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US Air Force
AFSC: Neurodiagnostics Technologist
Program Length: 1344 hours
Iterations per year: 1

US Army
MOS: N/A

US Navy
NEC: Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
Program Length: 1344 hours
Iterations per year: 1

School Code 083

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Neurodiagnostic Technologist

Program Description:
The Neurodiagnostic Technologist program is responsible for providing students with advanced training in the field of electroneurodiagnostics. Graduates will function as entry-level technologists in military treatment facilities throughout the United States and overseas.

The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. This is a consolidated program with two military services that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Neurodiagnostic Technologist within fixed MTFs. Training includes the study of: electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potentials (EP), nerve conduction studies (NCS) and polysomnography (PSG), neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the human body as it relates to neurology, concepts of basic electricity, neurological disorders and how they affect the EEG,
instrumentation as it relates to electroencephalography, nerve conduction studies and EP averaging, interpretation of basic wave patterns seen in EEG, NCS and EP; normal variants and abnormal patterns, and clinical guidelines used in the neurodiagnostic field.

Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.

Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF. The program prepares the student to exercise judgment and accept responsibility in performing diagnostic procedures in the care of neurodiagnostic patients.

Students will obtain practical training assisting in the performance of: electroencephalograms, long term epilepsy monitoring, ambulatory electroencephalograms, evoked potentials, nerve conduction velocity, polysomnography, multiple sleep latency tests, and intraoperative monitoring cases.

Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis.


Accreditation

The Neurodiagnostic Technologist program complies with requirements and recommendations of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology(CAAHEP: CoA-NDT) (www.coa-ndt.org).

The Neurodiagnostic Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org).

Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588-1032
(978) 338-6300

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

Below is the number of students who have graduated from the METC Neurodiagnostic Technologist program in the past three years.
Year # of Graduates
2016 8 Students
2017 10 Students
2018 11 Students


100% of METC NDT Students that graduate from the Neurodiagnostic Technologist Course are placed in Military Treatment Facilities; Conus and Oconus, where they are able to perform Neurodiagnostic studies.



Credentialing Information:

Graduates are eligible for multiple credentials upon completion of the program through the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) or the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).

Per the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (www.abret.org), applicants must meet the following requirements:

To be eligible for the EEG credential, applicants must be approved for graduation from the Neurodiagnostic Program and have a current CPR/BCLS certification. Upon graduation approval, students are eligible to take the EEG credential examination.

Graduates are eligible for the Evoked Potential (EP) credential examination upon completion of a CAAHEP accredited program.

Per the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (www.brpt.org), applicants must meet the following requirements: Graduates are eligible for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) examination, upon completion of a CAAHEP accredited polysomnography education program.

To be eligible for the Certified Polysomnographic Technologist (CPSGT) examination, applicants can be students within 2 months of graduating from, or graduated of, a CAAHEP accredited polysomnography education program.


Course Curriculum

NDT 101 Neuroanatomy and Physiology  
  Introduction to basic neuroanatomy and physiology. An in-depth study of the fundamentals and technology in the field of electroencephalography. Included is the human neuroanatomy of the nerves, the structure and function of the cranial nerves, and anatomy and physiology of the human brain and the cardiopulmonary system.

NDT 102 Introduction to Neurodiagnostics  
  An introduction to the fundamentals and technology in the field of electroencephalography. Included are electrode application for various neurodiagnostic studies, basic instrumentation and basic principles of infection control.

NDT 103 Applied Electronics & Instrumentation  
  An in-depth study of the fundamentals and technology in the field of electroencephalography. Included are the fundamentals of basic electricity, including voltage and resistance, and methods of electroencephalography localization and polarity convention.

NDT 104 Intermediate Neurodiagnostics  
  An analysis and detailed study of the basic wave patterns produced in electroencephalographic recordings, including awake and sleep rhythms, artifacts, maturation changes, and performance of activation procedures.

NNDT 105 Neurodiagnostic Technical Science  
  Application of practical skills in recording routine electroencephalography studies. Includes an introduction to long term epilepsy monitoring and brain mapping, an overview of pediatric and neonatal recording and performance of electrocerebral inactivity studies in accordance with ACNS guidelines.

NDT 106 Neurodiagnostic Clinical Science I  
  A study of the recording of epileptiform abnormalities and classification of seizure disorders. Includes study of common anticonvulsant medications and neurological history taking.

NDT 107 Neurodiagnostic Clinical Science II  
  An in-depth study of abnormal encephalographic recordings, as well as the signs, symptoms and etiology of the various diseases, disorders and other medical issues that create them. Includes recognition of encephalopathies, neoplasms, cerebrovascular disorders, headaches and head traumas as seen in both the clinical and electrocorticographic settings.

NDT 108 Evoked Potentials  
  Introduction to the fundamental principles, concepts, terminology and techniques of evoked potentials. Theory and practice of the testing modalities of auditory, visual and somatosensory evoked potentials performed in a clinical setting. Includes an overview of EP instrumentation and technical concepts, clinical correlations and waveform analysis. Introcudtion to intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring.

NDT 109 Nerve Conduction Studies / Electromyography  
  Introduction to the fundamental principles and performance of nerve conduction studies and recording techniques. Theory and assistance in the performance of electromyography studies.

NDT 110 Polysomnography  
  Introduction to polysomnography, sleep disorders and the related procedures. Includes practical application of recording devices, performance of polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing and maintenance of wakefulness testing. Review of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology and electrocardiogram recognition.

NDT 111 NDT Registry Challenge  
  Review of all electroencephalographic principles in preparation for national registry examination, to include neuroanatomy and physiology, electronics, instrumentation, normal and abnormal patterns, normal variants, treatments and disease correlations.

NDT 112 Clinical Rotation  
  Training is conducted at various participating military and civilian hospitals in San Antonio, Texas. Clinical practice in neurodiagnostics include observation, application of electrodes, performance of electroencephalographic testing, clinical history taking. Graduates of clinical training are expected to perform as an entry-level Neurodiagnostic Technologist.
     Prerequisite(s): Completion of END 101 - 111





Certifications

Students will take the Electroencephalography (EEG) National Registry Exam prior to graduation from the METC Neurodiagnostic Technologist Program.

METC Neurodiagnostic Technologist Program - 2016: 8 out of 8 students passed the national Registry for EEG part 1, 2017: 10 out of 10 students passed the national Registry for EEG part 1, 2018: 10 out of 11 students passed the national Registry for EEG.

Air Force graduates are required to pass the national registry exam within one year of completing the METC Neurodiagnostic Technologist course in order to become a 5 skill level.

The METC Neurodiagnostic Technologist program has been approved for college credit through the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Air Force and Navy students are eligible to receive 47 credits.



Service Specific

Official seal of the United States Air Force
Air Force specific:
See the Education & Training Course Announcements (ETCA) Website
https://etca.randolph.af.mil/default1.asp
** Course number L5ALJ4N031B00AA


Official seal of the United States Navy
Navy specific:
See Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC).
https://app.prod.cetars.training.navy.mil/cantrac/vol2.html
Must have completed course COURSE 300-0010, HM BASIC




















 

Address

METC Neurodiagnostic Technologist Program
3480 Garden Avenue,
Bldg 1356/MIF 3
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

Contacts

Program Director (210) 808-5290
Air Force Service Lead (210) 808-5106
Navy Service Lead (210) 808-5036
METC Information (210) 808-6382
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Last modified: April 29 2019