Neurodiagnostic Technology Degree Program
Earn your associate degree in Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) from DeVry University, and you'll be prepared to join one of the growing professions in the healthcare industry; employment of Neurodiagnostic technicians is expected to grow between 20 and 28 percent from 2010 to 2020*. DeVry University's associate degree program in Neurodiagnostic Technology was designed to help provide the technical training to run and monitor typical diagnostic tests as well as the communication skills to interact effectively, ethically and compassionately with patients, family members and staff.
The two-year Neurodiagnostic Technology associate degree program includes two semesters of classroom instruction at DeVry's North Brunswick campus and three semesters of hands-on clinical training under the direction of medical faculty at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute.
*O*NET OnLine, Neurodiagnostic Technologists, on the Internet at www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2099.01. (visited November 1, 2012).
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Focusing on applying concepts and skills to real-world situations, DeVry's Neurodiagnostic Technology program curriculum includes these career-enhancing courses:
Functional Neuroanatomy A
Correlative Neurology IA
Clinical Practicum IA
Students are introduced to the structural organization of the central nervous system. Studies begin with an overview of the skull and vertebral column, major subdivisions of the brain and spinal cord, and circulation of blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Also addressed are the neuroanatomical substrates underlying initiation, control and integration of voluntary movements; pathways and centers involved in all modalities of sensation; and subsystems involved in consciousness and higher cortical functions.
Students study the underlying physiological concepts and functioning of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. This neurodiagnostic technology course begins with a review of relevant properties of matter in solution, followed by study of membrane physiology and sensory receptor mechanisms; functional properties of nerve, muscle and synapse; and integrative activity of the central nervous system, from spinal cord to cortex.
This neurodiagnostic technology course introduces diseases of the nervous system. Course material is organized by level of the nervous system involved in the disease process and focuses on clinical manifestations of disease in each etiologic category. Diseases of the brain, brainstem and cerebellum are examined. Didactic material is supplemented by clinical demonstrations and related to students' experience in lab rotations.
This practicum constitutes the first part of the three-part practicum experience. Throughout the experience students learn in a clinical environment, rotating through multiple disciplines: electroencephalography (EEG), polysomnography (PSG - sleep study), evoked potential (EP), intraoperative monitoring (IOM), epilepsy monitoring and nerve conduction studies (NCSs). An additional elective rotation is also required. In this first practicum, practical applications of EEG and PSG are emphasized. Each practicum course requires a substantial number of hours of professional practice time in an approved external healthcare setting.
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