EEG technicians' education requirements vary from a high school diploma with some training to an associate degree. Licensing is not usually required, though voluntary certification is available.
EEG technicians take readings of the brain or central nervous system, which neurologists analyze to discern neurological conditions or perform neuropsychological research. EEG technicians operate and maintain EEG machines. They may talk with patients to obtain a medical history, apply electrodes to the patients' bodies, use proper techniques to obtain accurate readings and report the results. Most EEG technicians work in hospitals, according to PayScale.com
EEG technicians may need just a high school education, CPR certification and on-the-job training, but many employers prefer someone who has completed a certificate or associate's degree program in this area. These programs call for courses in anatomy, physiology, communications and medical terminology. Associate degree students may complete internships. Techs with associate degrees can test for professional certification, which is not required for employment, but may boost their job and salary prospects.
|Required Education||High school diploma or GED certificate with on-the-job training, but most employers prefer a certificate or associate degree in EEG or END technology|
|Other Requirements||Voluntary registration through American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists|
|Prospective Job Outlook (2016-2026)*||11% for all other health technologists and technicians|
|Median Salary (August 2019)**||$44,674|
Sources: *O*Net Online, **PayScale.com.
Education Requirements for EEG Techs
The minimum requirements to become an entry-level EEG technician are cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and a high school diploma or GED. Training sometimes is received on the job or through in-house training programs. However, many employers seek prospective EEG techs with a certificate or associate degree in EEG or electroneurodiagnostic (END) technology from a technical or community college.
EEG and END programs introduce students to human anatomy, physiology, neurophysiology, medical terminology and CPR. Students typically receive advanced training in EEG instruments, testing and reporting outcomes, as well as studying communications to strengthen their skills in patient interaction. Associate degree programs generally include an internship or clinical experience.
Licensing and Certification Requirements
There are no licensure requirements for EEG technicians; however, they can become voluntarily registered through the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). Applicants must complete an exam and hold an associate degree from an accredited program.
EEG technicians prepare, operate and maintain electroencephalograph machines. They obtain medical histories of patients' neurological disorders, such as epilepsy or sleep disorders, and they apply electrodes to patients' heads, chests, arms, legs or spinal columns, depending on the EEG procedure.
When conducting an EEG, techs must display an understanding of and adherence to lab policies and procedures. They must be able to correct for electrical and mechanical interference, in addition to reading and distinguishing particular kinds of brainwave patterns.
EEG techs can expect an above average job growth over the 2016-2026 decade, and median salaries are around $40,000 per year. Generally, a high school diploma is all that's needed to get started in this field, though students can improve their job prospects by completing a certificate or associate degree program.