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Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) is the medical diagnostic field devoted to the recording and study of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. Neurodiagnostic Technologists possess the knowledge, skills, and attributes to obtain interpretable recordings of patients' nervous system function. They work in collaboration with medical researchers, clinicians, physicians, and other health professionals. The Neurodiagnostic Technologist may be involved in one or more of the following diagnostic procedures: electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potential (EP), long term monitoring (LTM), polysomnography (PSG), nerve conduction studies (NCS), and intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM). Technologist take medical history's, document clinical condition of patients, understand and employ the optimal use of EEG, EP, PSG, and NCS equipment, and applies adequate recording electrodes. Among other duties, the Neurodiagnostic Technologist also understands the interface between EEG, EP, PSG, and NCS equipment and other electrophysiological devices and procedures. They can recognize and understand EEG/EP/NCS/sleep activity displayed, handle medical emergencies in the laboratory, and prepare a descriptive report of recorded activity for the interpreting physician. The responsibilities of the Technologist may also include laboratory management and the supervision of Neurodiagnostic Technologists. Considerable individual initiative, reasoning skill, and sound judgment are all expected of the Neurodiagnostic professional. Neurodiagnostic Technology personnel work primarily in neurology-related departments of hospitals, but many also work in clinics and the private offices of neurologists and neurosurgeons.
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This program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and practical skills needed for entry-level employment as a Neurodiagnostic or Polysomnography Technologist. The program combines classroom and laboratory studies with clinical training in healthcare facilities. Through a series of General Education courses, the student will also develop skills in communication, interpersonal relations, and critical thinking.
As a neurodiagnostic technologist, you can serve a vital role in health care. Concorde helps comprehensively equip you for this broad job scope through hands-on skills training and real-world clinical experiences.
Upon successful completion of the Neurodiagnostic Technology program, graduates will work with patients from neonate to geriatric and will be able to perform:
- Electroencephalograms (EEGs), which record the electrical activity of the brain.
- Polysomnograms (PSGs), which monitor and evaluate brain, respiratory, and heart activity during sleep to help diagnose sleep disorders.
During clinical rotations, students in the Neurodiagnostic Technology program may also be exposed to advanced diagnostic procedures, such as:
- Evoked potentials (EPs), such as Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAEP), Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP), and Somatosensory
- Evoked Potentials (SSEP),
which record electrical activity from the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord to evaluate various nerve tracks.
- Nerve Conduction Velocities (NCV), which evaluate electrical activity from peripheral nerves.
- Long-Term Epilepsy Monitoring (LTEM, LTM, or EMU), which records electrical activity and monitors patients to help diagnose significant seizure disorders.
- Intraoperative Neurological Monitoring (IONM), which monitors electrical activity from the brain, spinal column nerves, and muscles during various surgical procedures.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take professional certification examinations offered by:
- American Board of Registered Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, Inc. (ABRET)
- American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologists (AAET)
- Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists (BRPT)
Note: Credentialing in these specialties may require additional individualized training after graduation.
Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.
Find out more about what a career in neurodiagnostic technology looks like.
Where can I work?
As a neurodiagnostic technologist, you can benefit a variety of job settings, including the following:
- Operating rooms
- Intensive care units
- Emergency departments
- Private clinics
- Patient homes
Accreditation and Licensure
For the campus in Memphis:
The Neurodiagnostic Technology program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org, as recommended by the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology (CoA-NDT), 22 Railroad Avenue, Suite 3, Beverly, MA 01915, 978-338- 6300, http://coa-ndt.org/.
How long does it take to become a neurodiagnostic technologist at Concorde?
The Neurodiagnostic Technology (associate of applied science) program at Concorde can be completed in as little as 18 months.
When Does Concorde’s Neurodiagnostic Technology (associate of applied science) Program Start?
Contact us to find out when the Neurodiagnostic Technology (associate of applied science) program starts at a Concorde campus location near you.
What is the neurodiagnostic technologist career outlook?
According to Onetonline.org, the neurodiagnostic technology job field is estimated to grow by 11 percent through 2028. As neurological disorders are still on the rise, more neurodiagnostic technologists will be needed to help diagnose those medical conditions.
Why should I become a neurodiagnostic technologist?
Neurodiagnostic technicians work with neurologists and doctors to use specialized equipment to monitor how well a patient’s nervous system is functioning and identify neurological problems. If you’re interested in technology and the brain, there’s a lot you can learn in this career.
Does Concorde offer neurodiagnostic technology externships?
Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our Neurodiagnostic Technology programs.
How much is tuition for Concorde’s Neurodiagnostic Technology (associate of applied science) program?
For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.