Programs in neurodiagnostic technology include extensive EEG coursework, and students learn about the nervous system and associated disorders. They also gain the skills needed to operate the equipment used to monitor patients. Graduates of these programs may be prepared for professional EEG certification through organizations like the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists. Electroencephalographs may also be discussed in polysomnography certificate and degree programs.
Here is a list of topics commonly covered in electroencephalography courses:
- Patterns and wave forms
- Electrode placement
- Neurological disorders
- Wake and sleep patterns
List of Common Courses
Fundamentals of Electroencephalography Course
Students are introduced to the EEG machine, as well as how to operate the controls, apply electrodes to patients, read waveforms and collect results. Students also explore how the brain produces electrical activity and how the EEG machine captures a record of that activity. This is a beginning level course for students in an electroneurodiagnostic or neurodiagnostic program, which does not typically require a prerequisite.
Electroencephalography Instruments Course
The EEG machine is the focus of this course. Students learn about the electronic components and instrumentation of analog and digital EEG machines. The electrodes, power supply, filters and various parts of the machine are explained. Students investigate safety standards for using the EEG machine. The class also discusses electrical concepts, in addition to filtering and polarity convention. Prior to completion of the course, learners will understand machine operation, proper use and troubleshooting problems.
Normal Electroencephalography Records Course
A clear understanding of normal EEG records allows students to detect abnormalities with ease. Throughout this course, students will study normal EEG records of adult and pediatric patients to gain insight into what a normal record should look like. Normal patterns and artifacts records are discussed. Students learn how to complete an EEG record and may gain experience with monitoring a record.
Abnormal Electroencephalography Records Course
Abnormal EEG records are used to diagnose physical conditions, medical problems and other health issues in a patient. Students study different EEG records with abnormalities to understand how those abnormalities will appear in the records. This course allows students to compare normal and abnormal records in order to understand and determine how they differentiate. It also demonstrates how abnormalities differentiate across age groups by studying adult and pediatric records.