Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

NDT 104 - Neurodiagnostic Technology Practicum III

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the duties involved in performing Evoked Potential (EP) testing procedures and will introduce students to the basic clinical and technical concepts of visual, auditory and somatosensory evoked potentials. This course also provides instruction for basic computer components and their performance, digital recordings, vertical and horizontal resolution, Nyquist theory, aliasing, sampling rate, sampling skew, display gain, epoch/paperspeed, montage reformatting, networking, data transfer, archiving and video linking and recording references.

Students will attend both lecture and lab. Students 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:

Understand basic computer components and their performance as they relate to neurodiagnostic testing procedures. This includes digital recordings, vertical and horizontal resolution, aliasing, sampling skew and waveform display settings.
Describe the basic computer components of a digital Evoked Potential (EP) machine.
Define digital related terms such as: analog to digital conversion, horizontal and vertical resolution and aliasing.
Define evoked potentials and explain how they are used to evaluate neural functioning.
Describe the accepted use of parameter settings and appropriate instrumentation for auditory, visual and somatosensory evoked potentials.
State the electrode measurement and application techniques for auditory visual and somatosensory evoked potentials.
Describe the anatomy of the auditory, visual, and sensory pathways.
Identify the waveform responses and generator sites.
State the criteria for clinically significant abnormality.
Define key terms used for evoked potential interpretation.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: NDT 102 and NDT 103 with grade C or better