Electroneurodiagnostic (END) technologists use high-tech equipment to record and measure the electrical impulses of the brain and nervous system. They use a machine called an electroencephalogram (EEG) and other specialized equipment to monitor normal and abnormal activity in the central nervous system. Physicians use the information from these instruments to diagnose brain diseases, evaluate head injuries and uncover mental disorders. END technologists take the patient’s medical history and prepare them for the test by attaching electrodes that transmit data to the EEG.
END technologists typically work regular hours in neurology departments at hospitals, but may also find employment at physician offices, colleges and universities, laboratories, medical centers and psychiatric facilities. They may manage the electroneurodiagnostic lab and provide training for less experienced technologists.
On-the-job training is common for END technologists, but they must possess at least an associate’s degree. Community colleges offer two-year programs that combine classroom instruction with clinical experience in a hospital neurology department.
Licensure and Certification
END technologists can obtain professional credentials in EEG and other specialized equipment. Certification is achieved by passing a written exam offered by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Electroneurodiagnostic technologists are part of a group of health technologists and technicians that are in demand. The expected job growth for the state is 20%.