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Neurodiagnostic Technology Career Facts

Neurodiagnostic Technologists are trained professionals who specialize in studying and recording the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. They use electroencephalograph (EEG) machines, evoked potential (EP), and other high-tech equipment to record measurements of the central nervous system.

Technologists work one-on-one with patients in a healthcare setting, and often work in collaboration with other health professionals. They perform tasks such as obtaining and reviewing medical histories, attaching electrodes to a patient’s scalp and body, observing and documenting a patient’s clinical condition, and communicating with friends, family, and other healthcare personnel. They are called upon to assist neurologists in producing graphs that help detect and diagnose diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. Neurodiagnostic technologists must also be prepared to manage any emergency situation that may arise in the laboratory.

Neurodiagnostic Technologist falls under a general employment category of ‘Health Technologists and Technicians,’ and ‘All Other’ in America’s Career InfoNet (www.acinet.org) and Workforce Explorer (www.WorkforceExplorer.com). Nationally, a 15% increase in these jobs is projected between 2006 and 2016; in Washington, the projected increase is 20%.

A salary survey completed in 2006 by the American Society of Neurodiagnostic Technologists showed that the average salary for all NDT professionals is $48,173, or roughly $25.00 per hour. In Washington, the average salary for such positions is $24.41 and ranges from $14.90 to $34.01 per hour.

For more information, please visit Bureau of Labor statistics.

Bellevue College Program and Licensure Information

Students who complete Bellevue College’s Neurodiagnostic Technology Program will be prepared to take the national exam for EEG, administered by Neurodiagnostic Credentialing & Accreditation ABRET.

Washington State does not require additional licensure to work as a Neurodiagnostic Technician or EEG Technician.

Oregon does not require a license to work as an EEG or NDT technician. Oregon does require a license to work as a Polysomnographic Technologist – Review Licensing Information.

For additional information on Bellevue College healthcare program licensure, please visit the BC SARA page.

Last Updated August 24, 2021