Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

NDT 103 - Neurodiagnostic Technology Principles and Practicum II

Course Description

Neurodiagnostic Technology Principles and Practicum II expands on the basic concepts learned in electroencephalogram (EEG) technology and Practicum I and will introduce the advanced concepts of EEG technology. This course also covers the basic concepts of instrumentation including hardware, polarity, localization and filters. Students will learn The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) Guidelines for more complex EEG recordings, such as cerebral brain death studies and pediatric recording requirements. Students will also be trained to recognize more complex EEG patterns such as the maturing EEG of a neonate, abnormal patterns associated with multiple neurologic conditions and patterns of unknown significance.

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:

Identify normal, abnormal and benign electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns.
Differentiate between physiologic electrographic EEG and artifact.
Explain the affects of filters on specific waveforms.
Describe EEG activity using appropriate terminology.
Identify specific artifacts and method of elimination.
Apply polarity rules in order to identify EEG patterns.
List the advantages and disadvantages of each type of electrode and method of application.
Complete clinical requirements and document (12 hours/week).
Provide documentation of EEGs performed.
Provide documentation of pattern recognition and technical interpretation.
Explain the technical and ethical concepts of brain death, Electrocerebral Inactivity (ECI), recordings.
Discuss in detail The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) Guidelines for recording pediatric EEG studies and how they relate to the everyday clinical setting.
List common antiepileptic medications, their uses, side effects, and effects on the EEG tracing.
Explain sedation practices and the advantages and disadvantages associated with conscious sedation.

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 10

Course Prerequisites: NDT 100, NDT 101 all with grade C or better Coreq. NDT 102