To be a neurodiagnostic technologist, you must have a high school diploma and a two-year degree that includes coursework in physical or biological sciences. A training course in neurodiagnostic technology is usually a one to two year program that includes clinical work with patients.
To prepare for a major in neurodiagnostic technology, the following courses and activities are recommended during the high school years:
You should also consider volunteering at a hospital, rehabilitation center or other facility. You’ll be able to gain valuable experience here working with seriously ill people.
Some states are considering requiring licensure requirements for neurodiagnostic technologists, in particular those who perform polysomnographs.
After completing high school, you will need to enroll in an associate's or bachelor's degree program in neurodiagnostic training that is accredited by the Commission on accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The major you will go into to become an EEG technician is electroneurodiagnostic technology.
This course load includes specialized training in the following:
Core courses focus on the various neurodiagnostic procedures and on clinical work obtained through an internship, laboratory session or other training activity.
Advanced certificate programs are available if you have already earned an associate's degree in another area. These programs allow you to specialize and train in clinical processes and EEG fundamentals.
A student has four possible pathways open to become eligible to take the EEG credentialing exam: