The Neurodiagnostic Technology Program at Lurie Children’s is a 12-month instructional program focused on Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Monitoring.
The program is scheduled, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m. with rotating weekends. Upon completion of the program, each trainee will have become proficient in carrying out routine EEG studies and Epilepsy Monitoring. As part of the hands-on training program, students will be required to complete a 4-month rotation working night shift from 6 p.m.–6:30 a.m.
The program approach combines didactic teaching using the ASET-EEG Core Curriculum (EEG 200-211), which includes the neuroscientific basis for recording of the EEG coupled with extensive hands-on training recording EEGs in children with daily physician record review.
Throughout the 12-month training program our students complete a total of 1500 direct patient care clinical hours.
To grow a qualified workforce by promoting patient safety and providing standardized training to achieve professional competence in the field of Neurodiagnostic Technology.
ABRET Approved Formal Neurodiagnostic Training Program
Neurodiagnostic Technologists obtain physiologic data from the central and peripheral nervous system; analyze and report the results in a manner consistent with their training, education, experience, and credentialing.
Neurodiagnostic procedures are performed in all areas of the hospital, including the Epilepsy Center, Clinical Neurophysiology Lab, acute and critical care areas such as the operating room, intensive care units, and the emergency department. Neurodiagnostic procedures are also performed in satellite locations.
Intensive Care Unit Continuous EEG Monitoring (ICU/cEEG)
Polysomnography Studies (PSG/Sleep Studies)
The Neurodiagnostic program is open to current Lurie Children’s employees and external candidates. Internal applicants will transfer from their current position to the Neurodiagnostic Tech Assistant position. This is a full time 1.0 FTE training position.
Lurie Children’s employees must meet the transfer requirements. Please see Transfers, Promotions and Job Changes Policy.
Once the 12-month training period ends, the Neurodiagnostic Tech Assistants must vacate the position. An internal Neurodiagnostic Technologist position is not guaranteed upon completion of program.
However, Neurodiagnostic Tech Assistants can apply with other hospitals/institutions for Neurodiagnostic positions.
High School diploma required (Associates Degree Preferred)
Internal Lurie Children’s employees must meet transfer requirements
Minimum of one year of experience working as a CNA, Medical Assistant, EKG Technician, or other Allied Health Professional preferred
High degree of professionalism, good communication, and problem-solving skills
Strong math and science skills
Neurodiagnostic Tech Assistants are provided with 2 hours of scheduled study/course work completion time during their scheduled 8-hour shift. However, patient care does take precedence over study time. 2 hours are not guaranteed.
Tech Assistants are expected to complete coursework and study at home. The average time spent studying and completing course work ranges from 4-8 hours per week.
Tech Assistants are expected to complete each module in 4 weeks.
Our assistants/students do not receive a degree. They do receive a certificate of completion and continuing education credits awarded by ASET-The Neurodiagnostic Society.
ASET-The Neurodiagnostic Society is the membership organization of professionals in the neurodiagnostic field. As the leader of the profession, they are the catalysts for collaboration and education in neurodiagnostics.
The ASET EEG Core Curriculum is purchased by Lurie Children’s Hospital for all Neurodiagnostic Tech Assistants.
The ASET Courses build professional competence by providing the framework to progress from foundational and introductory topics to more complex subjects. This bundled 200 course series will provide the mechanism to help understand and perform EEG examinations.
Required Text Book will be provided by the program:
Libenson, H. (2010) Practical Approach to Electroencephalography
Willis, C. (2006) Medical Terminology: The Language of Health Care, 2nd Ed
EEG 200: Fundamentals of Neuroanatomy EEG 201: Testing Procedures & Terminology EEG 202: Electrodes, Electrode Placement, & Application Methods EEG 203: Fundamentals of EEG & Patient Care EEG 204: Digital EEG Concepts & Electrical Safety EEG 205: Normal Adult EEG, Normal Variants, & Drug Effects EEG 206: Instrumentation Part I Differential Amplifier, Montage Design & Filters EEG 207: Instrumentation Part 2 Waveform Analysis & Polarity EEG 208: Artifacts identification and Troubleshooting EEG 209: EEG in Epilepsy EEG 210: EEG in Neurological Disorders EEG 211: EEG in Pediatric Patients & Neonates EEG 212: Final Review & Practice Exams
Neurodiagnostic Technology Program Outcomes
Academic year: 2016 Students Enrolled: 1 Students Graduated: 1 Job Placement: 1 (100%)
Academic year: 2017 Students Enrolled: 2 Students Graduated: 2 Job Placement: 2 (100%)
Academic year: 2018 Students Enrolled: 2 Students Graduated: 2 Job Placement: 2 (100%)
Academic year: 2019 Students Enrolled: 4 Students Graduated: 4 Job Placement: 4 (100%)
Academic year: 2020 Students Enrolled: 4 Students Graduated: 4 Job Placement: 4 (100%)
Academic year: 2021 Students Enrolled: 4 Students Graduated: 4 Job Placement: 4 (100%)
Academic year: 2022 Students Enrolled: 4 Students Graduated: In process Job Placement: In process
Mariana Vicenteno, AS, R. EEG T.,CLTM Lead Instructor
Khrystyna Moskalyk, BS, R. EEG T., NA-CLTM Lead Instructor
Erik Padilla, MBA, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM, FASET, FACHE Director