Jul 21, 2018  
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 
    
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50

Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Associate of Applied Science


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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

The Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) program offers courses designed to provide students with the education, technical skills, and clinical experience necessary for a career as an EEG Technologist. EEG Techs are healthcare professionals who apply electroencephalography, a recording of ongoing neural electrical activity, to assist physicians in treating neurological and seizure disorders. EEGs evaluate the function of the nervous system and may be performed on all patient populations from neonate to geriatric and for a variety of durations from 30 minutes to multiple days. According to the U .S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of electroencephalography will grow 23% by 2024, representing a critical need for credentialed professionals at all levels of certification.

This program provides didactic lecture and skills laboratory instruction as well as hands-on clinical experience in both the outpatient and inpatient settings through the University of New Mexico Hospital Neurodiagnostic Lab. The successful graduate will be able to apply and record EEGs, provide appropriate patient care, evaluate and describe normal and abnormal neural waveforms, and maintain equipment as crucial members of a comprehensive medical team. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to take the board exam for national certification through the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). Passing this national exam will result in a Registered EEG Technologist (REEGT) credential and qualification to progress to expanded levels of neurodiagnostic testing.

The program is applying for accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an: Associates of Applied Science
  • This educational option can be completed: In 6 terms
  • This educational option is designed for: The Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (ENDT) program is designed to provide students with the education, technical skills, and clinical experience for a career as Electroencephalograph (EEG) Technologists. EEG Techs are trained healthcare professionals who use specialized medical equipment to record brainwave activity over a period of 30 minutes to multiple days. The resulting graph is used to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating neurological trauma and seizure disorders. EEGs techs see all patient populations from neonate to geriatric.
  • This educational option can be started: This program’s first term courses are offered fall term and spring term only. This may delay a student’s program start date.  Please check with an Academic Coach for more information.
  • Primary course location: Main Campus

Special Requirements

Physical Requirements

Students must be in good physical and psychological health. May require students to be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds.

Criminal Background

This program will require students to undergo a routine urine drug screen, provide documentation of current immunizations, have a current Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) certificate and other training prior to beginning the program or beginning clinical education. 

This program will require students to undergo the New Mexico Department of Health caregiver’s criminal history screening program. This involves state and federal felony criminal background checks with fingerprints. This must be completed prior to starting their program or prior to beginning their clinical experiences

Felony Convictions

This program will require students to undergo the New Mexico Department of Health caregivers criminal history screening program. This involves state and federal felony criminal background checks with fingerprints. This must be completed prior to starting their program or prior to beginning their clinical experiences. Students with a disqualifying conviction can appeal some of those convictions through the New Mexico Department of Health. Depending on the program, students may or may not be allowed to remain in the program pending appeal. Students who do not successfully appeal a disqualifying conviction will not be allowed to start or remain in the program. A successful appeal does not guarantee eligibility for licensure after graduation in professions that require licensure.

Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus training sites. (Clinical courses at hospitals, internships, etc.)

Educational Opportunities

Students planning to continue their education beyond the certificate level may pursue other academic programs in the healthcare field.

Some of the prerequisites courses in this program are transferable and may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to take the board exam for national certification through the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). Passing this national exam will result in a Registered EEG Technologist (REEGT) credential and qualification to progress to expanded levels of neurodiagnostic testing.

Additional career information is available from ASET- The Neurodiagnostic Society (https://www.aset.org/)

Courses


Associate of Applied Science in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology 64-70 credit hours


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