Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists

In Alberta, Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists (CLXTs) are important health care professionals, as medical diagnostics and laboratory tests are vital in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many illnesses and diseases. CLXTs are trained in a combination of disciplines, both in medical laboratory and X-ray technology, and their practice ranges from laboratory sampling to monitoring patients, which allows them to work in a variety of settings. CLXTs can conduct routine medical laboratory tests; collect, prepare and analyze patient samples; administer general radiography and electrocardiograms; take blood (venipunture and capillary puncture); provide general patient care; ensure that equipment and instruments are working properly; and maintain equipment.

CLXTs work primarily in rural community hospitals or health care centres as their combined skills and training help address the needs in smaller communities. They can also find employment in other sectors, such as urban medical laboratories, diagnostic imaging clinics, community health centres, public and private clinics, larger hospitals, and cardiology departments.

Working as a Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist in Alberta

In Alberta, most Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists are employed in small, often rural, hospitals that have 15 to 60 beds. In these rural settings, CLXTs get to work in some of the most beautiful landscapes across Alberta and have the opportunity to work as a health team member, working closely with other medical technologists, health record technicians, nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals.

Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists work in and are employed by:

In a medical laboratory capacity:

  • hospital laboratories
  • public health departments
  • pharmaceutical laboratories
  • veterinary research clinics
  • agricultural, industrial, government or private laboratories
  • post-secondary institutions
  • scientific supply companies.

In a radiological capacity:

  • community clinics
  • doctors' offices
  • government agencies
  • public health agencies
  • industrial medical service units.

Want to know what it's like to work as CLXTs in Alberta, from real people in real work situations? Watch the video on working as Medical Laboratory Technologist (job duties overlap with the duties of CLXTs):

Medical Laboratory Technologist video (high resolution)

Medical Laboratory Technologist video (low resolution)

If you would like more detailed information about working as a CLXT such as duties, working conditions, salaries, educational requirements and personal characteristics, you can read the various career profile for Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist on the Alberta Learning Information Service's occupational information website, OCCinfo.

You may also wish to review the occupational profiles in these other diagnostic imaging occupations:

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technologist
Radiological Technologist

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Registration and Licensing

Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technology is a regulated profession in Alberta.The Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists(ACCLXT) is the regulatory body for CLXTs in the province of Alberta.

Membership with the ACCLXT is mandatory in order to provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, and supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Only registered members may call themselves Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists/Technicians or CLXTs. Registered members of the College are responsible and accountable to the public for ensuring that their practice meets the legislative requirements and standards for the profession. Laboratory workers who are not registered (regulated) as Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists or medical laboratory technologists may only perform laboratory activities. For more information regarding membership and registration contact the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists (ACCLXT).

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Remuneration

In Alberta, Combined Laboratory and X-ray technologists work both in unionized and non-unionized environments. The private centres are non-unionized and the public centres (e.g. hospitals) are unionized. For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

According to the 2009 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists earned an average annual salary of $67,668 to $69,465; the minimum rate of compensation was $27.18 per hour, and the maximum rate was $40.50 per hour.

Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses unrelated to production and other forms of compensation.

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Searching for a Job

To look for a position as a Combined Laboratory and X-ray technologist in Alberta, you can search using the Working in Alberta tool, or search through HealthJobs, Alberta Health Services' career website.

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Continuing Education

In Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton offers a two year Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program. The program includes 36 weeks of clinical practicum at rural hospital sites throughout Alberta. This program trains students both in medical laboratory and x-ray disciplines. These skills allow graduates to perform general medical laboratory procedures, general diagnostic radiographic procedures and electrocardiograms.

Details regarding the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program at NAIT can be found on NAIT's CLXT information webpage.

For current information about the program, admission requirements, and mature student admission, please check the NAIT calendar or website.

For more information about programs in laboratory technology and x-ray technology, see the Medical Laboratory Technologist and Radiological Technologist occupational profiles at OCCinfo.

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More Resources

Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technicians (AACLXT) is a non-profit organization and is the regulatory body for Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists in the province of Alberta.

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Learning and Information Service (ALIS) is the provincial gateway to help Albertans plan and achieve educational and career success! It provides information for career planning, post-secondary education and training, educational funding, job search, labour market trends, and workplace issues.

  • EDinfo: Information about programs of study and distance learning programs offered by post-secondary educational institutions in Alberta.
  • OCCinfo: Information about occupations (types of work) in a format called occupational profiles. There are more than 500 occupational profiles in OCCinfo. Each profile presents information about an occupation under the following headings: Duties; Working Conditions; Personal Characteristics; Educational Requirements; Employment and Advancement; Salary and Other Sources of Information.

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) is a labour union representing more than 14,000 paramedical technical, professional, and general support employees in the public and private health care sectors of Alberta.

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