Becoming a Neurodiagnostic Technologist

Neurodiagnostic Technologists monitor the patients’ nervous system and identify and treat neurological problems. They receive extensive training in neurophysiology in order to identify normal and abnormal electrical activity in various forms of nervous systems. The data collected by them through electrical patterns help the physicians diagnose and treat conditions such as headaches, strokes, brain disorder and dizziness.

The Neurodiagnostic Technologists perform the following tasks:

1. Electroencephalograms (EEGs), which is used to assess brain activity
2. Intraoperative neuromonitoring, which tracks brain and nerve function
3. Monitor the disorders and seizures
4. Perform Polysomnograms too diagnose sleep disorders
5. Go through Nerve conduction studies to find the electrical signals in nervous system

Neurodiagnostic Technologists usually work in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, epilepsy monitoring units, sleep disorder centers and research laboratories.

Education Requirements: The aspirant Neurodiagnostic Technologists must attend a school specializing in the field, which may include courses such as mathematics, science, biology, computer and language courses. After completing high school diploma, they must undergo a two-year degree with coursework in the physical or biological sciences. Training programs in neurodiagnostic technology require basic education of 1-2 years and some experience in clinical settings.

The EEG Credentialing exam can be undertaken from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).

Salary & Job Outlook: The career outlook for Neurodiagnostic Technologists remains excellent. The starting salary for these professionals is $44,200, while experienced professionals may get around $112,333 per year. The average salary remains at $65,226 per year.