Electroencephalography Classes

Electroencephalography (EEG) is the process of measuring brain waves and is often used in treating neurological disorders. EEG technology classes are usually part of a medical technology degree program. Find out about these programs and get details on the different classes you can take. Schools offering Electroneurodiagnostic Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn In An EEG Class?

Classes in EEG (Electroencephalography) teach you how to use electroneurodiagnostic techniques to identify and treat neurological disorders in a clinical setting. EEG classes are often taught in neurodiagnostics programs. A few examples of courses you might take are:

Introduction to Electroencephalography

This course provides a foundation of the concepts used in EEG technology. Students may cover the history that led to using EEG in diagnosing abnormalities of brain wave patterns. Also discussed may be safety practices for the patient, and how to communicate with patients.

Introduction to Electroneurodiagnostic Technology

Students will learn the foundations of electroneurodiagnostic testing, typically covering topics such as terminology, both medical and specific to EG waveforms and patterns. Also discussed might be instrumentation and how the technology is used to diagnose neurological disorders. There may be discussion of the Scope of Practice, as well as ethics and HIPAA issues.

Neonatal and Pediatric EEG

Learning the EEG patterns present in neonatal and pediatric patients is the focus of this course. Students might learn the placement of electrodes in children and neonates, and methods for performing EEG on those patients. Also covered may be pattern recognition for abnormal pediatric EEGs as well as causes such as cerebral vascular accidents or diseases.

Instrumentation

Students may learn how digital EEG equipment is calibrated and concepts like waveform analysis and polarity. Other topics may include recording techniques, filters, and chart speed. Discussions on troubleshooting and how to change settings to refine the EEG readouts are also included in this course.

EEG Clinical

Students in a clinical course typically experience hands-on learning in a neurodiagnostic lab. They may expect to perform EEGs on patients, applying the concepts and skills they have learned in the classroom. This course may also teach students how to take a patient's clinical history and understand lab protocols.

Where Can I Take Classes?

Classes in electroencephalography are most commonly offered within associate's degree programs in neurodiagnostics. There are some programs for specialized series of classes that takes 12-18 months to complete. Schools often offer neurodiagnostic programs online; however, you'll generally be required to complete lab work on campus or in an approved lab facility. Additionally, hospitals and other healthcare facilities sometimes offer classes in EEG technology, which could be useful if you already work as a nurse or medical technician but want to take on a new specialty.

This course of study may culminate in a final exam meant to prepare you to sit for a certification exam, such as one offered by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic Technologists.

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