Electroneurodiagnostic technologists entering the profession should successfully complete at least one year of formal training and clinical experience in END technology, and have earned an associate degree or higher.
Prerequisites for some END programs require trainees to have some kind of postsecondary education. Others ask only for a high school diploma or GED. Those interested in this work should have a solid background in science and mathematics.
Courses should include biology, anatomy, algebra, chemistry, and physics. Some knowledge of computers and electronics is helpful. A good command of English and medical terminology is also important for oral and written reports.
Most formal programs of study are associated with two year colleges, and a few are in hospitals or vocational technical institutes. As of April 2005, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited 13 active formal training programs in END technology—one of which is military only. Some two year colleges are developing a degree program in polysomnography. Additional colleges have also now begun to express interest in providing degree programs in electroneurodiagnostic technologies.
Currently, formal education programs vary from two-year associate and associate science degree programs to one-year certificate and diploma programs. Certificate and diploma programs allow individuals who have already obtained an associate, baccalaureate, or higher degree to complete an accredited END program without requiring them to obtain another degree.
An accredited program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical practice. Classroom studies include anatomy, physiology, pathology, and neuroanatomy. Students study electronics and instrumentation and become skilled in the use of the equipment for basic and advanced procedures. They learn recording techniques, pattern recognition, and clinical correlation of patterns.
They take course work in the management of medical emergencies, laboratory management, legal and ethical issues, and communications skills. The clinical practice portion of the program gives students hands-on experience in a hospital, office, or neurodiagnostic clinic under the guidance of experienced technologists