then ranked in the order of the highest score. 
  • Current High School Students: The competitive score is calculated from final marks provided by March 1. Conditional admission may be granted on this basis. Current high school students must order transcripts to be
    sent directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the end of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 of the grade 12 year. The final grade 12 mark will be used when the course is completed. The final grade 11 mark will be used only in the absence of the grade 12 mark in the same subject.

Tuition and fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

2023-24 academic year 

Year 1 - $12,610
Year 2  - $7,175
Year 3 - $8,010 

Additional programs costs that students are responsible for include:

  • CPR C/AED (Health Care Provider) – recognized by the program for two years from date of certification. If expires during programming student must recertify.
    • approx. $130 to $160
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
    • approx. $75
  • Immunizations
    • no cost if immunizations are completed with Sask Polytech health nurse.
    • completed outside of Saskatchewan Polytechnic range from $90 to $120 for Hepatitis B series
  • Mask FIT Testing
    • N95 - approx. $75 to $125
    • Mask Fit testing is recommended to be updated annually, however, it is mandatory to be updated every two years. If expiry date occurs during programming student must re-submit proof of testing to the program. Cost of re-testing is the student's responsibility.
  • Transfer, Lift, Reposition (TLR)
    • approx. $100 to $185
  • WHMIS 2015 - Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification
    • Approx. $35
  • Students will be required to purchase or routinely have access to a laptop or iPad for use at the start of their program. Students will be expected to bring it with them on registration day. Associated expenses are the students' responsibility.
    • Windows 11 or MacBook OS13 to o13+; iOS 11.0+ (iPad only) minimum 4 GB of Ram and Webcam required.
    • Note: Android and Chromebook are not compatible with the required systems. 
  • Students will be required to purchase an iPad or tablet size device for use during their clinical practicum experience and have stable Internet access. Associated expenses are the students' responsibility. 
    • Most recent iOS version (apple), version 5.0 or greater (android), 8 GB minimum, stylus.
    • One of the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Goggle Chrome or Safari (internet connection).
  • Students must routinely have access to a laptop or desktop computer for coursework. 
  • Students are responsible for all travel/parking/accommodation costs associated with their clinical experience.


Get credit for what you know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

Due to professional certification, licensing and/or regulation, some courses cannot be assessed through PLAR.

See the Candidate Guide below for this program’s PLAR offerings.

Transfer credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Institution Agreement details
Athabasca University Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer of 60 credit units into the Bachelor of Science Post Diploma program or 30 credit units toward BSc (PD) with Majors in Applied Mathematics, Computing Information Systems and/or Human Science.
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Graduates of this program may be eligible for direct admission into the two-year Bachelor of Technology program at NAIT.
Thompson Rivers University Graduates of this program may be granted a maximum of 69 transfer credits into the Bachelor of Health Science.

Student awards

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. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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