Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

NDT 101 - Neurodiagnostic Technology Practicum I

Course Description

This course provides ongoing clinical instruction and an evaluation method for students to demonstrate clinical competency for electroencephalography (EEG) procedures. Students learn about various hospital department functions and will be oriented to lab equipment, lab policies and procedures. Students are given instruction on the importance of the utilization and role of Allied Health Professionals in emergency situations, as well as bioterrorism and hazard preparedness.

Students complete 10 hours per week of EEG application lab and clinical experience during this course. Students utilize mannequin heads and fellow classmates (seated students) for electrode placement while gaining experience, increasing accuracy and speed prior to clinical practice. This course combines didatic information with clinical experience and psychomotor skills in a real clinical setting.

Student must pass each Clinical Competency Exam with at least a 70%.
Students must achieve a "C" or better in each NDT course within the Neurodiagnostic Technology Program in order to progress sequentially to the next course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Apply necessary critical thinking skills to assess and meet patient needs.
Measure head according to the International 10-20 system.
Identify electrode locations according to the international 10-20 system of measurement.
Demonstrate basic math skills necessary to adhere to 10-20 measurement system.
Accurately apply electrodes using various accepted methods of paste and collodion.
Gather and input patient information including pertinent medical history.
Apply the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) guidelines for montage development and routine Electroencephalogram (EEG) recording.
Complete practicum and clinical requirements and provide documentation of clinical performance.
Provide documentation of EEGs performed.
Describe various departmental supplies and equipment as well as policies for patient sedation, maintaining equipment, handling hazardous items such as collodion, acetone, needles and sharps.
Understand electrical safety in the patient care setting.
Recognize basic normal patterns in the awake, drowsy and asleep adult EEG and provide. documentation of technical interpretation in clinical practice.

Credit Hours: 7
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 10

Course Prerequisites: Coreq: NDT 100