Neurodiagnostic (EEG) Technology
Explore your interests in the workings of the brain and nervous system while training for a career in the in-demand field of neurodiagnostic technology.
The neurodiagnostic technology degree is offered partially online with clinicals in local health facilities through a partnership with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA).
About the Neurodiagnostic (EEG) Technology Degree
Neurodiagnostic technology is the recording of electrical activity in the brian and nervous system. Train for a satisfying career in this growing field with expert instruction and clinical experience.
After completing prerequisite courses and gaining admission to the MCCA’s EEG program, you will begin taking courses specific to EEG. In your first semester, you will get an introduction to the field of neurodiagnostics, becoming familiar with the testing procedures used, medical terminology, and common disorders as well as neuroanatomy, physiology, and the structures and functions of the nervous system. You’ll learn how to accurately measure and apply electrodes and prepare for clinical practice.
In subsequent semesters, you’ll build on that foundation to learn about electricity as it relates to EEGs and EEG instrumentation, including amplifier settings, calibration methods, waveform analysis, and polarity. You’ll explore EEG patterns in adults during wake and sleep cycles and become familiar with the patterns of newborns and children and how to perform procedures on specific age groups. Courses in seizure patterns and neurological disorders will train you to identify common diagnoses.
Beginning in your second semester of the program, you will be placed in clinical sites where you will gain experience working in a real EEG lab and applying the skills and principles you’re learning in your courses.
Throughout the program, you will have opportunities for direct contact with neurologist Dr. Mounzer Kassab, who is the head of the epilepsy division at the Department of Neurology at Michigan State University.
At the conclusion of the program, you may take the national registry board exams to attempt to become a Registered EEG Technician (R.EEG T).
How the Program Works
This program is offered in conjunction with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA)’s Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. After completing pre-requisite courses at SMC, you can apply to the EEG program through which you’ll complete online courses specific to EEG technology. After completing all courses successfully, you will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science in Neurodiagnostic Technology (EEG) from SMC and will be eligible to take the certification exam administered by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).
SMC courses may be offered during the day or in the evening. MCCA courses are fully online, with clinicals completed at local EEG centers.
SMC courses are charged at SMC’s tuition rate. MCCA courses are charged at MCCA rate. For 2020-2021, the cost per credit is $160 for residents (those living within a Michigan community college’s district), $230 for non-residents (Michigan residents not living within a community college’s district), and $300 for out-of-state students. Other fees may apply. All courses are eligible for financial aid.
Application Deadline: May 1
Program Begins: Fall Semester
- Apply for Admission to SMC
Fill out the free application here. Select Health Services AA on the application.
- Complete Pre-Requisite Courses
Refer to the EEG prospective student packet for more information about pre-requisite courses and admissions information.
- Contact the Program Advisor to Discuss Admission Requirements for the EEG Program
Email Kwajalein Dodd at email@example.com.
- Apply to the EEG Program
Complete the EEG and MRI application packet and return it to the nursing office.
You will be notified of your admission decision by mail or email.
- Apply for Admission to SMC
View the curriculum guide for the Associate in Applied Science in Neurodiagnostic Technology.
What Can I Do With a Neurodiagnostic (EEG) Technology Degree?
Neurodiagnostic technologists perform electroencephalograms (EEGs), which map electrical activity in the brain and are used by physicians to diagnose and treat neurological disorders.
EEG technicians may explain the EEG test procedure to patients, prepare patients for the procedure, conduct the EEG test, monitor the patient’s condition during the procedure, prepare reports, and communicate results to physicians. They may be employed in hospitals or other health care settings.
EEG technicians with an associate degree may have better opportunities for advancement into management positions.
Careers and Salaries Career Option Salary Neurodiagnostic Technologists: $42,630
2019 median pay. Source: O-Net Online
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