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EEG Tech Schools: How to Choose an EEG Tech School

Electroencephalogram (EEG) technicians, also known as electroneurodiagnostic (END) or neurodiagnostic technicians, are individuals who use specialized machines to monitor the electrical activity of a patient's brain in order to observe and diagnose irregularities such as strokes, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Certificate programs and associate degree programs are most common in EEG technology.

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Students who want to become EEG techs can typically find programs at community colleges, technical schools and vocational institutes. Only a small number of schools offer bachelor's programs, which are typically designed for professional EEG techs seeking career advancement.

Schools with Programs in EEG/END Technology

EEG/END technology programs are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $2,904; In-state $5,544; Out-of-state $8,184
University of North Carolina-Charlotte Charlotte, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state $6,532; Out-of-state $19,703
Labouré College Milton, MS 4-year, Private Certificate $34,410
Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $2,730; In-state $3,180; Out-of-state $6,420
Alvin Community College Alvin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $1,514; In-state $2,594; Out-of-state $3,794
Bellevue College Bellevue, WA 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $3,619; Out-of-state $8,957
Pamlico Community College Grantsboro, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,347; Out-of-state $8,491
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,184; Out-of-state $6,584
Gateway Community College New Haven, CT 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,032; Out-of-state $12,096
Erwin Technical College Tampa, FL 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,019; Out-of-state $11,829

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

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School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when selecting an EEG technology program.

  • Students should look to enroll in programs that offer access to a wide variety of monitoring equipment and up-to-date, on-site facilities, including add-on educational track options in areas like polysomnography or evoked potentials, to increase their professional knowledge and diversify their employment options.
  • Students are encouraged to enroll in a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs. Programs that prepare students for professional certification are also worth considering as well.
  • While some programs offer online classes and lectures, distance learning students still need to locate a school-approved clinical facility where they can complete clinical experience requirements.
  • Students may want to consider program length. A certificate can be completed in one year of study, while an associate's degree requires two years of full-time study.

Certificate in EEG/END Technology

Certificate programs in electroneurodiagnostic technology can be completed in 1-2 years and train students to operate EEG machines. Clinical experiences at local hospitals may be required.

Associate Degree in Neurodiagnostic Technology

An associate degree in neurodiagnostic technology prepares students to become neurodiagnostic technologists, whose primary responsibility is to administer EEG examinations. Associate degree programs may be completed in two years and they may prepare students for credentialing with the AAET and the ABRET. Clinical experiences are commonly required to gain practical experience with equipment.

Many public and private 2- and 4-year colleges and universities offer training in EEG technology. It is most common to complete a certificate or associate's program, and some schools offer courses online.

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