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Neurodiagnostic Technology

Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) is an allied health specialty involved with testing brain, spinal cord, and nerve function.  Neurodiagnostic Technologists work with patients who have neurological disorders such as seizures, epilepsy, stroke, coma, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors.  NDTs are employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, university medical centers, and research centers.  Students who complete the two-year program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Neurodiagnostic Technology.

The program provides theory and clinical experience in Electroencephalography (EEG) and Evoked Potential (BAEP, PVEP, SSEP) testing, as well as preparation for the national board registry exam in EEG (R. EEG T.). Students gain entry-level skills with successful completion of courses involving knowledge of the nervous system, brain rhythms, hands-on lab practice with specialized instrumentation, and many hours of clinical experience. 

  • Electroencephalography (EEG): recording the electrical activity of the brain
  • Evoked Potential (EP): testing the nerve pathways for hearing, vision, and sensation

Introductory courses to other neurological testing procedures include Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), Long-term Monitoring (LTM) for Epilepsy, Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM), and Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Studies.  The program serves as a solid foundation for many graduates who choose to pursue credentials in these specialty areas.

  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS): measures how fast an electrical impulse travels through a nerve; patients who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome will likely have an NCS
  • Long-Term Monitoring (LTM): involves monitoring patients admitted into the hospital for chronic seizures who may be candidates for surgery
  • Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM): an advanced NDT specialty to monitor brain and nerve function during neurosurgical procedures such as back surgery/spine fusion, brain/spine tumor removal, aneurysm clipping, or any surgery that is close to or involves the brain, spinal cord, or nerves
  • Transcranial Doppler (TCD): an ultrasound procedure that measures the velocity of the main cerebral arteries that provide blood to the brain

OCC Neurodiagnostic Technology graduates are highly sought after by employers.

Department Contact Information   

Tabitha Liang, BS, R.EEGT, CNIM, RPSGT
Program Director

714-432-5591
tliang3@occ.cccd.edu

Neurodiagnostic Technology Department Website

Program Information

Credit Courses

NDT A1104 Units (54 lecture hours; 108 lab hours)  
Basic Electroencephalography  
Prerequisite(s): ALH A010.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Fundamentals of EEG, including application of electrodes, basic wave forms, artifacts, and introduction to the EEG machine. All enrollees must be accepted into either the Neurodiagnostic or Polysomnography program.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A110

NDT A1154 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Advanced Electroencephalography  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A110 and ALH A130.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Introduction to the abnormal electroencephalogram (EEG), maturational changes, and the basic electronic principles upon which successful electroencephalographic techniques are based.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A115

NDT A1163.5 Units (18 lecture hours; 256 lab hours)  
Clinical Experience 1  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A110 and ALH A115.

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Beginning clinical practice of electroencephalographic testing on patients at various affiliated neurodiagnostic labs. This will include observation, application of electrodes, performance of EEG testing on clinical patients, medical recordkeeping, and clinical history reporting. Students must purchase a uniform for this course. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A116

NDT A1173 Units (256 other hours)  
Clinical Experience 2  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A115 and NDT A116.

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Continued clinical experience in Electroencephalography at a selected Neurodiagnostic Lab in an affiliated health care facility, under the direct supervision of a physician and/or EEG technologist. This clinical will build on skills attained in NDT A116, and will include performance of EEG testing on clinical patients, medical record keeping, and clinical history taking. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A117

NDT A1903 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Neuro Anatomy and Physiology  
Prerequisite(s): BIOL A221; or BIOL A220 and BIOL A225.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems with correlation to related symptoms and pathology as needed by a Neurodiagnostic and/or Polysomnographic technologist. This course may also be offered online.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A190

NDT A1911 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
EEG Record Review-Normal  
Co-requisite(s): NDT A115.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Practice in electroencephalograph (EEG) record review of normal adult and pediatric patients. Technical description of normal EEG patterns.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A191

NDT A2001 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Neurodiagnostic Lab Practice  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A110.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Laboratory course for the NDT student to apply foundational technical skills to successfully record routine EEG procedures according to published ACNS guidelines in preparation for first clinical experience.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A200

NDT A2803 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Neurologic Disorders  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A115 and NDT A190.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Clinical and electroneurodiagnostic correlations to various physical conditions and disease states which are commonly dealt with in neurodiagnostic technology. Relationship of technologists to various medical specialties: neurology, neurosurgery, pathology, radiology, internal medicine, and psychiatry.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A280

NDT A2841 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Transcranial Doppler  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A190.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

An introduction to Transcranial Doppler (TCD) procedures and recording techniques.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A284

NDT A2851 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Nerve Conduction Velocity  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A190.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

An introduction to nerve conduction velocity (NCV) testing procedures and recording techniques.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A285

NDT A2863.5 Units (256 other hours)  
Clinical Experience 3  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A117.

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Continued clinical experience in EEG at an affiliated health care facility under the direct supervision of an EEG technologist or physician. This clinical will build on skills attained in NDT A117. There will also be opportunities to observe and possibly perform evoked potential studies. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A286

NDT A2871.5 Units (24 lecture hours)  
EEG Record Review-Abnormal  
Co-requisite(s): NDT A115 and NDT A191.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Practice in electroencephalograph (EEG) record review of neurological subjects covered in NDT A280. Classification of abnormal EEG patterns with correlation to clinical disorders.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A287

NDT A2884 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Evoked Potentials  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Concepts, terminology, and techniques of Evoked Potential (EP) recording with testing modalities of visual, auditory, and somatosensory systems to be individually discussed. An overview of EP instrumentation and technical concepts. Analyze the clinical correlations of evoked potential testing and will focus on waveform analysis correlating to common neurological diseases. PREREQUSITE: NDT A115 and NDT A190.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A288

NDT A2892 Units (192 other hours)  
Clinical Experience 4  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A286 and NDT A288.

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Clinical practice in neurodiagnostic testing with an emphasis on evoked potential and more specialized neurodiagnostic testing procedures. This clinical also further develops advanced skills in electroencephalographic recording and analysis. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A289

NDT A2962 Units (28 lecture hours; 14 lab hours)  
Introduction to Intraoperative Monitoring  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A288.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

An introduction to Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring recording strategies. Analysis of signal changes during an operation will be correlated with anesthetic agents, metabolic effects, and/or the effects of surgical trauma. Intraoperative monitoring scenarios will be demonstrated and practiced in the classroom laboratory.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A296

NDT A2972 Units (24 lecture hours; 12 lab hours)  
Microcomputer Applications in Neurodiagnostics  
Prerequisite(s): NDT A115.
Advisory: CIS A100.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Specialized computer applications in Neurodiagnostic Technology. Testing modalities of Electroencephalography, evoked potentials, epilepsy monitoring, and automated diagnostic techniques will be presented. Opportunities for hands-on use of digital equipment will be integrated into the classroom and during field trips.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A297

NDT A2981 Unit (128 other hours)  
Clinical Internship  
Co-requisite(s): NDT A289.

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Specialized neurodiagnostic clinical internship at an affiliate hospital site. Specialized areas may include intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring, neonatal testing, long-term epilepsy monitoring, pediatric testing, transcranial Doppler studies, nerve conduction studies and others. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NDT A298