What Topics Are Covered in an EEG Course?
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is used to measure and monitor brain activity for the diagnosis and treatment of certain neurological disorders. Some colleges and several organizations in the United States offer EEG courses to students interested in learning about this technology. Course topics may include terminology, technology, history and disorders.
EEG Course Topics
Subjects that are covered in an EEG course are generally similar whether the course is taught at a college or through a neurological organization (i.e. Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback). Examples of these topics are outlined in the following list:
- Anatomy and neurological disorders
- EEG technology
- EEG history and concepts
- EEG pattern recognition
Important Facts About EEG Courses
|Prerequisites||High school diploma/GED, CPR certification|
|Common Courses||Emergency Preparedness, Clinical Practicum, Fundamentals of Healthcare|
|Online Availability||Offered in addition to in-class programs|
|Possible Careers||EEG Technician/Technologist|
|Median Salary (June 2019)*||$50,290 (for EEG technologists)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||17% growth (for all diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists)|
Sources: *Payscale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Many EEG courses teach students EEG terminology relating to technology and procedures. For example, the material may explore EEG terms used to explain procedures to patients, as well as in the writing of reports. Medical terminology might also be discussed.
Anatomy and Neurological Disorders
Human anatomy and physiology are likely to be topics addressed in an EEG course. Information about neurological disorders most commonly seen by EEG technicians is typically taught. Discussions about epilepsy, trauma, seizures, lesions and congenital neurological diseases are all topics of interest.
A basic introduction to the EEG itself is an essential part of any EEG course. Settings, electrode placement, analog and digital EEG, measurement techniques, variants, montages, application methods and activation procedures are some of the topics that are examined. How to use an EEG for adults and in pediatric settings may also be discussed.
EEG History and Concepts
Students generally learn a brief history about EEG and neuro-feedback when they take an EEG course. A course may consider concepts, techniques, theories and protocols. The foundations of neurofeedback might be included as well.
EEG Pattern Recognition
Students are taught to look at fundamental waves or complex patterns to discern EEG patterns. They may also become familiar with abnormal (i.e. alpha coma, PLEDS or burst suppression) and normal (i.e. alpha, beta, BETS and positive spikes) patterns.