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Health Studies - Neurodiagnostic Technology, Associate in Applied Science

Effective: Spring, 2018

The Delaware County Community College/Crozer Chester Medical Center Health Studies- Neurodiagnostic Technology Program (HSNT) is designed for individuals seeking a career as a Neurodiagnostic Technologist. Through classroom and clinical experiences, students will receive the instruction necessary to perform Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) procedures which are essential for the clinical investigation of many neurological, neurosurgical and sleep disorders. These disorders include: epilepsy, brain injury, stroke, headache, brain tumor, “brain death,” insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and spinal cord and nerve dysfunction. Students will gain the technical skills necessary to operate sophisticated NDT equipment in a variety of settings including operating rooms and intensive care units. The Neurodiagnostic Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).

An information packet outlining the admission process for the HSNT program can be obtained in Admissions and the Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing (AHESN) office.  Prospective students are also encouraged to attend an information session. Please check the DCCC website for session dates and times.

Background Checks and Criminal Convictions - A student who has been convicted of a prohibitive offense contained in Act 13 and /or Act 169 may not be able to complete
their studies because clinical experiences needed for course/program success may be prohibited. If student cannot complete his/her clinical studies, he/she will not be accepted into the HSNT program. A detailed list is available for review in the AHESN office. All HSNT applicants are required provide a Criminal History Record Information Report, Federal Criminal History Report (FBI) and a Child Abuse Clearance prior to admission. Students must be free of prohibitive offense convictions. Specific guidelines as to how to obtain, store, and submit background clearances and reports is contained in the Neurodiagnostic Technology Program information packet.

Admission Standards - To be considered for the HSNT program, an applicant must meet one of the following standards: DCCC College placement test (remediation must be completed prior to applying to the program) and Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test "HOBET" (Composite Total: 50%, Reading: 54%, Science: 33%, Math: 46% and English: 46% or Previous Associate, Bachelor's or higher degree. Please refer to the HSNT admission procedures packet (available in the AHESN office) for detailed information concerning the admission process. Seating for this program is limited. Depending on the number of applicants, students may be ranked for placement into the program.

Health Screening, CPR, and Health Insurance - Prior to beginning the Neurodiagnostic Technology Practicum I (NDT 101), all accepted students must have on file the results of
a complete physical examination. This will include: a complete blood count, documented seasonal influenza vaccine, compliance with recommendations for the Hepatitis B
vaccine, Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Varicella (Chicken pox), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis), documentation of a two-step Matoux
PPD (must be current within one year of start date) and a 10-panel urine drug screen. Additionally, students must provide documentation of medical insurance, and full CPR
certification. Students must submit a photocopy (both sides) of the CPR Certification Card. Acceptable CPR courses are the Health Care Provider (American Heart Association) or the Course for the Professional (American Red Cross). These are both renewable every two years.

Certain manual dexterity and sensory abilities, that will enable the student to competently perform the required technical skills, are necessary for successful completion of the HSNT program. A detailed list is available in the AHESN office and will be reviewed with each student upon acceptance to the program. Health problems that can interfere with the applicant's ability to meet program competencies are considered on an individual basis.

Program Guidelines - Students must achieve a "C" or better in BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 151 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and in each program required NDT course. Students may be removed from the program for violation of patient safety, confidentiality, or behavior incompatible with acceptable standards pending outcome of appeal process. Information can be found in the DCCC Student Handbook and the HSNT Program policy and procedure manual. Selected clinical practicums will be provided under the supervision of the HSNT program faculty. These are learning experiences for which the student receives no monetary remuneration or other reimbursement.

Additional Expenses - In addition to normal tuition and fees. HSNT students are required to purchase books, uniforms, Neurodiagnostic Society student membership, and miscellaneous supplies. The students are also responsible for commuting and/or parking expenses to reach clinical rotations and classes.

Certifications - The Neurodiagnostic Technology Program is accredited as the Crozer-Chester Medical Center School of Clinical Neurophysiology by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Program (www.CAAHEP.org). After the first six months of enrollment, the students are eligible to take Part I of the Electroencephalographic Written Exam (R.EEG.T). Sitting for Part 1 of this exam is a requirement of the program and should be scheduled prior to the final semester. HSNT program graduates, who successfully pass Part II of the exam, will be awarded the R. EEG.T credential. Graduates are immediately eligible to apply for registration in Evoked Potential (R.EP.T). After employment in a field of advanced monitoring, technologists who hold the R. EEG.T. credential, can become certified in Long Term Monitoring (CLTM) or Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM).

An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a "C" or better in all AHESN courses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in obtaining standard and specialized electroencephalogram (EEG) studies.
  • Demonstrate competence in performing polysomnogram (PSG) studies.
  • Comply with professional ethics, maintain patient safety and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Neurodiagnositc Technology (NDT) equipment and instrumentation.
  • Comply with recommended electrode application and removal techniques.
  • Clinically correlate Neurodiagrrostic Technology studies to neurological disorders and anatomy.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills for the health care environment.
  • Recognize how political, cultural and soci-economic forces impact the health care system.
  • Demonstrate basic math skills needed for Neurodiagnostic Technology testing procedures.

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Third Semester (3 credits)

CoursesCredits
NDT 104 - Neurodiagnostic Technology Practicum III3

Fourth Semester (6 credits)

CoursesCredits
NDT 105 - Neurodiagnostic Technology Practicum IV3
Electives
Any Oral Communication designated course (3 credits)

Sixth Semester (14 credits)

CoursesCredits
NDT 202 - Neurodiagnostic Technology Practicum VI8
AHA 207 - Ethical/Legal Aspects of Health Care Management3
Electives
Any Global Understanding AND Diversity and Social Justice designated course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 72