The following criteria are the admission prerequisites prior to application to the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program. Please note the information that is required to be submitted with your application.
|High school graduate
- Required: High school diploma (equivalent acceptable) or a high school senior who expects to graduate by the time the program begins.
- Preferred: Graduated in the upper one-half of high school graduating class with a 2.8 GPA or higher.
- Preferred: ACT scores to submit with your application.
|Mathematics, biology and chemistry
- Required: Algebra II and biology (within the past five years) with a grade of C or better.
- Preferred: Completed one year of high school chemistry or Chemistry 1101 at Rochester Community and Technical College or the equivalent college course with a grade of C or better.
- Required: Contact Jan W. Buss to schedule a job shadow. This experience must be scheduled and completed before the Feb. 1 application deadline. Be prepared to show evidence that you have met the prerequisites.
|College readiness and placement
- Required: Students must have academic skills that allow them to enroll in Physics 1103 and English 1117 at Rochester Community and Technical College. Evidence of your academic readiness for these college-level courses can be demonstrated by adequate ACT scores or by completing the Accuplacer assessment at Rochester Community and Technical College. We recommend that students submit both ACT scores and Accuplacer results with their application.
- GPA: Applicants with some college-level courses completed should have at least a 2.8 GPA.
- Required: Must demonstrate above-average competency in computer skills. Must be able to use a computer for online curriculum and patient care activities. For students without basic computer skills upon entering the program, a computer course may be required.
Non-U.S. citizen applicants
See the Mayo School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.
Mayo School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance, you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue.
In addition to meeting general standards, the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program requires you to be able to:
||Example of required activities (not all-inclusive)
||Visual ability sufficient for patient identification, assessment of equipment choices used in patient care, and observing waveform patterns specifically possessing normal vision or corrected equivalent
- Reading small, fine print in all environments, including low-light conditions for accurate patient identification
- Differentiate basic colors and their hues in relation to distinguishing recording electrodes and attaching electrodes to color-coded equipment
- Differentiate subtle variations in waveform patterns displayed on computer screen for an extended period of time
||Hearing abilities adequate to provide safe and efficient patient care and to effectively communicate with health care personnel
- An auditory capacity or comparable capacity ensuring patient identification (ability to hear patients' state name and date of birth within noisy environments) is correctly performed according to institutional policy
- Interact with health care faculty, patients and family in person and via the telephone
- Identify and be alert to various equipment sounds such as alarms, emergency signals and instrumentation in noisy environments such as, but not limited to, Emergency Department and/or during a code situation
- Capable of discernment when taking blood pressures and equipment sounds, and/or voices that may or may not be visually associated or accessible due to environmental conditions and/or constraints
||Tactile ability (sense of touch) to assess patients allowing for proper site selection and correct equipment choices
- Ability to locate veins and arteries, by palpation, in order to take manual blood pressure readings
- Recognize patient's changing condition in regard to skin integrity and temperature
|Motor skills and mobility
||Possess both gross and fine motor skills necessary in providing safe and effective patient care
- Full range of motion (ROM) allowing for gross movements within confined spaces such as bending, stooping, squatting and lifting, as well as moving and pushing up to 50 pounds
- Stamina to tolerate sitting and/or standing for prolonged periods of time
- Provide safe patient handling including lift, slings and stands
- Fine motor skills, steady hand function and hand-eye coordination for accurate recording electrode placement and for correct and safe use of equipment; have dexterity of arms, hands, wrists and fingers (be able to grasp and pinch) and be able to perform repetitive movements
- Properly and safely handle chemicals, sharp objects and equipment
- Demonstrate the ability to fully utilize computer equipment for instructional curriculum and patient care activities
||Possess written, verbal and comprehension English language skills for effective interaction between health care workers and patients in providing patient care
- Possess the skills necessary to effectively verbalize instructions and procedures (such as articulation, pronunciation and volume) when communicating with faculty, patients and family members
- English language fluency to read and comprehend caregivers' written or electronic orders, and all related patient care procedures
- Correct use of written English to allow for proper completion of clinical documentation regarding patient care, and reading and written assignments as required in the curriculum
|Interpersonal behavior and/or social skills
||Possess the skill sets and ability to effectively communicate and interact in a non-judgmental manner with patients, family, peers and other health care providers
- Communication exchanges with peers and other health care workers in a mutually respectful manner
- Establish good rapport with patients (such as greeting and explaining procedure) while recognizing the variances in emotional status
- Show genuine empathy, understanding, interest and professionalism while interacting with patients
- Have the ability to accept constructive criticism and modify behavior accordingly
||Sensory and physical well-being that will allow an individual to tolerate occasional stressing and/or disturbing conditions that may be present in a clinical setting
- Work with immunosuppressed patients and tolerate exposure to blood and bodily fluids
- Tolerate sights such as open incisions and injuries or deformities
- Ability to acclimate to various noises, which may range from distractions to annoyances
- Emotional strength and maturity to understand patient and/or family disturbances, death and dying
- The ability to function effectively (by completing the given task) in emergent and stressful situations while maintaining performance standards
|Problem-solving and organizational skills
||Command the ability to think critically, possess problem-solving and organizational skills necessary in providing quality patient care
- Understand the relationship between patient health status or condition and requested tests
- Possess the skills necessary to acquire, measure, calculate, analyze, interpret and evaluate data to understand when to perform additional testing
- Ability to troubleshoot and adapt when necessary and evaluate data being collected for quality and accuracy
- Possess the skills necessary to follow instructions and procedures with accuracy and precision and manage time, organize workload and meet deadlines
- Understand additional resources available, where to locate them and how to use them
||Adhere to Mayo Clinic's mission, vision and value statements
- Recognize the importance of performing duties in accordance with policies and standard operating procedures
- Accept the expectation of maintaining patient confidentiality, both from a legal standpoint and humanitarian perspective
- Understand the Patient Bill of Rights and perform care in a manner that exhibits respect, dignity and empathy for the patient and family members
|Computer and technological skills
||Possess the skill sets and capability to utilize electronic technology in the health care setting
- Understand basic computer functions, such as window applications, drop-down menus, pop-up boxes, data entry, printing and the ability to function in multiple screens simultaneously
- Have the ability to learn and understand the software technology utilized in the health care setting
- Possess basic troubleshooting skills and/or recognize resources available to assist
Transfer student policy
Transfer students must submit a Minnesota College Admission Form, an official transcript of high school credits and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Generally courses from other colleges in which you have earned at least a grade of C are accepted if those courses fit the program curriculum.
Rochester Community and Technical College makes the final decision regarding which general education courses may be transferred to the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program. See the Rochester Community and Technical College website for information on advanced placement and credits for experiential learning.
In addition, transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 20 credits on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus in order to receive their Associate in Applied Science degree in Clinical Neurophysiology Technology.
See further Mayo School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.