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Neurodiagnostic Technology, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_NDT

Control Number: 08657

Financial Aid Eligible

Neurodiagnostic Technology is an allied health specialty for diagnosing patients with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, stroke, coma, multiple sclerosis, and many others. A competent Neurodiagnostic Technologist has knowledge of the nervous system and knows how to properly operate many types of sophisticated instruments. Neurodiagnostic Technologists are employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, university medical centers and research centers.

Orange Coast College’s Neurodiagnostic Technologist program provides theory and clinical experience in Electroencephalography (EEG) and in Evoked Potential (BAEP, PVEP, SSEP) testing as well as an introduction to other neurological testing procedures. Some of the testing procedures include Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), Long-term Monitoring (LTM) for Epilepsy, Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM), Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Studies, and more.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has accredited this NDT Program. The program meets the eligibility requirements to take the EEG and EP exams of the American Board of Registration in Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).

The program can be completed in approximately 22 months (4 semesters and 1 summer). Completion of the program earns an Associate in Science Degree in Neurodiagnostic Technology. A new group of students begins this program in the fall semester of even years.

Program Admission

  1. Allied Health 010 course – application and orientation
  2. The student must complete Associate in Science degree General Education requirements and the program prerequisites prior to acceptance into the program.

Program Outcome

The goal of the program is to meet the needs of the local health care community by preparing students for entry level employment as a professional and competent Neurodiagnostic technologist.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Recommended Preparation
LIBR A100Library Research and Information Competency3
Program Prerequisites
ALH A010Health Occupations0.5
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
Required Courses
ALH A115Patient Care2.5
ALH A120Human Diseases2
ALH A130Applied Pharmacology3
NDT A110Basic Electroencephalography4
NDT A115Advanced Electroencephalography4
NDT A116Clinical Experience 13.5
NDT A117Clinical Experience 23
NDT A190Introduction to Neuro Anatomy and Physiology3
NDT A191EEG Record Review-Normal1
NDT A200Neurodiagnostic Lab Practice1
NDT A287EEG Record Review-Abnormal1.5
NDT A280Neurologic Disorders3
NDT A284Introduction to Transcranial Doppler1
NDT A285Introduction to Nerve Conduction Velocity1
NDT A286Clinical Experience 33.5
NDT A288Evoked Potentials4
NDT A289Clinical Experience 42
NDT A296Introduction to Intraoperative Monitoring2
NDT A297Microcomputer Applications in Neurodiagnostics2
NDT A298Clinical Internship1
PSG A100Polysomnography Basics1
Total Units59.5
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 59.5
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 71.5

Neurodiagnostic Technology Suggested Electives

CMST A100 Interpersonal Communication
ELEC A140 Technical Electronics
CDE A180 Child, Growth and Development
MA A289 Clinical Medical Assisting II Specialty Procedures
PHIL A120 Ethics
PHYS A110 Conceptual Physics
PSYC A160 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SPAN A180 Elementary Spanish 1

Polysomnography Cross-Training Option

This option is recommended for Neurodiagnostic Technology graduates who would like to cross-train as Polysomnographic Technologists. Upon completing the cross-training courses, students will earn an additional AS in Polysomnography.

Program Option Prerequisites

Neurodiagnostic Technology Associate in Science Degree

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CDE A180Child, Growth and Development3
PSG A150Intermediate Polysomnography3
PSG A160Polysomnography Testing2
PSG A165Polysomnography Clinical 11
PSG A170Polysomnographic Practice0.5
PSG A175Polysomnography Clinical 21
PSG A250Polysomnograpy Record Review2
PSG A260Advanced Polysomnography3
PSG A265Polysomnography Clinical 32
PSG A270Physician Lecture Series1
PSG A285Polysomnography Internship2
RSPC A185Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology3
RSPC A265Pulmonary Pathology3
Total Units26.5

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

For terms less than 15 units, students should meet with a counselor to reconfigure their sequence to maintain financial aid eligibility with a full-time course load.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
LIBR A100 Library Research and Information Competency 3
ALH A010 Health Occupations 0.5
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
Semester 2
ALH A111 Medical Terminology 3
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): 1 0-4
Intermediate Algebra
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
Year 2
Semester 1
ALH A115 Patient Care 2.5
ALH A130 Applied Pharmacology 3
NDT A110 Basic Electroencephalography 4
ALH A120 Human Diseases 2
Semester 2
NDT A200 Neurodiagnostic Lab Practice 1
NDT A115 Advanced Electroencephalography 4
NDT A116 Clinical Experience 1 3.5
NDT A190 Introduction to Neuro Anatomy and Physiology 3
NDT A191 EEG Record Review-Normal 1
NDT A287 EEG Record Review-Abnormal 1.5
NDT A117 Clinical Experience 2 3
Year 3
Semester 1
NDT A280 Neurologic Disorders 3
NDT A284 Introduction to Transcranial Doppler 1
NDT A285 Introduction to Nerve Conduction Velocity 1
NDT A286 Clinical Experience 3 3.5
NDT A288 Evoked Potentials 4
Semester 2
NDT A289 Clinical Experience 4 2
NDT A296 Introduction to Intraoperative Monitoring 2
NDT A297 Microcomputer Applications in Neurodiagnostics 2
NDT A298 Clinical Internship 1
PSG A100 Polysomnography Basics 1
 Total Units74.5-79.5