An EEG technician uses specialized diagnostic equipment to take scans and help identify internal medical issues, such as injuries and tumors. They are responsible for working with patients, processing the tests, and maintaining their equipment. Completion of a specific training program and registration are required for these technicians to work.
Electroencephalogram (EEG) technicians operate neurological equipment and take care of patients before, during and after an EEG test. Aspiring EEG technicians need a high school diploma. However, college diplomas, certificates and associate degree programs are available to prepare individuals for work as EEG technicians. Some medical facilities also offer training to interested applicants.
|Required Education||High school diploma required, undergraduate education strongly recommended|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||14% or more (neurodiagnostic techs)|
|Median Salary (January 2016)**||$39,823|
Sources: *O*Net OnLine, **Payscale.com
EEG Technician Education Requirements
Most EEG technicians have completed diploma, certificate or associate's degree programs in electroneurodiagnostic (END) technology. However, many hospitals and clinics offer on-the-job EEG training. Students seeking formal educational programs in EEG or END technology should choose programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), because it can help them earn additional credentials down the road. These programs, found at community or technical colleges, can take 12-24 months to complete.
Training for EEG Technicians
Prior to admission, candidates may need to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and math, in addition to submitting criminal background checks. The curriculum includes coursework, lab studies and clinical education. Some programs have students complete their clinicals concurrently with classroom studies. Course topics include medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, electroneurodiagnostics, neuroanatomy, evoked potentials, nerve conduction and instrumentation.
EEG technicians can earn recognition through the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET), which is a national credentialing board that evaluates the competency of technologists mainly through credentialing exams. To be eligible to take the exams, an individual must be enrolled or have graduated from an accredited END program or hold at least an associate's degree and two years of END work experience. Candidates must also hold current CPR certification cards.
Career Information for EEG Technicians
EEG technicians perform tests to help diagnose injuries, brain diseases and tumors. Using an instrument to record brain waves, EEG techs can also determine brain functions in a diseased patient. They are also responsible for adjusting the equipment and ensuring it's working correctly.
The EEG techs also communicate with the patients, observe their behavior, help prepare them for the procedure and make sure the output is ready for interpretation. Their job duties may also include ordering supplies, preparing the room and cleaning after the procedure.
As reported by O*Net OnLine (www.onetonline.org), employment growth for neurodiagnostic technologists was expected to be 14% or higher during the 2014-2024 decade. According to Payscale.com, EEG technicians in the 10th to 90th percentile had a salary range from $25,527 to $53,343 annually, as of January 2016. Salaries may vary by experience and location.
To become an EEG technician is a process that ends in obtaining registration and a credential from a national credentialing board. To get a credential, an EEG technician must be certified in CPR and have completed an accredited electroneurodiagnostic technology training program, whether it is a certificate, diploma or degree. In some cases, experience can help a candidate if their degree program was not accredited.