EEG Technician Certification and Certificate Program Information

An electroencephalograph technologist, or EEG technologist, provides assistance in the diagnosing and treatment of patients with neurological disorders. Training programs, such as an EEG technologist certificate program, can lead to a career in the field. View article »

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  • 0:00 Essential Information
  • 1:04 Certificate Programs
  • 1:49 Certification
  • 2:30 Employment Outlook and Salary

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Essential Information

Program Levels Certificate program
Field(s) of Study Neurodiagnostic or neurophysiology technology
Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent; some programs require previous education or experience in healthcare
Online Availability Some hybrid programs may be available
Program Length 1-2 years
Licensure/Certification Voluntary certification available
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 23%
Median Annual Salary (2015) $41,260 (for health technologists)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

Certificate Programs

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
  • Electroneurodiagnostics
  • Neurological disorders
  • Electrocardiography
  • 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.

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