National Exam Eligible
plus 1 summer and 1
intersession. 22 months
Al H A010, Biol A221,
All H A111, GE classes for A.S.
Mission of program
The mission of the program is to prepare students as
qualified Neurodiagnostic Technologists for entry level employment, who will
support the highest technical standards of practice, care, and continued
Catalog description of program
Description of job for which the program prepares students
A Neurodiagnostic technologist performs non-invasive diagnostic procedures on the nervous system. The diagnostic procedure performed most often is the electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures the electrical activity of the brain. The majority of neurodiagnostic technologists will also perform evoked potential tests which diagnose nervous system disturbances in the visual, auditory, and somatosensory pathways. Other diagnostic procedures may include brain mapping, nerve conduction velocity, surgical monitoring, telemetry and ambulatory recording, polysomnography, and more.
Required program prerequisites
q Allied Health A010: Health Occupations ( on OCC Campus only)
q Allied Health A111: Medical Terminology
q Biology A221: Human Anatomy & Physiology
q Math and General Education Requirements (#3 and 4a-d in the College Catalog) for the Associate of Science degree, approximately 18 units
Associate of Science Degree
This is an Associate of Science degree program. All
Associate of Science degree requirements for NDT
must be completed in order to graduate from the program, even if degrees have been obtained from other institutions.
Students should contact the OCC Counseling Office to have official transcripts
evaluated to confirm all requirements have been met.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to
apply for the American Board of Registered Electroencephalographic and Evoked
Potential Technologist (ABRET) examination.
Does the program transfer?
No. This is the only CAAHEP accredited program in the State of California.
Procedure for program admittance
All students must complete the course Allied Health A010 – Health Occupations in order to apply to the program. Students are selected and admitted to the program on a first come, first serve basis following completion of all prerequesite courses. Students must be admitted to the program in order to enroll in any NDT class.
The program starts in the fall semester of
even numbered years.
All classes must be taken in sequence as listed in the college catalog.
Employment possibilities upon program completion:.
Neurodiagnostic technologists are employed in hospitals,
clinics, physicians’ offices, university medical centers, research centers and
private mobile services.
Average annual salary: $65,000. Entry level salary in California: ranges from
$50,000 to $58,000 annually ($24-28/hr.) or higher depending upon position,
employer and location. Higher salaries
(>$70,000) are dependent on years of experience, location, and additional
specialty credentials earned.
Courses with the program which students can take while seeking admission to the program (subject to catalog restrictions)
q Allied Health A120: Human Diseases 3 units course
Length of program
Two academic years (4 semesters,1 intersession, 1 summer)
All students will be required to submit an application for pre-clinical background/drug screen check. The background check will include Fingerprints - LIVESCAN, County Criminal Records (past 7 years), Residency History Search, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry (OIG/GSA), Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry and a California DMV report. The drug screening will include THC, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methaqualone, propoxyphene and methadone. If requested by the clinical site, the results of the background/drug checks must be provided to them by the student.
The program requires that students participate in scheduled course clinical experience concurrent with classroom courses. Clinical assignments provide students with hands-on application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory courses at OCC contracted hospitals, medical centers, and/or outpatient facilities. It is the responsibility of each student to provide his or her own transportation to assigned clinical sites.
Just prior to entry into clinical, students are required to complete/obtain:
q A physical examination and required vaccinations/titers/TB Tests
q Criminal background/drug screen check clearance
q CPR, HIPAA training, Blood borne pathogen training provided through Al H 115
q Student liability insurance
Students must adhere to appropriate required dress code which may include a laboratory coat, nametag, and other program specific requirements.
Clinical sites may require drug testing or other blood work. There may be exposure to hazardous materials or pathogens in the clinical setting. Students will adhere to all safety and precautionary measures. The student receives no financial compensation for clinical experience, but does receive course units as a required class in the program.
Very good. According
to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Allied Health Field is expected
to grow 18% between 2018 and 2028.
Currently, there is a national shortage of technologists as healthcare
systems are expanding their Neurodiagnostic departments.
Statistics Required by CoA-NDT on Positive Placement Outcomes:
NDT POSITIVE PLACEMENT OUTCOMES
|Year||Positive Placement %||Notes|
|2012||100||14 of 14 employed at 12 months|
|2014||90.5||18 of 21 employed at 12 months, 1 unable to contact, 1 not seeking employment|
|2016||94.7||13 of 14 employed at 6 months|
|2018||90||18 of 20 employed or in another program at 6 months, 2 unable to contact|
|2020|| ||Data Acquisition in progress|
Graduating classes only during even numbered years only.
Accreditation of program
The program is accredited by
CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).
Cross training option from the Neurodiagnostic Technology to
the Polysomnography Technology program is possible with the addition of
Tabitha Liang Program Coordinator
Caryn Plum, Allied Health Advisor
Office: Al H Sc 205D Office: CS&D 101C
Counseling Appointment on-line
Allied Health Program Assistant