Electroencephalographic (EEG) Technician Certification programs provide students with the training and education necessary to help diagnose neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, brain tumors, endocrine disorders and some infectious diseases. Though many schools award an associate degree in this field, there are several certificate programs that usually last 12-24 months and combine classroom and practical training. Certificate programs are commonly referred to as neurodiagnostic or neurophysiology technology programs. Entry-level certificate programs are available for high school graduates, though there are also those that require previous education or experience in healthcare. Clinical experiences are commonly required during a program, though a few schools offer online coursework. Most certificate programs specifically prepare graduates for professional certification.
Students enrolled in an EEG technician certificate program learn about the fundamentals of neuroscience and specific diseases that can attack the nervous system. They also learn about the various instruments, technology and equipment that can be used to diagnose neurological disorders. A number of courses cover the technologies and procedures behind an EEG technician's daily routine, such as EEG recording and instrumentation. Specific courses might include:
- Introduction to neuroscience
- Electroneurodiagnostic technology
- Neurological disorders
- EEG lab management
- Clinical correlations
Certification for EEG technicians is available through a few organizations, including the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET), the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologists and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Each certification requires education and experience to be eligible for testing and some have additional requirements such as basic life support for healthcare professionals or CPR training and certification. Credentialed professionals need to complete continuing education to maintain their certification.
Employment Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that health technologists and technicians in general, which includes EEG technicians, had a median annual salary of $41,260, in May 2015. These professionals also had a much faster than average projected job growth of 23% for the decade spanning 2014-2024, per the BLS.