The neurodiagnostic (ND) technology is one of the most captivating professions among the entire field of medicine. Neurodiagnostic Assistant uses a set of machines to record and examine the electrical activity in our brain and help neurotech diagnose any brain and nervous systems’ functionality, assisting in the treatment of patients.
Neurodiagnostic Assistant Job Responsibilities
While other types of photographing methods can only record the surface images of the body, NDT assistants can capture the brain pattern of patients using sophisticated machinery. An NDT assistant needs to learn how to maneuver different neurological scans to diagnose and analyse the brain’s functions by capturing its information.
For safety reasons, NDT assistants will monitor patients in the next room via remote video or conferencing, they’ll instruct patients in the next room via remote video monitoring. An NDT assistant task may include:
- Alert nursing or technologist of clinical seizures or other paroxysmal events occur
- Counsel and communicate with staff about events
- Document their observation on patients’ progress
- Assist NDT in electrode removal and disinfection
- Complete training to alert supervisor and active hospital systems such as rapid response, cardiac arrest, etc. per established protocols when encountering patient clinical issues
- Monitors patients undergoing EEG process according to safety guidelines
To begin your path as a NDT assistant, obtaining a high school diploma or GED will be necessary. Students with interest in pursuing this profession should focus on classes such as biology, chemistry, math and English. Working with patients will require a competent level of communication and interpersonal skill, so taking psychology and sociology classes might also be a good idea.
Neurodiagnostic techs perform tests that help doctors diagnose brain, neurological, or sleep disorders. Performing these tests requires training or education on specialized equipment as well as excellent interpersonal skills to comfort patients. Certification in this field is optional albeit highly recommended. Below are the top two certifying agencies and the certifications they offer.
1. American Association Of Electrodiagnostic Technologists (AAET) Registered Nerve Conduction Study Technologist (R.NCS.T.) certification eligibility
Prior to sitting an AAET R.NCS.T. exam, aspiring NDT assistants must have completed at least 1 year of experience and have taken the NDT program accredited by CAAHEP. Since NDT will not perform biopsy or invasive procedures, if you have an additional superseding certificate that allows invasive exams and interpretation you may submit them. Otherwise, you will have to provide the AAET Attestation Statement to verify that you’re not performing those exams.
Additionally, to enter the certification process, you must also provide a copy of your certification card for Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider issued by the American Heart Association.
2. American Board Of Registration Of Electroencephalographic And Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) certification eligibility
Unlike the AAET R.NCS.T. which only certified participants for 1 type of NDT, the ABRET has 5 certifications you can earn and each will have its own standards:
- Registered Electroencephalogram Technologist (R. EEG T.)
To qualify and sit for this exam, you must have either graduated from an NDT CAAHEP-accredited program, completed an ABRET-recognized certificate program, earned an associate’s degree or have a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) certification with 1 year of clinical EEG experience.
- Registered Evoked Potential Technologist (R. EP T.)
For this certification, test takers must have completed CAAHEP-accredited NDT program or an associate’s degree or ABRET EEG certification (R. EEG T.) with two years of clinical neurodiagnostic experience.
- Certification In Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM)
The standards to take this exam are that participants must complete a CAAHEP accredited program, have an R. EEG T. or R. EP T. certification, a bachelor’s degree, complete an ABRET-recognized certificate program and are certified as a Long Term Monitoring Technologists (CLTM)
The eligible candidates to take this test are the ones that have had one year experience of being an R. EEG T and an extra for long-term monitoring (LTM). Also, they must also be able to provide documentation of 50 LTM cases.
- Certification Examination For Autonomic Professionals (CAP)
Candidates must qualify under one of two pathways to be eligible for this certification. They either have to finish taking the associate’s degree with 1 year of clinical autonomic testing experience or take 2 years of clinical autonomic testing experience.
- Certification for Magnetoencephalography (CMEG)
Eligibility requirements to take this test are having an R. EEG T. or R. EP T. certification, six months of supervised work experience, the MEG certificate and having current CPR or BLS certification.
Neurodiagnostic technology is a potential field that will experience a growth in employment of 14% from 2014 to 2024. Neurodiagnostic assistants can take this time to level up their skills to become a neurodiagnostic technologist. The significant growth has highlighted the importance and need for neurodiagnostic careers.