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Neurodiagnostic Technology, A.A.A.S.

Learn how to perform electroencephalograms (EEGs) under the direct supervision of expert faculty and healthcare providers.

Before applying for this program

Candidates for this program must interview with a participating health care employer and be hired as an apprentice to be able to participate in this program. This associate's degree is designed as an apprenticeship program with hospital-based clinical education delivered in partnership with a participating health care employer.

Please contact Summer Madrid at summermadrid@grcc.edu(616) 234-3154 for a list of participating employers and start dates for the next cohort.

Neurodiagnostic Technology

Neurodiagnostic Technologists are highly skilled, and in-demand medical professionals. Their specific skill set in recording electroencephalograms (EEGs) is what sets them apart from other healthcare professions.

This program focuses on teaching you how to apply cranial surface electrodes and record an electroencephalogram. Upon completing the program, you will be prepared to take and pass the EEG certification exam administered by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).

This program offers courses  online, in college campus labs, and rotating hospital internships, provided by affiliating hospitals, clinics and other EEG provider facilities. Hands-on learning with Neurologist Dr. Mounzer Kassab, makes this program unique and optimal for success.

The EPiC EEG program fosters the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice in EEG, with an emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that will encourage your professional growth.

How the Neurodiagnostic Technology Apprenticeship program works

This program is offered through a partnership with other Educational Programs in Collaboration (EPiC) Consortium. Each college enrolls students in the program under their admission criteria and each awards the degree according to that college’s completion requirements.

Students in the program complete Neurodiagnostic Technology courses delivered in an online environment by one of the EPiC colleges through MWTEC.

Clinical education courses are arranged through the EPiC Consortium’s educational coordinator in collaboration with the Neurodiagnostic departments of affiliating hospitals, clinics or other Neurodiagnostic Technology provider facilities. These experiences are developed to meet the established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Board of Registration in Electroencephalographic (ABRET) exam and prepare students to complete the Neurodiagnostic Technology certification exam.

Program Courses and Requirements

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Program Mission & Goals

The mission of this program is to prepare competent entry-level neurodiagnostic technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Goals

  1. To provide our students with open access and a supportive environment that encourages student success in the classroom, laboratory, and on the externship site.
  2. Students will demonstrate professional attitude, values and behaviors necessary for professional success.
  3. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills as responsible members of the health care team.
  4. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to successfully complete the ABRET certification examination.

Program Outcome & Objectives

Outcome

Students of the MiRIS EEG program will be entry-level EEG technologists prepared to complete the ABRET certification exam.

Objectives

Upon program completion, students will:

  1. Apply knowledge of using the 10/20 International Marking System and proficient electrode placement.
  2. Apply knowledge of providing a quality electroencephalogram following guidelines provided by ACNS.
  3. Demonstrate success in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical site.
  4. Exhibit professionalism, integrity, and high standards in the classroom, laboratory and clinical site, incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Neurodiagnostic Technologist.
  5. Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, and wellbeing of patients.
  6. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first aid and basic life-support procedures.
  7. Provide care and comfort in regard to the holistic health of the patient, technologist, and others.
  8. Become a productive, responsible and professional member of society as a skilled member of the healthcare workforce.
  9. Provide patient education related to NDT procedures.
  10. Program Accreditation
  11. Program Effectiveness Outcomes and Safety Statement

Clinical Education Access Requirements

The Neurodiagnostic Technology Program requires students to have the following vaccinations, CPR, and health insurance once admitted into the program.

  • TB test results, or Chest X-ray date and report* 
  • Hepatitis B series
  • Tdap
  • Date of Chicken pox or Varicella immunization
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Flu vaccine*
  • COVID - 19 Vaccine*
  • CPR - American Red Cross:  BLS/CPR for Health Insurance or American Heart Association:  BLS provider only must also be completed.  No other types of providers will be accepted
  • Health Insurance - proof of documented and maintained through the duration of the program.

*A flu immunization and TB test or screening must be completed yearly. The TB must not lapse, and the flu vaccine must be acquired no later than November 1.

*GRCC medical and religious exemptions will be addressed once in the program. However, the program cannot guarantee GRCC awarded exemptions will be accepted at every clinical site.

Contact Summer Madrid at summermadrid@grcc.edu for specific vaccination requirements.

Clinical Site

Spectrum Health

Off-campus Instruction Disclaimer

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires colleges participating in federal student aid programs to make certain disclosures. In compliance with these federal laws, Grand Rapids Community College is providing information for specific programs offered at GRCC, which incur additional costs of attendance due to a portion of the program being completed at an off-campus location. The Neurodiagnostic Technology Program requires off-site instruction, which accounts for approximately 13% of the program courses and includes 448 externship hours at a major hospital in West Michigan. The off-site locations are located within a 1 mile radius of the GRCC’s main Grand Rapids campus. Students are responsible for transportation to the off site locations and any other costs associated with attending the off-campus location. Costs range from $1.00 to $26.00 per trip and may include mileage, parking, and other costs related to the off-site placement (e.g., uniform).

The following list includes possible sites where a student could be assigned to complete their off-campus requirements for the program. The following information is accurate as of July 2023 for the 2023-24 academic year.

Name of the Institution/Entity

Address

Corewell Health - West

100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Program Contact Information

Admissions information

Summer Madrid
Educational Training Specialist
Strengthening Community Colleges Healthcare 
summermadrid@grcc.edu
(616) 234-3154

Program consortium information

Amy Lee, EdD, RT (R)(MR)
alee@mcca.org
(269) 830-7662
Fax: (269) 565-2055

Additional Information

Transfer