Neurodiagnostic Technology Program

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.

Our Goal

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

Lurie Children’s Neurodiagnostic Training Program is one of only a few programs in the United States approved by ABRET-Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation Board as a pathway towards the R. EEG T., board exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Neurodiagnostic procedures include:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Evoked Potentials (EP)
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM)
  • Long Term Monitoring (LTM)
  • 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.

Download the application below and submit it to Erik Padilla, director of Neurodiagnostics, at erpadilla@luriechildrens.org.

Download application

ASET EEG Core Curriculum

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

Faculty

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

Linda Laux, MD
Medical Director

Contact Us

For questions, please contact Erik Padilla, director of Neurodiagnostics, at erpadilla@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.4019.