Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers the 24-month Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program in the field of neurodiagnostic technology.
To become a competent neurodiagnostic technologist, you need to learn about the function and disorders of the nervous system, as well as the principles and practical applications of neurodiagnostic tests.
This profession combines personal involvement in caring for the sick with the challenge of applying sophisticated scientific methods to diagnose neurological diseases.
Mayo Clinic's program in neurodiagnostic technology offers an exceptional educational experience. You can expect:
- A challenging, high-quality curriculum
- State-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities
- A large, diverse patient population
- A favorable student-to-faculty ratio
- An environment based on teamwork and mutual respect
The program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to become a well-rounded neurodiagnostic or polysomnographic technologist.
A competent technologist must learn about the function and disorders of the nervous system as well as the principles and practical applications of neurodiagnostic testing. The purpose of Mayo Clinic's Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program is to provide academic and clinical educational opportunities so that individuals can develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to become competent technologists.
The Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology.
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The curriculum for the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences' Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program is taught in cooperation with Rochester Community and Technical College. The program requires full-time attendance.
The Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program includes clinical rotations in the electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography and evoked potential (EMG/EP), and autonomic laboratories, and the Center for Sleep Medicine. Each area has state-of-the-art electronic digital instrumentation for patient test recordings. During rotations in the EEG and EMG laboratories, you are exposed to the technical aspects of surgical monitoring in the operating room.
Mayo Clinic's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit provides computerized monitoring 24 hours a day for up to 17 patients.
Graduation and certification
When you successfully complete the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and an Associate in Applied Science degree from Rochester Community and Technical College. Graduates are eligible to take professional certification examinations given by the:
Students are required to take EEG examination Part 1 prior to graduation.
Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurology and the Center for Sleep Medicine require all technologists to pass at least one of the certifying examinations within two years of being hired.
For the majority of the classroom instruction and clinical rotations, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.
The polysomnography rotation at the Center for Sleep Medicine and the EEG rotation at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit require some evening and night hours.
Part-time employment outside of the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program is allowed.
However, your work schedule should be arranged so that it does not interfere with assigned program responsibilities and clinical rotation hours. If employed at the Center for Sleep Medicine or the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, you cannot be paid if working during clinical rotation hours.
Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to seven students to its Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program. Therefore, clinical groups are small, and one-on-one instruction is provided.
Course enrollment and class sizes at Rochester Community and Technical College vary by semester.