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Program Information

Certificate
National Exam Eligible

Approx. Cost
$4,500

Approx. Length
4 semesters
plus 1 summer

A.S.
required for
completion

Prerequisites
Al H A010, Biol A221,

All H A111, GE classes for A.S.

 

  

 

Catalog description of program

Neurodiagnostic Technology is an allied health specialty for diagnosing patients with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, stroke, coma, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions.  A competent neurodiagnostic technologist has knowledge of the nervous system and knows how to properly operate many types of sophisticated instruments. Neurodiagnostic technologists are employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, university medical centers, and research centers.  Orange Coast College’s Neurodiagnostic program provides theory and clinical experience in Electroencephalography (EEG) and in Evoked Potential (BAEP, PVEP, SSEP) testing as well as an introduction to other neurological testing procedures.  Some of the testing procedures include Nerve Conduction studies, Telemetry, Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Studies, Polysomnography and more.  The program can be completed in approximately 22 months (4 semesters, plus 2 intersessions and 1 summer). Completion of the program earns an Associate of Science Degree in Neurodiagnostic Technology.  A new group of students begin this program in the fall semester of even years. Catalog Description.

 

 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 electroencephalography (EEG), which measures the electrical activity (microvolts) 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

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 must be completed in order to graduate from the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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 Allied Health A010. Students must be admitted to the program in order to enroll in any NDT class.

Program start

 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

 Hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, research centers, and mobile services

 Salary

 Ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 annually or higher depending upon position, employer and location.

 Courses with the program which students can take while seeking admission to the program (subject to catalog restrictions)

           q  Allied Health A120: Human Diseases  

 Length of program

 Two years (4 semesters plus 2 intersessions and 1 summer)

 Spaces available

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Background checks

 All students will be required to submit an application for pre-clinical background/drug screen check. The background check will include County Criminal Records (Past 7 Years), Residency History Search, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry (OIG/GSA), and Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry. 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.

 Clinical requirements

 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

           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.

 Employment prospects

 National shortage, only 21 accredited programs in the U.S.  All graduates are able to find employment.

 Accreditation of program

 The program is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs). 

 Other

 It is possible to combine the Neurodiagnostic Technology and Polysomnography Technology programs with the addition of some specific courses.

 Contact information

 Walt Banoczi, Program Coordinator                   Caryn Plum, Allied Health Advisor

Office: Al H Sc 205D                                                        Office: CS&D 101C
wbanoczi@occ.cccd.edu                                              cplum@occ.cccd.edu

 714-432-5591                                                                  714-432-5945
                                                                                             Make a Counseling Appointment on-line

Allied Health Program Assistant 
Jane McLaughlin 
jmclaughlin@occ.cccd.edu
714-432-5729