The majority of the didactic curriculum for the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program is completed within the first 12 months of the program. This includes courses at both Rochester Community and Technical College and Mayo Clinic. Mayo didactic curriculum is provided through an online learning management system. Delivery of instruction includes text, videos, images, interactions and other online applications.

Students must complete the online units of instruction, assignments and pre-lab work prior to coming to class. Laboratory sessions are administered in the traditional face-to-face format. Students apply the online didactic material during hands-on instructor-facilitated sessions.

During the final 12 months of the program, you gain hands-on clinical experience in Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurology and the Center for Sleep Medicine.

Clinical rotations are scheduled in several laboratories at Mayo Clinic. No off-site rotations are required as part of the program curriculum.

Didactic course work (months 1 to 12)

Fall semester: August to December

Courses at Rochester Community and Technical College and Mayo Clinic

Course number Course name Credits
BIOL 1110 Human Biology 4
CHEM 1101 Elements of Chemistry 3
PHIL 1135 Bioethics 3
PHYS 1103 Principles of Physics 3
CNT 1101 Orientation to CNT 3
Total 16

Spring semester: January to May

Courses at Rochester Community and Technical College and Mayo Clinic

Course number Course name Credits
BIOL 1216 Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System 2
ENGL 1117 Reading & Writing Critically I 4
PSYC 1611 Psychology of Adjustment 3
COMM 1114 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CNT 1102 CNT Techniques EEG 2
CNT 1103 CNT Techniques NCS 2
CNT 1110 CNT Instrumentation 2
Total 18

Summer semester: May to August

Courses at Mayo Clinic

Course number Course name Credits
CNT 1104 CNT Techniques EP 2
CNT 1105 CNT Techniques Autonomic 2
CNT 1106 CNT Techniques PSG 2
CNT 1112 Applied Concepts I EEG 2
CNT 1113 Applied Concepts II NCS 2
CNT 1114 Orientation to the Clinical Laboratory 2
CNT 2210 Neurophysiology Lecture Series Part I 1
Total 13

Clinical rotations (months 13 to 24)

Rotations at Mayo Clinic

Course number Course name Credits
CNT 2211 Neurophysiology Lecture Series Part II 4
CNT 2220 Clinical Practice EEG I 3
CNT 2221 Clinical Practice EEG II 3
CNT 2222 Clinical Practice EEG III 3
CNT 2230 Clinical Practice NCS I 3
CNT 2231 Clinical Practice NCS II 3
CNT 2240 Clinical Practice EP/NCS 3
CNT 2250 Clinical Practice Autonomic 3
CNT 2260 Clinical Practice PSG I 3
CNT 2261 Clinical Practice PSG II 3
CNT 2270 Clinical Practice Elective 3
Total 34

Total semester credits for the program: 81

Please note:

  • Clinical hours: 64 hours = 1 semester credit.
  • Courses and sequencing are subject to change.

Program competencies

Students in the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program should successfully meet the following competencies:

Professional knowledge

  • Know the practical applications of neurodiagnostic testing and know the principles underlying clinical neurophysiology technology, including structure and function of the nervous system, instrumentation, and neurological disorders diagnosed by neurophysiologic techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the modalities of clinical neurophysiology, including electroencephalography, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, autonomic testing and polysomnography at a level that will meet requirements for national registry examinations
  • Acquire skills of self-directed learning so as to update knowledge of clinical neurophysiology after completing formal studies

Professional skills

  • Acquire practical skills in electroencephalography, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, autonomic testing and polysomnography required to work as a competent clinical neurophysiology technologist and to succeed in national registry examinations (must take EEG exam Part 1 prior to graduation, but graduation from the program is not contingent on students passing the EEG exam)
  • Apply these skills to compassionate, safe and appropriate patient care
  • Understand the use of quality improvement techniques to enhance the accuracy and appropriateness of clinical neurophysiology testing
  • Understand the role of a clinical neurophysiology technologist as part of a clinical team providing comprehensive care for patients

Professional attitudes, behaviors and cultural competencies

  • Commit to practice according to the ethical principles and legal requirements of the profession of clinical neurophysiology technology and the values of Mayo Clinic
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for diversity in all professional interactions
  • Exhibit appropriate and professional skills of interpersonal communication with all patients and other members of the health care team
  • Understand the responsibilities of all health care workers to contribute to enhancing the health and welfare of society

Grading and evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:

  • Online quizzes and examinations
  • Online self-assessment exercises
  • Lab and clinical activities
  • Competency assessment and demonstration of skills
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

A competency-based evaluation system is used to assess clinical performance.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

April 11, 2017